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IDS, Day 1: Innovations for the Kitchen, Expressive Woodwork and Dazzling Lighting

Everything we saw and loved during day one of the Toronto Interior Design Show 2017

dl-0117-events-dllovestag2All throughout the Interior Design Show Toronto, our editors are on the hunt for spectacular products and installations. From January 19 to 22, we’re awarding our Designlines Loves tags to the most beautiful, most innovative, and downright coolest stuff we encounter.

Below is the first batch of IDS designs that caught our eye. Keep track of everything we tagged in our master list.

Expressive Woodwork

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• With their new Hoop Round chandelier, the Brothers Dressler introduce another stunning fixture. Curved pieces of wood surround a bicycle wheel that supports a hanging bulb.

• Djuna Day’s evocative totems – carved from blocks of cedar and Douglas fir – remind us of skyscrapers from some futuristic cityscape.

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Jake Whillans introduced a mighty handsome new white oak seating collection, Linea, that includes both an elegantly proportioned armchair and bar stool. We love how the caramel-coloured leather seat pairs with the wood.

• The fun S3 stool prototype by L-Fy reminds us of a daddy long legs, yet somehow puts a friendly spin on that critter’s slightly menacing form.

Dazzling Lighting

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• Minneapolis brand Hennepin Made’s collection of handmade glass lighting looks fab in a large cluster. Our favourite is Orb, a 38 centimetre-wide pendant that uses three LED bulbs.

• The Distillery District’s Lightmaker Studio is a repeat DL love tag winner. This year, we fell for the new tree-like Boom chandelier. Made of solid brass, it takes about eight weeks to make.

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Anony Studio’s debut collection includes the refined Ohm pendant, Horizon wall sconce and Dawn suspension light. Each one has a tactile component – shades can be tilted, pivoted or slid to cast light in the desired direction.

• Henry Lin of This or That Studio’s white oak Taco pendant has playful personality in spades. Its bent steel shade comes in a poppy powder-coated blue, or a sophisticated copper-plated finish.

Awesome Accessories

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Konzuk’s handcrafted jewelry features authentic diamond dust embedded into black-tinted concrete.

• Ayako Aratani’s porcelain Click-Clock timepieces feature no digits. Instead, they’re softly sculpted to gently hint at the time of day – effectively dissolving any time-related anxiety.

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• Nichole Cross (part of Wasatch Design Collective) transforms the humble wood bowl into a covetable design object with a swooping form, a laser-cut line pattern and an interlocking seam. Available in natural or painted finishes.

• Bring some whimsy to your pantry with Marcel Wanders’s circus-inspired collection of patterned candy jars and cookie tins for Alessi. On display at William Ashley.

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• Housed in a beautiful pavilion designed by Blacklab Architects for Ontario Wood, Rekindle debuted its prototypical walnut with brass accents, peg-hung wall clock.

• Montreal’s F&Y mix precise design and high-end materials in its Barchitecture cocktail set. Found over at Designboom’s mart, the kit includes solid brass coasters, bottle opener, stir sticks and spoon.

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• The lowly milk jug gets not one but three gorgeous updates by Ottawa’s Warehouse. Shown in the Prototype exhibit, the remakes feature a rubberized exterior texture, sharp angles in fire engine red and a licked-by-fire metal finish.

• Using 3D printed stainless steel typically reserved for modern jet planes, Hofer Studio and the lab at Mohawk College have created a shapely, statement-making kitchen knife that’s hollow, allowing a smaller knife to nest inside it and removing the need for a clunky kitchen block.

Slick Kitchens

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• Cubi, a modular kitchen system concept designed by Partisans for AyA Kitchens. Two sizes of boxes can be arranged any which way, with open or closed sides, backs or fronts. The boxes are solid maple, the panels are painted MDF and the counters white Corian.

Valcucine’s New Logica puts everything at arm’s reach. It includes sliding power pucks that can be positioned anywhere along a magnetic track, plus a herb garden module that can be connected to your faucet to water itself. A giant door lifts up to hide any mess when it comes time to entertain.

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Blanco’s latest apron front, the 36″ fireclay Profina, is the stuff kitchen renovation dreams are made of. While it certainly demands a large cucina, a track system allows attachments like an included cutting board and optional drying rack to be slotted in when needed – meaning the sink can double as counter space. Rounded edges prevent accidental bumps as you’re running to and fro with cookie trays.

American Standard’s Measure faucet has a dial on the spout that allows you to pour precise volumes of water ranging from half a cup to four cups.

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• German brand Bauformat’s system is all push doors, giving it a completely flat front. The fridge has a mechanism that will auto-close the door after 3 seconds if it gets accidentally pushed open. Various finishes and colours are available, and the configurations can be customized to fit any brand of appliance.

• We love a good pop of colour in the kitchen and smiled when we came across this glossy red oven popping out of an island. Made by French manufacturer Blomberg (a Distinctive Appliances exclusive), the unit is topped with an induction cooktop.

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