Faves from IDS Toronto 2018

We returned to Toronto again this year to check out the Interior Design Show, i.e. IDS 2018, where we scoped out some new designs. Part of the show was the Maker section, now in its fourth year, which Design Milk curates to show a variety of handcrafted North American designers that focus on smaller batches with limited distribution. Check out those exhibitors’ designs below, along with a few of our other favorites from the overall show.

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Faves from IDS Toronto 2018

Objects & Ideas showed a selection of minimalist designs, each with a creative spin. Their Wye Rocker stood out with its continuous curves and a sling seat, resulting in a piece that’s just as beautiful as it is comfortable.

Kroft recently launched HNGR, a self-leveling hanging system that can be used to hold your clothes, coats, plants, lighting, artwork, or even magazines. The minimalist design can work in the entryway, bedroom, laundry room, or anywhere else you might need storage. Smart and simple.

Miles & May have given their M3 Chair an update in sleek white leather. The low backed design makes for the perfect dining chair and the new leather is so clean and smooth it’s hard to believe it’s actually leather.

Luxi Studioworks creates statement light fixtures, including these from their Lubach series. The shades are composed of welded steel in a series of fluid, overlapping lines.

Charuk & Ford craft beautiful solid wood pieces from sustainably harvested white oak, like the Boreal Bench that’s the ideal size for an entryway or at a dining table.

Christopher Solar Design was back with a pair of wooden lamps, called the Stitch Floor Lamp, featuring a tripod base, white linen drum shade, and a cloth covered cord that looks as if it’s sewn up one of the legs.

PELLE displayed new additions to their Tripp series of triangular lighting. The Tripp-Mini Sconce boasts strong geometric lines and angles that result in complex reflections. The Tripp collection also comes in a new rust finish that has a weathered texture.

Atelier Bussière had these fun LOG side tables that were inspired by wood, as the name suggests. The irregular tops are made of engraved granite to look like slices of a cut tree sitting atop colorful hairpin legs.

Kastella’s handcrafted furniture on display included these C401 stools that seem simple at a quick glance, only to discover really beautiful details, like the smooth transition between seat and legs along with a machined brass footrest.

1925Workbench was born from a need of particular hardware for a sliding barn door only to discover it wasn’t easy to find. That led to them designing much more than just gorgeous barn door hardware – they also make custom doors, furniture, and rolling library ladders.

Moving on from the Maker section, we headed to the Canadian by Nature exhibit, which showcased over 60 emerging and established designers and studios of Canadian architecture and design. The section, curated by Paul Makovsky of Metropolis Magazine, gave great insight into some of the best Canadian design out there, including this DST Clock by Lukas Peet. The brilliant design will remove all frustration every six months when it’s time to reset your clock to go on and off Daylight  Savings Time. Simply rehang the clock on the other hole to go back or advance an hour.

Also part of the Canadian by Nature display was the Mamba Rug by Watson Soule. I loved the graphic black, white, and green pattern.

Back in 2013 and 2014, we covered the prefab, multi-use Bunkie cabins. The Bunkie company designs were smart, thoughtfully designed, and well, adorable. The company continues to evolve the design adding new modules and beautiful interiors like the one above.

ANONY was a standout at last year’s IDS and they came back through with a new fixture that definitely drew a crowd. The Highwire pendant features weighted light disks that rest on taught cables which allow the user to adjust to change the look and feel of the overall design.

The Portal from ROSA had a deep set hexagon frame with a peach hued mirror that was really beautiful. The notched out edge was also a great detail.

COFO Design launched their first collaboration with freshly graduated designer, Trish Roque. Their design model aims to give up and coming designers a start by co-producing the work with them and guiding them along the design process from start to finish. The Roque chair mixes Japanese and Scandinavian design sensibilities with its cold-rolled steel frame in a brushed black satin polish finish and its oversized upholstered seat.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.