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In just a few days, the 19th annual Interior Design Show will be underway at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, bringing together design talent from around the world for four interactive days. The innovation showcased at IDS promises to set a precedent for interior design in the next year and facilitates important collaboration between those in the field. The event kicks off with a highly anticipated Opening Night Party on Thursday, January 19th, followed by three days dedicated to showcasing both local and international design talent. 


For guests of the show, IDS provides a unique opportunity to interact with designers and experts in the field. This year’s event will be hosting classes geared towards DIY home renovation. Seminars will lead by design experts on Saturday, January 21st. If you’re interested in beefing up your home-reno-chops, you can register to participate in this interactive event here.


Admission into the show will give patrons access to two bustling marketplaces, where they can peruse a variety of for-purchase creative wares curated by local and international designers. The Designboom Mart, curated by Designboom magazine and designed by students of the Ryerson University Interior Design program, showcases the work of 30 international designers and invites guests of the event to browse and purchase textiles and furniture, amongst other wares. 


Also facilitated by IDS17 is the Studio North and Prototype marketplace, which celebrates its 15th year this year. This market features limited edition and experimental furnishings, highlighting the work of more than 65 local and international designers.


The PARTISANS FACTORY exhibit, described as “equal parts fabrication warehouse, artist studio, and lounge party,” will allow onlookers to observe the PARTISANS studio design team as they hand-sculpt their custom line of sculptural lights in collaboration with special guests. Proceeds from the lights formed with guest artists will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Toronto Area. 



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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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