By Hannah Yakobi
Photography by Danielle Preston
It grows every year in attendance and so does its incredible popularity.
Over 50,000 people visited the Interior Design Show in Toronto this year. The 14th annual show was held from Jan.26 to Jan.29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It played host to international and Canadian designs stars, curated a variety of talks and seminars, presented thought-provoking installations and hosted over 300 exhibitors.
IDS12 opened with a VIP Party on Jan.26 – one of the most anticipated events by many in Toronto. The night kicked off with opening remarks by Italian designer Piero Lissoni. Over 5,500 guests enjoyed browsing the colourful and innovative exhibitor stands, drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne, sampling gourmet food from various Toronto restaurants that was available at the venue, and dancing to the beats of internationally renowned designer and DJ Karim Rashid, who was placed in a unique, white, egg-shaped DJ booth that was sleek and eye-catching.
There were also flash mobs and live musical performances by Rob James, featuring dancers from Conteur and So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
One of the fashion highlights at the event were dog-shaped children chairs, each given a unique stamp by 21 different fashion and design celebrities. These chairs were auctioned in support of the IDS charity partner ONEXONE. Guests were able to bid on the art pieces throughout the night and the Cherish Auction & Exhibit raised $30,000.
The event attracted some of the most creative and talented industry people, who also happened to be exceptionally well-dressed.
Once again this year, FAJO Magazine spotted the Best Dressed guests at the IDS.