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Friday, January 18, 2019.

IDS19 programming to be announced. See below for information about IDS18.


Over 12,000 professional members of the trade attend Professional Trade Day, presented by Miele.

IDS Professional Trade Day is reserved for professional members of the design trade. The day is designed to inspire, educate and expose professionals to products, designers, and ideas from both international and national perspectives. In addition to the floor exhibits and features, programming on this day includes the AZURE Trade Talks speakers series that takes place on the Caesarstone Stage, Trade Day seminars, the IDS Booth Awards and Design Awards.

9AM – 6PM

$10.00 before Dec 15, 2017
$25.00 after Dec 15 – Jan 19, 2018
$30.00 Trade Day and weekend, before Dec 15, 2017
$45.00 Trade Day and weekend, after Dec 15, 2017
$10.00 students at the door (cash only)

Register for Trade Day here.

11:00am — 12:00pm

Michael Ford Talk

Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, born and raised in Detroit where he received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). Ford is known as The Hip Hop Architect as he leads a national initiative of exploring architecture and urban planning through the lens of hip-hop culture.

Ford, is the founder of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™, a national camp which uses Hip Hop Architecture as a catalyst to increase the number of underrepresented communities in architecture. Ford is currently working with the hip-hop community, including pioneering artists such as Kurtis Blow, as he leads the programming and development of The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx.

Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including Fast Company Design, Blavity, The Fader, CityLab and Vibe Magazine. Along with these publications, Ford has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University.

1:00pm — 2:00pm

Jay Osgerby Talk

Jay Osgerby began the eponymous London-based, design studio Barber & Osgerby in 1996 with fellow alumnus Edward Barber. In 2001, Barber & Osgerby established the architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio and in 2012 they founded Map Project Office, specialising in research and strategy-led design. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture and site-specific installations as well as limited edition pieces. Public commissions include the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including the V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago.

Jay attained his Master’s degree in Architecture at London’s Royal College of Art, and in 2004 Barber and Osgerby received the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize. In 2007 Jay was awarded ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ by the RSA. He has an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and is a fellow of Ravensbourne College. In 2013 Jay was awarded an OBE for his services to the design industry.

The studio is currently working with leading global manufacturers Axor, B&B Italia, Flos, Hermès, Knoll and Vitra.

3:30pm — 4:30pm

Alex Mustonen from Snarkitecture Talk

Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates work that includes large-scale projects, installations and objects.

Snarkitecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centered on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings.

The studio was co-founded by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham in 2008.

Snarkitecture partner and co-founder Alex Mustonen is a graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

9:00am — 10:00am

The City of the Future; the Necessary Contribution of Designers

Today, we are constantly reading about the scale and speed of urbanization around the world and the increasing role of technology to make our cities more efficient. We have already seen that technology can assist with important cities challenges, such as mobility, but is this all we need? What are the real challenges for cities as we move forward and what can designers contribute to the future scenarios?

10:00am — 11:00am


Learn how to master the #1 social media site for home renovation in this seminar by Caesarstone’s National Marketing Manager John Filomena. Learn how to utilize the digital scrapbook, leverage Houzz as a social media network, customize the Houzz business directory and use the inspirational search engine.

10:30am — 11:30am

Universal Design – Learning From the Past, Designing for the Future

This is a panel discussion moderated by Jane Lockhart with 3 NKBA and Industry Professionals: Andria Cowan Molyneaux, Donna Church, Erika Floysvik.

Aging in Place is a hot topic. In the next two decades, senior housing will reshape the Canadian Housing Market. By 2035, the number of Canadians over 80 years old will double. One-third of households will be headed by someone over 65. It’s crucial to design homes and communities suited to an older population.

In Ontario we’re working to create more ways to keep people in their homes, longer. With Universal Design, what works for seniors can work for everyone.

11:30am — 12:30pm

Using the WELL Building Standard to Optimize Your Healthy Workplace

The WELL Building Standard™ was first released in October 2014 by International Well Building Institute following 7 years of research with physicians, scientists and leading industry professionals.

WELL is a performance-based system for measuring and certifying features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being taking a holistic approach to health in the built environment addressing behavior, operations and design. It can be applied across many real estate sectors, and the current WELL v1 is optimized for commercial and institutional office buildings.

Join our panel of industry professionals with David Hoffman, Marcia O’Connor and Valerie Johnston.

IDCEC HSW Designation Accredited

12:00pm — 1:00pm

The Business of Colour

Join our panel of renowned industry experts and TV personalities, Arren Williams, Shai DeLuca and Sharon Grech, for an engaging discussion surrounding the business of colour. We will explore topics including how colour can impact and grow your business, and how designers can leverage trends and inspiration when addressing client needs.

1:00pm — 2:00pm

Designing For People Means Designing With Them: The Rise of Evidence Based Design

The new science of architecture and interior design clearly shows that we experience space very differently to how we previously thought. But how does that affect how we should be designing our interior environments?

Join Tyler Gilchrist as he presents science-based answers for previously metaphysical questions, such as; what can designers learn from nightclub line-ups and why we should be letting people co-design with us.

1:30pm — 2:30pm

Colour & Material Trends for Spring Summer 2019

Colour Hive Limited, the colour experts behind MIX Magazine, present an inspirational seminar profiling four key colour stories for Spring Summer 2019: Disrupt, Drift, Hush and Worth. Based on this forecast, Martina Kucey will explore how these trends will inform our choices, inspire design concepts and influence material and surface applications for the decorative market.

2:30pm — 3:30pm

Rent Your Brain, Reduce the Pain – Aligning Professional Design Skills

Design Professionals are increasingly challenged to determine the right services, fees and business structures for their design firms or studios. Designers are out priced by online services, online shopping and misunderstandings of what professional design services include. By identifying the skill sets, growth opportunities and client psychographics, the design professional can increase their creative value and apply their skills with homeowners and trade professionals.

By the end of this course led by Corey Klassen, you will be able to:

1. Identify your professional skill sets
2. Determine the skills and assets that align to your business model
3. Formulate a client profile
4. Implement strategies for professional growth

3:00pm — 4:00pm

Creating Brand Chemistry

Creative people tend to be really good at their chosen craft.  Unfortunately, a lot of them start businesses not realising it takes so much more than just their incredible skill, talent or idea. Laura Beauparlant uses her experience starting and working with successful creative businesses over the last 13+ years to help other creative entrepreneurs fast track their own success. You will learn what branding is and why it matters to your business, as well as 5 common branding mistakes that are costing you money, and how to avoid them to build a strong, memorable business that attracts the right clients.

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