Studio North & Prototype.

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Studio North and Prototype  is the marketplace to showcase your custom work and limited-edition collection to the design industry, media and a discerning design audience. Over 65 Canadian and international designers of the highest calibre present one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like setting.

Studio North and Prototype participants are provided with the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a panel of international industry leaders and design experts. Past judges have included designers Tom Dixon, Eero Koivisto, Nipa Doshi, Arne Quinze, Gord Peteran, and Patricia Urquiola, as well as Paul Makovsky of Metropolis, Jesse Ashlock of ID, Kelsey Keith of Dwell Magazine, Giulio Cappellini of Cappellini, Anne Vos of MOOOI USA and Ben Watson of Moroso.

There is no other marketing opportunity in Canada that provides emerging designers and independent studios with such a high-profile platform to network with potential clients, manufacturers, trade professionals, buyers and media.

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Please contact.

Nina Eksir, 416 512 3869, nina.eksir@informa.com


Studio North & Prototype Testimonials.

“I was stoked to present my inaugural collection in Studio North at IDS16. The experience provided a captive audience, particularly with respect to retailers who have purchasing power and local press with national reach. Choosing to exhibit in Studio North was a no-brainer. It’s a hub for emerging talent and over three days, a natural sense of camaraderie develops that fosters new ideas and collaborations. Meeting Booth Award juror Ora Ito was a highlight. I spoke with him a number of times – an opportunity exclusive to Studio North, I feel. I was honoured to receive the Best Collection, Studio North Booth Award. Alongside the press and interest I received, this recognition was both encouraging and rewarding.” – Khalil Jamal, Winner of IDS16 Best Collection, Studio North Booth Award


“The talent and diversity that Studio North brings together is remarkable. As one of the judges of this section on behalf of designboom, choosing only one winner was not an easy task! The presented works are all memorable in their own way, and having the designers on-site to describe their ideas and progress gave important insight into each project. There’s a very dynamic atmosphere in the Studio North space that the community of designers almost self-generates – it’s really exciting. Studio North is an important space for independent studios and emerging creatives to expand their network and present their work to a huge audience of creative professionals, media, manufacturers and potential clients.” – Nina Azzarello, Senior Editor designboom.com IDS16 Studio North Judge


“I think areas like Studio North are very important for young designers, upcoming designers to show their products … I had to go through the same process when I was a young designer. And it was the starting point of my success, to get in contact with companies.” – Sebastien Herkner, IDS15 Trade speaker and Studio North judge


“Many young designers get their start at IDS, by exhibiting prototypes and limitededitions at Studio North, an intriguing and inspiring annual exhibition that offers designers the chance to see and be seen. For IDS attendees, Studio North offers a great overview of what’s current in Canadian design.” – Catherine Osborne, Editor, AZURE Magazine


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