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January 21-24, 2021
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Trade Days Presented by
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Trade Talks Presented by
NEW this year - the entire show floor, including IDS Contract and IDS Main will be open during Thursday and Friday Trade Days. IDS Trade Days offer an unparalleled opportunity for you to connect with more than 14,000 leading designers, architects, purchasing executives, builders, developers, owners and managers. Including IDS Contract - a highly curated B2B exposition and IDS Conference - a robust conference of over 60 seminars and keynotes, IDS Trade Days will transform your business. Uncover not just what’s new and what’s next, but taking part in the larger conversation around design.
Focusing on all verticals of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government, IDS20 addresses the themes: Business of Design, Future of Work, Future of Living, and Technology. IDS Trade Days are open to trade professionals only. All guests will be welcomed to the Opening Night Party.
$15 Until Nov 30, 2019, online
$25 Dec 1 - Jan 18, 2020, online
$30 At the door
$35 Trade Days + Public Days, online
$50 Trade Days + Public Days, at the door
$15 Students (at the door / cash only)
Internationally acclaimed architect Francis Kéré garnered critical praise early in his architectural practice when awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first-ever design, a primary school he realized in collaboration with the residents of his native Gando, Burkina Faso. Since then, Kéré has become one of the most distinguished contemporary architects of his time. Noted for his pioneering of a communal approach to design, Kéré is committed to using sustainable materials and modes of construction in all of his work.
Inspired by a curiosity for the particularities of any given locality and its social tapestry, he has gathered a diverse, agile team at his Berlin-based Kéré Architecture offices, to take on projects across four continents. Most prominently these include his design for the Burkina Faso National Assembly, the Léo Surgical Clinic & Health Centre (2014), the Lycée Schorge Secondary School (2016), the Serpentine Pavilion (2017) and Xylem (2019), a gathering pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center.
Underpinning his architectural practice are his past and current teaching engagements at TU München, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and Yale University as well as his participation in solo and group exhibitions including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Museo ICO in Madrid, the Architekturmuseum in Munich, the MoMA in New York, the Royal Academy in London and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine, and was named “Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World” by Forbes, Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and chief designer of fuseproject, founded in 1999.
Béhar was part of pioneering design as a force for positive social and environmental change. His humanitarian work includes One Laptop Per Child, which has given 2.5 million laptops to children in developing countries, and See Better to Learn Better, which distributes free corrective eyeglasses to schoolchildren in Mexico and California. For these Béhar was honored with the INDEX Award, making him the only designer to have received the award twice.
His collaborations with partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Samsung, Puma, Issey Miyake, Prada, SodaStream, Swarovski, Canal+, British Gas, Nivea and others have received international acclaim. He is widely recognized for products such as the One Laptop Per Child, the breakthrough Jambox wireless speaker, the smart baby sleeper SNOO, and the widely successful Herman Miller Sayl task chair.
Béhar's works are in the collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Toronto’s design scene is thriving: the city is home to over 24,000 designers and 4,300 manufacturing firms. We boast some of the most respected high-quality office manufacturers in the world and a healthy community of craftspeople-makers working in ceramics, textiles and small-batch furniture. But, the city still presents challenges to design brands aiming to expand their manufacturing prowess while keeping production local.
This panel will discuss - What does it take to design and make things in Toronto? What kinds of resources — from metal factories to advanced manufacturing tools — are these labels tapping into? What level of quality, not to mention street cred, do they establish by keeping a tight geographical footprint?
Azure Talks: Made in Toronto is presented by Teknion.
Mischa Couvrette credits his inherent knack for building for the international success of Hollis + Morris. Since establishing the brand five years ago, he has shown his collections – including such memorable pieces as the Willow pendants, Oldtown Stool and Pier Dining Table – both at home inToronto and at design fairs like New York’s ICFF. Couvrette's designs display an unwavering truth to materials – a reflection of his straight-shooting nature – and building Hollis + Morris as a brand has revealed both his unique creativity and extraordinary ambition.
The founder of the eponymous Studio Paolo Ferrari focuses both on objects and interiors, and is at work in projects throughout North American and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Ferrari has worked with luxury heavyweights including Four Seasons, Viceroy Hotels and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH). The studio’s work emerges through the pursuit of inventive and resonant concepts, led by design strategy, refinement and integrity. At its most fundamental, its believes that design is about celebrating the human experience.
An emerging Toronto lighting and product design studio, Anony counts local manufacturing capabilities and the latest technologies as elemental to its design process. The studio concerns itself with the entire lifecycle of its products, considering their every stage of life in order to produce compelling designs that last. Its thoughtful and honest material choices result in something that exudes quality and inspires care. All of its fixtures use dimmable LED technology and can be fully disassembled to change the light source, replace a part, or re-install.
Brian’s artistic practice is as varied as his work experience, which includes industrial design as the Creative Director of Castor Design (a studio he runs with Kei Ng), stone carving, restaurant ownership and interior design. Richer’s work focuses on thoughtful experimenting with processes and techniques, and finding new ways to use familiar materials. This attention to narrative is maintained throughout Castor's lines of lighting, furniture and accessories, as well as its installations and interiors projects.
As Vice President of Design and Innovation at Teknion, Verbeek oversees the strategic product design direction for all categories of Teknion’s comprehensive furniture worldwide portfolio. He leads the corporate design teams to research and develop creative new workplace products, often in collaboration with international designers. He has designed many products that have contributed to Teknion’s award-winning portfolio of innovative products, transforming the look and feel of today’s workplace.
Please note that while keynotes are complimentary with admission, seating is limited and is on a first-come, first serve basis at the Caesarstone Stage.