Back for its 17th year, the Interior Design Show (IDS15) is proud to announce a celebrated roster of talent joining this year’s show, hand-picked from across the globe by its sleut team of trend hunters. The powerhouse speakers joining IDS15 will bring their notable experiences, insider knowledge and international perspectives to the Caesarstone Stage from January 23-25, 2015.
In addition to presenting the main stage, Caesarstone will return to the epicentre of IDS with another worldwide debut: its first collaboration with Philippe Malouin Studio. As part of its ongoing commitment to creating new platforms for design, Caesarstone has invited the Canadian-born, London-based designer to engage with its quartz surface materials, emphasizing their inherent qualities of strength, durability and design. The playful installation will contrast a minimalist and monolithic sculptural language with the idea of childhood memory and play.
AZURE Trade Talks
Sebastian Herkner joins the AZURE Trade Talks roster of speakers on Friday, January 23, 2015,
alongside International Guest of Honour, Wanda Jelmini, Creative Director, T&J Vestor for MissoniHome, supported by John Paul & Co. The rising German design star, presented by Avenue Road, will dazzle Canada’s top design professionals with stories of his product collaborations for an array of leading manufacturers, including Pulpo, ClassiCon Caesarstone, Very Wood, Moroso, Sancal, La Chance, Rosenthal and many more. His small-but-mighty design studio is known for its merging of cultural contexts and combining of new technologies with traditional craftsmanship. Avenue Road will also present a one-of-a-kind installation of Herkner’s portfolio on the show floor, with a space designed by
the wunderkind himself.
Arkansas-based architect and professor Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architects is the third and final speaker joining Herkner and Jelmini to inspire and educate Friday’s attending industry. Known from his work that steps outside the architectural mainstream on residential, commercial, institutional and urban projects, Blackwell’s designs
draw upon vernaculars and typologies and the contradictions of place. His boundary breaking
creations have received numerous national and international design awards including being named a United States Artists Ford Fellow 2014 and selected for the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Blackwell’s work has also garnered significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines, including “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Globe Style Saturday
IDS15’s Globe Style Saturday brings the design talent of New York City to the heart of Toronto. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, leading potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler will take the Caesarstone Stage. Expect a vibrant presentation based upon his mantra of bringing style, craft and joy to your life through his coveted furnishings and accessories.
In addition to ceramic design, Adler offers everything from furniture, rugs, décor, bedding, lighting and fashion accessories. There are more than 25 Jonathan Adler stores globally and a wholesale presence in over 1,000 locations around the world. His unique and beloved sensibility has led to collaborations with top brands including Starbucks, Lacoste, TOMS and many more, as well as the authoring of four books including his latest, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life.
Television star, author and interior designer Thom Filicia of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. also joins Saturday’s festivities. While Filicia gained notoriety from his participation in the Emmy-Award winning show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and hosting of STYLE NETWORK’s Dress my Nest and Tacky House, he has emerged as one of today’s most influential interior designers. Filicia is also the author of Thom Filicia Style, American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat and co-authored Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5 Guide to Living Better. In addition to the Thom Filicia Home Collection made up of furniture, rugs, textiles, artwork and more, Filicia also recently opened his first to-the-trade showroom, Sedgwick & Brattle, in the New York Design Center. The location offers products from his Thom Filicia Home Collection, a curated collection of items from around the country as well as one-of-a-kind vintage and antique pieces.
Rounding out Globe Style Saturday‘s speaker lineup, President and Owner of world-famous design firm Mark Hampton LLC, Alexa Hampton will share her love of architecture and strict lines that has gained domestic and international exposure. Hampton holds a coveted spot on Architectural Digest’s top 100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects and boasts a growing collection of home product lines: fabric and trims for Kravet, The Alexa Hampton Carpet Collection for STARK, a furniture line for Hickory Chair Co., a lighting collection for Visual Comfort & Co. and The Alexa Hampton Home Collection for HSN including towels, bedding, slipcovers and curtains. She has written two critically praised books, The Language of Interior Design and Decorating in Detail, both of which are filled with the most glamourous of rooms.
Don’t miss your chance to cover the design event of the year – media accreditation is now open. To attend the Interior Design Show, all members of the media must apply to be accredited and commit to coverage of IDS15.
About Interior Design Show
From January 22-25, 2015, the Interior Design Show will return to Toronto for its 17th year, showcasing hot-topic design trends and the most innovative of international and Canadian design. An incubator of ideas, the show hosts the most influential design minds of today, curates feature exhibitions and collaborations, and is a platform to launch never-before-seen products. IDS is not just a fair — it’s a total design experience. Don’t miss the three day event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this winter. Visit www.interiordesignshow.com.