Special Delivery is an exhibition which transforms 18-wheeler truck interiors into site-specific, immersive installations created by local designers and artists responding to the mobile space of show trucks. Paired with a truck sponsor, each installation is inspired by and/or incorporates the materials, processes or products of the vehicles they inhabit.
As part of a series of exciting events, these trucks installations “take to the streets” in a Fender Bender Party on September 21 and 22, travelling from IIDEX at the Direct Energy Centre to the Gladstone Hotel. This can't miss event will introduce the show and the installations to a new audience, sharing art and design with the city at large. Fender Bender Party details can be found on our events page.
Special Delivery features artist and designer Scott Eunson with Wilsonart International; multi-media artist Christina Zeidler with Hewlett Packard International; design studio FUGITIVE GLUE with the INSPIRE Group; and artists Jade Rude and Orest Tataryn with D4 Displays. This project is curated by Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of MADE, and Jeremy Vandermeij and Deborah Wang of Toronto Design Offsite.
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Take a break from the bustling show floor at the Club Cambria bar, outfitted in the manufacturer’s ultra-luxe natural quartz from floor to bar top. This year’s bar was designed by IDC members Melandro Quilatan and Tania Richardson and the team at Tomas Pearce Interior Design.
Photo credit: Louis Gagnon
For IIDEX 2012, attendees will be able to head across Canada with Mission Design, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of Canadian design excellence. At IIDEX, Mission Design highlights architecture, interior design, graphic and industrial design award winners in their exhibit from the Taipei World Design Expo. Be sure to experience this innovative S-shaped exhibit using safety cones to create light boxes featuring Canadian design winners.
MARIMEKKO, WITH LOVE
The Textile Museum of Canada will preview their upcoming exhibition Marimekko, With Love, in the Textile Design Expo at IIDEX. The exhibit is a retrospective look at the company’s origins and its role in shaping a new approach to living through fashion and design. The evolution of the company’s creative philosophy and visual identity will be explored, highlighting textile and pattern design the Finnish design house has become renowned for. Founded in 1951 by visionary designer Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo, Marimekko sparked an international revolution in post-WWII pattern and textile production and captured a new philosophy based on the power of design in everyday life.
A groundbreaking Toronto design studio, Karelia, was the first to introduce Marimekko along with other contemporary Finnish design to international audiences. Karelia’s founder – architect, interior and industrial designer Janis Kravis – developed a close relationship with Marimekko’s early creative minds. Objects in the exhibition are primarily drawn from Karelia’s collections and archives developed during this rich period and speak to Marimekko’s enduring legacy in the dynamic world of fashion and design. Marimekko, With Love opens in January 2013 at the Canadian Textile Museum in Toronto.
CANADA SKETCHES WITH MOLESKINE
2012 is a big year for Moleskine in Canada with the launch of 3 innovative initiatives with IIDEX Canada! Leading designers and architects from across Canada will be selected for the Canada Sketches project to create sketches based on their inspirations and design philosophy. The completed Moleskine sketchbooks will be showcased on the show floor in the International Pavilion and the sketches will be uploaded to the Moleskine Flickr gallery online following IIDEX before returning to the Moleskine permanent collection.
Designers and architects, get involved with Design In Action at IIDEX! Large sketchbooks provided by Moleskine will be located throughout the show in sketching stations provided by Tayco so you may engage creatively with Moleskine and have your sketches added to their permanent collection. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share your insights and inspirations derived from the innovative products, keynotes and events you have interacted with at the show. A selection of the sketches will also be uploaded to the Moleskine Flickr gallery following IIDEX.
Moleskine is a brand that encompasses a family of nomadic objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing instruments and reading accessories, dedicated to our mobile identity. Moleskine will also create a special edition IIDEX Moleskine as part of the Sketchbook In-Hand initiative that will be distributed at select events and locations on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21, so keep an eye out for these pop-up creations throughout the show!
Architecture Canada | RAIC, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects are pleased to present the award winners of the 2012 National Urban Design Awards at IIDEX in September.
"The National Urban Design Awards recognize that architecture and urban design impact society and enriches our lives and stand as clear evidence that Architecture matters. We are proud to celebrate the range of projects from communities across Canada and the calibre of this year's award recipients."
President, Architecture Canada | RAIC
This Awards program is designed to celebrate communities by recognizing individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to the sustainability and quality of life in our Canadian cities in an effort to promote public and private awareness of urban design. The National Urban Design Awards are part of a two-tier program held in co-operation with major metropolitan centres in Canada. Recipients are previous year's winners from participating municipalities, such as Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton, Vaughan and Ottawa, as well as submissions from other communities in Canada.
An exhibit of the winners will be on display at IIDEX and an awards presentation will take place on the keynote stage on Friday, September 21 at 3:30PM. Click here for more information and to view images of the winning projects and firms responsible.
IIDEX International Pavilion
The two storey scaffolding structure provided by leading Italian manufacturer, Metalsistem will showcase a diverse cross section of international manufacturers with both a mix of products and photos from emerging designers and leading European companies. The 1200 sq. ft. International Pavilion feature exhibit also includes a café lounge and SWIPE bookstore located immediately adjacent to the Keynote Theatre. The pavilion is designed by Milan / Toronto Architects Enrico Cleva and Sara Viarengo. Stay tuned for more updates on our 2012 International Pavilion participants.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Candela, Ottawa Light Art Exhibition returns to IIDEX with a brand new collection of inspiring and innovative lighting designs created by professional artists and designers exploring electric light as an artistic medium. Candela’s primary mandate is to increase the general awareness and interest in light and lighting design. IIDEX is excited to welcome Candela’s 2012 exhibit to anchor the Light Canada Expo.
THE YSMELL PROJECT
The Retail Design Institute Toronto Chapter with guest curator, Tracy Pepe of Nose Knows Design presents a special feature exhibit highlighting the new store design competition for Ontario students of interior design and architecture called The YSmell Project. Participating students were challenged to create storyboards for one of five mall-based retail spaces of their choosing: clothing, electronics, footwear, sporting goods or jewelry/accessories. The competition focuses on scent as inspiration for a retail space designed to target the Gen Y consumer.
The winning project of the 2012 YSmell Project is "ace" by Cecilia Lai of Fanshaw College. This year's panel of judges included 5 noted retailers and retail designers: Paul Filek (Principal, Burdifilek), Michael Totzke (Editor, Canadian Interiors Magazine), Vanessa Fong (Architect, RAW), Dolores Kroupis (Manager, Store Concepts, Shoppers Drug Mart), and Bruce Smith (Vice President, DMD Retail Design). Congratulations to all the Top Ten Finalists this year:
- "ace" by Cecilia Lai of Fanshaw College (2012 Winner)
- "IRON HEEL" by Alette De Jonge of Fanshaw College
- "reFINERY" by Douglas Caldwell of Fanshaw College
- "Natalee Mae" by Jamie Braniff of Fanshaw College
- "JUMP" by Cortney Largeof Fanshaw College
- "onix" by Sarah Ruby Roppof Fanshaw College
- "UNBOUND" by Tamarisk McNalty Stephensof Fanshaw College
- "PROJECT VELOX" by Ashley Barson of Fanshaw College
- "NOTABLE SHOES" by Dora Car of Fanshaw College
- "MADISON'S" by Reid Coray Mitchell of Fanshaw College
The top ten finalist submissions and their storyboards will be featured alongside an extraordinary scent display created by Nose Knows Design, which will demonstrate how smell strongly affects consumer behaviour. An award ceremony will also take place on Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 AM on the keynote stage.
THINK:Material @ MATERIAL WORLD EXPO
A feature of the Material World Expo, THINK:Material is an exhibit of innovative materials collected from around the world by the IIDEX team and guest curator Jim Salazar. This exhibit is complemented by a CEU education program. Products featured in this special exhibit can be sourced at thinkmaterial.ca - a new materials resource directory developed by IIDEX Canada.
After a successful launch in the 2011 Design Source Guide, THINK:Material was also featured inthe 2012 Design Source Guide with a multi-page sneak preview showcase of innovative and sustainable products to be featured at IIDEX this year. Canadian Interiors will also be returning as the media sponsor of this ever popular IIDEX show feature. The THINK:Material Website is updated regular with new products curated from around the globe – make sure to check back for weekly updates at thinkmaterial.ca.
TWENTY + CHANGE
An IIDEX first, Twenty + Change is a special feature exhibit that will be located in the Architecture Canada Expo. It is a biennial exhibition and publication series dedicated to promoting emerging Canadian designers working in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Juried by a group of noted practitioners, authors and academics from across the country, Twenty + Change features projects and practices that push the limits of their discipline, be it to engage the public realm in meaningful ways, investigate new ideas regarding typology, program or site, innovate in sustainability, prefabrication and material affect, or promote new models of practice. In their built or speculative work, these designers are investigating new ways of engaging and transforming the collective and domestic built environment.
LAUNCH OF 2013 enROUTE AWARDS
Air Canada’s enRoute magazine is launching the second enRoute Hotel Design Awards at IIDEX. Judged by international industry experts – including MataliCrasset and Adam. D. Tihany – the awards celebrate the best Canadian-designed hotels around the world. Find out how to enter your project at booth 1131B.
The Chair Connection is a joint project of SIDIM (Montreal International Design Show, on May 24, 25, 26) and IIDEX (Canada's National Design + Architecture Exposition and Conference in Toronto on September 20 and 21). The chairs selected for exhibition were judged by 30 IDC, Interior Designers of Canada members across Canada who selected a first and second choice in 18 categories of chairs manufactured in Canada and internationally. The winners were on display at SIDIM in Montreal and wil be featured at IIDEX this September.
PHOTOS OF WINNERS AT IIDEX
SWIPE BOOKSTORE RETURNS TO IIDEX 2012
Back by popular demand, SWIPE books + objects, Canada’s premiere book store on all things design will be located in the International Pavilion adjacent to the Keynote Theatre. This year will feature books on architecture, design, graphic design, advertising and all things urban including a special promotion with Moleskine featuring an expanded collection of Moleskine products.
IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE
2012 will feature a number of comprehensive awards exhibits throughout the show floor, with award winners on display that will reflect our multidisciplinary focus. This year’s awards line-up includes:
- IES Toronto Awards
- National Urban Design Awards
- OAA Awards
- OALA Awards
- Twenty + Change
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