Interior Design….Canadian Style 2011

Interior Design….Canadian Style 2011

After checking out the Interior Design Show, our summary is an optimistic, relaxed, fun attitude.

There was nothing earth shatteringly new, but I never considered that what I was looking at was uniquely Canadian in style.

So, it was interesting to see the perspective of a ‘foreigner’ on our design concepts and trends for 2011…are we really uniquely Canadian in our design?

By Paul Anater, courtesy of Houzz

Special Report: Design News from Toronto – See Playful Colour, Fur Pendants, Ornate Chandeliers, Dark Wood and more…

The Canadian design scene is thriving, and it was a privilege to witness it first-hand last week. It was great to be at another design show, this one less than a week after having been to the IMM in Cologne. I was brought to Toronto and its Interior Design Show (IDS) by Blanco, a German manufacturer of fine sinks and faucets. While the IDS was a good deal smaller than the IMM, it more than made up for its small size with its overflowing enthusiasm and boundless energy.

The chandeliers I saw tended to be complicated and ornate. This mass of wires, crystals and filaments from Luminart is one of the more notable light fixtures I’ve ever seen.

The colors were bright, matching the optimism of the Canadian economy. These carpets from Elte are notable not just for their colors, but for the fact that they’re all vintage carpets that have been restitched and redyed.

Canada has a strong tradition of using fur as a finish, and here it is adorning pendant lights. It’s something that works better in colder climates, and I can’t see it working too well south of the 49th parallel. Is it something you’d ever use?

Canada has an extremely diverse population and Toronto is the most ethnically varied city in the world. Caribbean and other world influences were everywhere.

I saw a lot of sectionals in Europe last week and I saw them again in Canada. They were a little less streamlined in Toronto, but their flexibility seems to make them a hit anywhere. This sectional from Selene featured exposed stitching on Nubuck leather. Exposing rather than hiding the seams and stitchwork on upholstered furniture was another big trend I saw.

These chairs, also by Selene, move in the opposite direction. Tailored and sleek often shows up alongside the deconstructed and exposed.

IKEA had one of the busiest booths at the IDS. IKEA is a major player in the Canadian design scene. Here a playful grouping of lamps calls attention to a high-end-looking IKEA kitchen.

This kitchen, from Italian manufacturer Scavolini, made its world debut in Canada last week. The doors on this cabinetry were made from fingerprint-proof etched glass.

This white lacquer kitchen shows a great blend of European style combined with North American proportions.

This kitchen from Italian manufacturer Val Cucine combines etched yellow glass and walnut. That wall cabinet was around 7 feet long and had a single, tilt-up door.

This is the Posh Semi Pro faucet from Blanco, a style not yet available in the US. There were a number of scaled-down, professional-looking faucets shown at the IDS last week. This faucet features a pull-down sprayer that’s held in place with a magnet when it’s not in use.

Pot sprayers had a moment in the sun int the U.S. a couple of years ago and I hope these smaller-scaled versions make it here soon.

Woods were darker in Canada than they were in Germany last week, but that darkness comes from the use of dark woods rather than dark stains.

In addition to being dark, a lot of the woods I saw were downright rustic and rough hewn in their appearance.

When they weren’t rustic-looking they were still skewing dark. This bedroom set’s been done in walnut, North America’s suddenly popular hardwood.

The streamlined, mid-century-inspired clean lines from Europe were everywhere in Canada last week. These almost-Eames furnishings are usually paired with bright and playful accessories.

Carpet patterns seemed to be universally deconstructed and graphic. There’s an almost organic feel to a lot of these patterns.

We’ve been talking about it for the last couple of years, but brass and gold tones have yet to make a big impact in the US. The rest of the world is embracing them again, so it’s inevitable that they’ll show up in the States eventually.

ave you seen anything in this trend report that speaks to you? Can you see yourself hanging caribou pendants or sleeping on a rough-cut alder platform bed?

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