Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gold for IKEA at 2013 Interior Design Show

Scandinavian chain IKEA has been awarded the Gold Booth Award at this year's 2013 Interior Design Show.

IKEA Canada was given the award for its kitchen and bathroom design, which incorporated a variety of antique features enclosed in warehouse windows. Other designs such as an eclectic grand fireplace and an embossed brick wall were also deemed award-worthy.

Inspiration at the IKEA booth at the Interior Design Show was drawn from the company's original home environment, with such materials as Scandinavian blond wood taking centre stage. The company's newest interior design offering is the SOFIELUND light grey walnut kitchen doors and the GODMORGAN white stained oak bathroom cabinets.

According to reports, IKEA Canada has described its award-winning designs as "reminiscent of the converted warehouse spaces in Copenhagen" which are rustic and are symbolic of the city's industrial side and history.

The judge who awarded IKEA the prize said the IKEA booth demonstrated a particular "level of care and craft to its interior designs that you may not attribute with a 'so-called larger company."

The 2013 Interior Design Show opened its doors at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on January 24. With over 300 exhibitors this year, the show is now the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 660,000 interior design professionals, consumers and media professionals visited the show.

The first Interior Design Show, in January 1999, was launched by founder Tyler Brulé. The show offers all a chance to take in the latest innovative international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends.

This event has a charitable component, with children's charity ONEXONE this year's recipient of choice. Last year, the auction held raised over $30,000.

Japanese design studio Nendo also earned acclaim at the show for its collaboration with Caesarstone, a manufacturer of quartz surfaces which have a variety of applications. Their collaboration, known as the 'Stone Garden' was unveiled at this year's Interior Design Show.

The quartz pebble installation was designed to appear as a floating landscape, reminiscent of a Japanese rock garden with a completely modern twist. A simple and minimalistic take on the rock garden design, the quartz surfaces can be arranged in different compositions and can adapt to any space owing to the installation's differing shapes, depths and directions.

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