Toronto International Design Festival runs concurrently with the Interior Design Show 2011 – Canada’s largest contemporary design fair. The week-long extravaganza celebrates the country’s most innovative designers and their latest works, while presenting a snapshot of what’s happening on the global scene. Venues around the city are hosting lectures and lively debates, edgy exhibits, and launch parties.
Speaking of parties, tonight is the IDS Opening Night gala event. It’s an opportunity to meet local and international designers and take in the booths and exhibits, and partake in canapés and cocktails. I wrote a preview of Friday’s Trade Talks speakers for Azure magazine’s blog. Here is a copy of it:
Tomorrow, the Azure-sponsored Trade Talks return to IDS with an all-star roster. Taking the stage this year is architect Thom Mayne, and industrial designers Michael Young and Jean-Marie Massaud.
At the keynotes, showgoers are treated to the inside scoop on what these practitioners are currently working on, their thoughts on industry trends and a look at their design processes. The presentations offer up a rich source of inspiration and enable trade professionals to gain insight, exchange ideas, and connect with their international counterparts.
Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis, kick starts the day with a talk at 11 a.m. Mayne co-founded the Los Angeles firm in 1972 and for some time, it survived only on unbuilt projects. Hear the Pritzker Prize-winner, whose Cooper Union academic building in New York has won numerous accolades, talk about his design for the Phare Tower, the first phase in the urban renewal of the La Défense region of Paris. Read about the sprawling futuristic and amorphous Giant Group Campus that he designed for an internet gaming conglomerate in Shanghai in Azure’s upcoming March/April issue.
Michael Young seems as comfortable in the east as he is in the west. Taking the floor at 1 p.m., the British-born, Hong Kong based industrial designer reveals his latest creations and describes the process of working with manufacturers in Italy and China. A proponent of “design as industrial art,” his recent works include a range of laptop bags and accessories for the modern commuter; the Dupont Corian showroom in Shanghai; and the Tetrix kitchen line for Scavolini, demonstrating new freedoms in layouts and colours.
Jean-Marie Massaud (photo credit: Denis Rouvre) has designed nearly everything imaginable: from air purifiers and glass partitions, to lounge chairs and soccer stadiums. The final speaker of the day, he will deliver his keynote at 3 p.m. He has designed iconic pieces for Emeco, Swedese and Established & Sons (to name a few) as well as a collection for Axor, Hansgrohe’s designer line. He is the creative force behind B&B Italia’s first Parisian showroom, and more recently, the design of the Chivas stadium in Mexico, which resembles an exploding volcano. See his latest furniture creations for Glas Italia at Avenue Road.
IDS 2011 is open to trade professionals on January 28, and to the general public from January 29 to 30.