Interior Design Show marks its 10th anniversary

Canuck design innovations will have a starring role at this weekend’s Interior Design Show as Azure magazine teams up with design historian and curator Rachel Gotlieb to feature 10 groundbreaking Canadian designers. A series of installations down the show’s centre aisle will display those designers’ creations, which span the design spectrum from furniture, product and interior to landscape and more.


The show kicks off this evening at the Direct Energy Centre with its opening night gala, Design Decadence (see sidebar for ticket information) and continues with trade seminars during tomorrow’s Professional Trade Day.


On Saturday and Sunday, the public days, visitors can choose to listen to top designers as part of Design Talks, attend a variety of workshops, or shop at the Buy Design retail area.


Design celebrities appearing at this year’s show include Tom Dixon, the Tunisian-born, British designer who has been the creative director for U.K. retailer Habitat, designed a night club in Japan and a 150-foot sofa for an airport in Milan (

Also attending are Arne Quinze, a self-taught Belgian designer and artist known for his provocative art installations ( ; and Winka Dubbledam, a New-York-based Dutch architect and founder of Archi-Tectonis, and a champion of green building practices; see

interior design show information

• The Interior Design Show (IDS08) is on at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place today through Sunday.

• The show is open to the general public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular admission tickets are $16 online and $18 at the door; workshop fees are extra.

• Friday is Professional Trade Day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Today is the opening night gala from 7 to 11. Tickets are $50 online and $50 at the door.

• For more details on speakers, workshops and other features of the show, visit