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Best of Design Week, Pt 7: Whimsical Seating & the Ultimate Soaker Tub

Even more of our favourites from the Interior Design Show


We are awarding 100 of the best products, installations and artworks we spot throughout Toronto Design Week with our Designlines Loves tags, specially designed by Sali Tabacchi.

Below is the seventh batch of designs that caught our attention. Keep track of everything we’ve tagged in our master list and check back as we spotlight more of our great finds in the days ahead.

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1 Sebastian Herkner’s Azure Trade Talk
Sebastian Herkner‘s Friday presentation, where he discussed his life-altering experience basketweaving with women in Africa, was definitely an IDS highlight.
Tagged by Diane Chan on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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2 Nautica hanging chair by Mut Design
We loved the whimsical shape of this hanging egg chair by Mut Design, designed for Spanish outdoor furniture manufacturer Expormim and on display at Tusch Seating‘s booth.
Tagged by Diane Chan on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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3 Modular carpet by Kinder GROUND
Kinder GROUND of NYC’s modular carpet system is stylish and environmentally friendly – it’s made from 100% New Zealand wool, and finished with a non-slip coating made of natural tree rubber and jute.
Tagged by Diane Chan on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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4 Hex chair by Geof Ramsay
Geof Ramsay’s angular seat was awarded IDS’s best prototype by a jury that included Azure managing editor Diane Chan and German design superstar Sebastian Herkner. Diane said the Halifax designer’s chair stood out because of its good joinery and polished style.
Tagged by Diane Chan on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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5 Designs by the NDC
Of the many great items for sale in designboom‘s market area, these well-made concrete and wooden wares by Toronto’s the National Design Collective – including the group’s new Ubagaan skateboard deck – stood out.
Tagged by Diane Chan on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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6 Darwin bathtub by Slik
Discovered at Caml-Tomlin’s booth, the incredible silky softness of the matte quartz soaker was a scene-stealer.
Tagged by Erin Donnelly on Jan 24, at the Interior Design Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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7 Fan mosaic tiles at Creekside Tile Company
Azure associate editor/DL tagger Erin Donnelly says this of the purple-veined ceramic tiles: “I love ocean-inspired anything, and the ever-so slightly purple grey tones in this version (called Jade) of the series.”
Tagged by Erin Donnelly on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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8 Shelf by Kino Guérin
Over in the Studio North section of the show, Kino Guérin’s double twist walnut veneer shelving is fun and whimsical, yet totally functional. His vacuum-press molding process is pretty interesting, too.
Tagged by Erin Donnelly on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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9 Light W8 by Eugene Paunil
Nearby in the show’s Protoype section, artist-designer Eugene Paunil presented two versions of his Light W8, in walnut and white oak. We love that he’s made repositioning a floor lamp fun, by weighting it with smooth river rocks.
Tagged by Erin Donnelly on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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10 Rushmore by Artifax
Azure associate editor/DL tagger Erin Donnelly says this of the Artifax planks found at Northern Wide Plank’s booth: “I love that reclaimed oak is becoming widely used and so accessible, and this beachy weathered look is so versatile.”
Tagged by Erin Donnelly on Jan 24, at the Interior Design ShowMetro Toronto Convention Centre

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11 Cork/Corian Boards by Tinsel & Sawdust
Designer-maker Katrina Tompkins’ paddle and bat–shaped boards go “both ways”. Heat, stain and scratch resistant they double as cutting board and trivet.
Tagged by Catherine Osborne on Jan 25, at Made, 867 Dundas St W

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12 Whit
At the White Out exhibit, designers were asked to interpret the colour (or non-colour). Most made objects but contemporary artist Steven Chodoriwsky produced “Whit,” a 16-page essay on white – not atypical for Chodoriwsky, who has held research positions at Cornell University, Jan van Eyck Academie, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu.
Tagged by Catherine Osborne on Jan 25, at White Out, TAC Art/Work Gallery, 568 Richmond St W


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