Textile artist Soon Cho’s plastic lamps are part of IDS’s Studio North.
INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place), open to the public Saturday and Sunday (February 7 and 8). $20, advance $17 online. interiordesignshow.com.
THE CONCEPT: The IDS continues to open up more booth space on the Direct Energy Centre floor to indie designers who cut their trade-show teeth at Come Up To My Room and Radiant Dark. What sets it apart is an international angle, including appearances this year's by French furniture designer Christophe Delcourt and Dutch architect Ben Van Berkel.
LOOK FOR: A whole lot of sparkle at Swarovski-crystal-covered installations by Canadian firms like Brothers Dressler and Munge Leung. DESIGNGENNEXT spotlights student work from Ryerson, OCAD and four other schools. Thirty-five Canadian design innovators, including Bookhou and Schoolyard, steal the show in the Studio North space.
SHOP OP: No on-site retail, but you can try to convince in-demand firms like Castor or 64th and Queen to bid on your next reno.
THE PARTY: Grab a tasting glass and aMUSE yourself at opening night's (Thursday, February 5) bars and food stations. Tickets to the House & Home, Dekla and Scavolini sponsored preview are $55 at the door.