What is Trending in Design and Architecture? Find Out at IIDEX Canada, 2013

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With Canada’s national design and architecture expo just over a week away, a buzz is in the air. What will the 29th year have in store for?

IIDEX Canada takes place Sep 26 and 27 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, ON.



IIDEX Woodshop


Experts in product design, architecture and interior design will rally to participate in pertinent key note speakers and peruse over 350 exhibitors.


Highlights from IIDEX 2012


15,000 interior designers, architects, facility managers, real estate and business executives will come together for this national forum.

It’s always a good benchmark to take a look at what other industry experts are saying about process, materials, technology. Let’s take a look at the speaking line-up to get an idea of what is happening industry-wide.



IIDEX 2013 sneak peek


IIDEX Keynote Lineup: Drum rollllll please …

David Webster, Partner, IDEO Health + Wellness, presents on design for healthcare. A partner in the award-winning global firm, IDEO, David will speak on unprecedented innovative design necessary in healthcare and the patient-centred approach IDEO takes in their designs.

“In addition to the physical design of space, he considers many other dimensions of the user experience, including digital aspects, service, communications and products. He sees a broad range of opportunities for innovation, from advancing surgical tools to developing consumer brands that make healthful eating irresistible,” www.iidexcanada.com.



Kineassist research for Chicago PT


Luca Nichetto, Nichetto & Partners, presents on collaboration. Technological advances in society make information readily accessible and shared. This makes collaboration essential. To succeed is to form a dream team of allied professionals; architects, interior designers, product designers, lighting designers etc.

Nichetto is a celebrated Italian industrial designer. His design firm specializes in industrial design and design consultancy.



Luca Nichetto


Henry Ng, Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund, presents on modern solutions for buildings built in the spirit of modernism. The design movement of the 20th century has undoubtedly been modernism, yet with modern materials and technologies in place, many builds have seen the face of demolition, alter or decay. Henry speaks on the innovative techniques used for building and how the pioneers of this movement have risen to help preserve significant buildings of modernism.


World Monuments Fund

World Monuments Fund project explorer map


As for presenters there are many more! See for yourself at www.iidexcanada.com.

What Else Should Artists, Designers and Architects Know about IIDEX?

The extensive list of exhibitors will showcase a variety of materials and processes to dazzle and delight.


the bunkie co

Full scale functional 96sqft Bunkie


It is always useful to lean about new materials, installation methods, design approaches, technologies. These topics will be covered at length throughout the 2 day expo – 4 day conference.

Not to mention, the presence of professional associations, where participants can inquire about designations, awards, associate memberships, etc.



Rough and soft effect from Demode fabric


Check out IIDEX Think: Material, an online directory of cutting edge materials.

The IIDEX group has also put together a directory listing of materials. Search by material category or most recent post for Coles Notes on emerging materials.

This week’s feature on IIDEX Think is Organoid 3D Acoustic Panels. This product is an acoustic panel made out of hemp wood. Supposedly, the fibrous nature of the material provides great sound absorption and “various forms of relief available with rapport in all directions,” says iidexcanada.comthinkmaterials.

Additional features include 100% bio-degradable, natural fibres, recyclable and organic.


3D Acoustic hemp insulation


Other recently highlighted materials include Falena, sculpted plywood panels, and Woven, BARKSKIN, a woven bark material to apply to walls, lighting fixtures, furniture and other creative endeavours.

So overall, the themes this year’s IIDEX 2013 appear to be design for change applications, technological integrations and uses, sustainable resources, and collaborative design teams.

Is there something you are excited about regarding new design and architecture trends? Let us know!


Images: IIDEX Canada, World Monuments Fund, Luca Nichetto, IDEO


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