At Interior Design Show 08

It’s a bit of a Catch-22 for emerging industrial designers. Without a portfolio of products under their belt it’s almost impossible to put original designs into production because Canada’s secondary industry is so miniscule. Still many designers don’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring. Instead they develop new concepts from scratch, source the materials, sub-contract the manufacturing and thus nurture a new design from cradle to working prototype. It’s a risky business since time and money is involved and there is no guarantee of success. Every once in a while a clever designer hits a home run. Two years ago, Matthew Kroeker launched Splinter bench at IDS Prototype: New Ideas for the Home. The wood seating system fits together like a jigsaw puzzle and was picked up by Jane Hamley Wells, a furniture manufacturer in Chicago. Last month Interior Design awarded Splinter a merit award for best residential seating in 2007. Industrial designer Derek McLeod is another regular at IDS Prototype. Because of his talent and entrepreneurial spirit his clients include Speke/Klein and Seating Systems International. He’s currently in negotiation with an Italian manufacturer to produce Sum, his elegant walnut chair, which he showed at Prototype 07.

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Colmio Chair by Päivi Mikola

Also new to IDS (and to Canada!) is the Colmio line of furniture by Finnish designer Päivi Mikola. The Colmio Chair was first designed in 2003 and since then has been shown in many international exhibitions and has won several design awards in Finland as well as Japan (living the sustainable life) retail designer Stephan Hagens launched EauTerre 3 months ago, a collection of healthy furniture all made locally from sustainable materials. he shows the collection for the first time at IDS 08

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United We Stand Bench by Rob Southcott

United We Stand Bench by Rob Southcott. Designed to reinforce the awareness that we can all use a little help from our neighbours. Four elongated chairs assemble together to form a sculptural bench.

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La Culla Swing by Luca Sachetti


A fantastic piece at the new LIMN Los Angeles is the La Culla swing by Luca Sacchetti, all fibre optics and faux fur. A real Cocoon Swing for a nap.
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Nestt Kid Car Seat

Nestt Kid Car Seat

Nestt Kid Car Seat

The members of Chicago-based think/thing aspire to give form to thought by concentrating foremost on the ideas, dreams, and goals of a design. By means of this methodology, nestt aims to be the best car seat in the world.

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