Inside the Interior Design Show: 24 photos from last night’s kick-off party in Toronto

Interior Design Show
Interior Design Show
Photography by Phil Birnbaum

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There is nothing like a blowout art party to get the who’s who of Toronto’s design scene out of the house despite frigid temps—last night’s kick-off for the Interior Design Show certainly was that. The city’s design-inclined denizens and partygoers flocked to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where they were wowed with this year’s offerings from the likes of Andrew Richard Design, international guest of honour Oki Sato and up and comers featured in the Designboom Mart, where items were up for grabs for as low as a dollar each. There was talk of an igloo too, which upon closer look, was actually the name of design duo Alain Courchesne and Anna Abbruzzo’s company: Igloodgn, who exhibited their work and play space as part of the How Do You Work? exhibit.

As for those reliable partygoers, dapper gent about town Shawn Rusich, braided blogger Hawley Dunbar, gallerist Clint Roenisch and design demigod Karim Rashid (in head-to-toe pink) were amongst the many snapping up cocktails in the VIP and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Toronto favourites Blowfish, Barque and Mildred’s Temple Kitchen to name a few.

Sad to have missed the party? Have no fear, the International Design show runs through this Sunday, January 27 and will feature talks with design legends like Douglas Coupland, Jürgen Mayer H. and Philippe Malouin. For more information, visit