ID Connections

IIDEXCanada wrap-up

Published by Sarah Bradbury, December 05, 2014.

This year marked the show’s 30th anniversary and - to change things up in time for this momentous occasion - IIDEXCanada got both a new date and new location, moving to December 3 and 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. This year was also different in another way: the show was co-located with Construct Canada in the South Building, forming The Building Show and making it the biggest trade-only networking event in Canada.

The show floor was buzzing with the energy of attendees connecting with keynotes, exhibitors, associations, interior designers, architects, and professionals from all areas of design. Attendees enjoyed two full days packed with innovative new products, seminars, keynote presentations, and roundtables.

At the Interior Design Roundtable: Our Digital Future, a thought-provoking discussion took place about incorporating technology into design. Technology has allowed the design process to move much faster through the use of new design tools and more innovative materials. It has also both fueled the need for adaptable spaces and facilitated the designs that make this adaptability possible.

At the State of the Industry panel discussion, moderated by IDC CEO Susan Wiggins, the presidents of IDC, RAIC/Architecture Canada, BOMA Canada, and CoreNet gave their predictions for 2015. Two overwhelming trends emerged from the session:

  1. Downsizing: More and more companies are looking to occupy less square-footage, preferring to invest the money they save into customizing an office with a work-life balance.
  2. Flexibility: As employees work longer and more varied hours, there is greater need for a variety of spaces that accommodate different tasks and work habits.

When the final day of IIDEX14 came to an end, attendees headed over to the newly-opened Delta Toronto Hotel for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and guided tours of the brand-new hotel, as well as charity raffle that raised over $500 for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. It was an great send-off to another successful trade show!

National Industry Partners
Midgley Interface Altex Architex Benjamin Moore Hunter Doulgas
Lauzon Levey Industries Caesarstone Canada PC350 Shaw Contract Arconas
Samsung Mohawk Group Cosentino Williams Sonoma For The Trade keilhauer Knoll