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ARIDO and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) are partnering again at the Interior Design Show (IDS) Toronto 2024, featuring the ARIDO + IDC Stage. This collaboration aims to cater to various aspects of the design profession, including education, professional development, and community building, creating a well-rounded program that can appeal to a diverse audience within the interior design community.

The ARIDO + IDC Stage pictured here was designed by Bryan StoneARIDO and his team at Stone and Associates with valuable inputs from the ARIDO IDS taskforce members, and incorporates elements of various scales, designed to be appreciated both up close and from a distance.

The roof, symbolizing home, serves as a representation of ARIDO, functioning as the home for Ontario design and a visual beacon within the convention centre, providing a unique and identifiable presence amidst the numerous booths on the showroom floor.

To enhance the stage, a versatile backdrop combining a balance of art, design, and architecture was adopted. This backdrop, crafted by Molo, a Canadian design company, features flexible partitions that not only contribute to a neutral and textural space but also offer improved acoustic properties. These unique materials prompt us to reconsider the adaptability and flexibility of space. They align with the commitment to sustainability by providing environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional building materials which can be used for a multitude of future events.

Anchoring the slope of the roof and serving as the starting point for the flexible partitions, the angular black signage serves as the grounding element in the design. Contrasted with a light tone, the ARIDO and IDC logo emerge as the central focal point. The juxtaposition of the angular lines with the soft curved textile surrounding the stage, creates an all-encompassing design that captivates observers from any viewpoint.

The Program

The ARIDO + IDC Stage offers a diverse and engaging program with three main segments:

Speaker Series

Thursday, January 18

11:00AM-12:00PM: How Laneway & Garden Suites help combat our housing shortage
Speakers: Craig Race, Trevor Kruse


1:00PM-2:00PM: Design to Make a Difference – Empowering the future through design today
Speakers: Carrie Burd, Trevor Kruse, Danny Roppa


2:00PM-3:00PM: Design Impacts with DIAC – Design Industry Advisory Committee
Speakers: Lisa Fulford-Roy, Kevin Stolarick, Trevor Kruse, Jane Henderson


3:00PM-4:00PM: Why Relationships Matter-an open discussion between the A&D community & designers
Speakers: Joanna Tiffin, Luciano Bonini, Trevor Kruse, Theresa Schoustal


Friday, January 19

11:00AM-12:00PM: Demonstrating the Value of Design – through the VODA Awards
Speakers: Theresa Casey, Trevor Kruse


1:00PM-2:00PM: Disrupting Design: The importance of diversity in the interior design industry

Speakers: Brenda Danso, Micheal Lambie, Quianna Woolner

3:00PM-4:00PM: Intern Competency Review System (ICRS)
Speakers: Zinnia Bookwala, ARIDO, Alessandro Caselli, Intern, ARIDO


Saturday, January 20

12:00PM-1:00PM: Interior Design Contracts
Speakers: Sharon Portelli


2:00PM – 3:00PM: Interior Design Projects Gone Wrong
Speakers: Maia Roffey, Michelle Mawby, Sharon Portelli


Sunday, January 21 

12:00PM-1:00PM: Demystifying Permits
Speakers: Michelle Mawby


Community Hub: January 18 – 21, 10:00AM to 4:30PM
A unique opportunity for students and interns to connect directly with Registered Members for valuable portfolio reviews and mentorship. Opportunity for our esteemed members and non-members to drop in and connect with our association representatives.

BID Activation: January 20 – 21, 10:00AM to 4:30PM
As future designers, this is a platform for ARIDO BID students to present and facilitate discussion with the public around a conceptual design they have created.

The Taskforce
Talented designers and industry professionals have come together to create the ARIDO + IDC Stage.
• Jeremy Cheff, ARIDO
• Alessandro Caselli, Intern ARIDO
• Bryan Stone, ARIDO
• Cathy Row, Student ARIDO
• Emaa Abbood, Intern ARIDO
• Julie Boulos, Student ARIDO
• Maheshi Wanasunda, Student ARIDO
• Mireille Drover, Intern ARIDO
• Neela Madhu, Intern ARIDO
• Sanaya Chaze, Intern ARIDO
• Sheri Crowford, ARIDO
• Yolande Jacobs, ARIDO
• Trevor Kruse, IDC Chief Executive Officer
• Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director
• Clenton Afonso, ARIDO Events Coordinator

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