designboom mart toronto: discover the emerging talents making waves at IDS 2018

designboom mart toronto: discover the emerging talents making waves at IDS 2018

we are back from our sixth designboom mart in toronto, presented at IDS 2018 on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. 17 creative professionals hailing from finland, italy, japan, peru, canada and other parts of the globe introduced their self-produced and limited-edition objects to the burgeoning canadian market. the designboom mart offers emerging creatives an international stage in which to share ideas and inspiration with like-minded individuals, all while showcasing their work to potential producers and networking with key figures in the design industry.

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image by alessandro sperduti



what is the designboom mart? since 2005, designboom has been organizing a cultural show that hosts a curated selection of emerging designers from around globe, offering them the opportunity to present their self-produced wares in a trade fair setting. the designboom mart has become widely recognized as the original and first ever design bazaar. since our first presentation at the ICFF in new york, we have successfully curated more than 30 editions to date in major cities across the globe — from valencia to stockholm, sydney to tokyo.

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presenting the 2018 toronto martians!
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this year, our talented group of designboom mart toronto participants included:


beroep | tech (USA/japan); briar gorton/muizee (canada); contour & co (canada); couple d’idees (canada); guerdoo design (canada); homebody collective (canada); I kinda like it here (canada); jennifer rong designs (canada); kumiko (peru); OXVC (canada); rekindle (canada); sini majuri (finland); stage left (canada); thinker laboratory (italy); unify design art (60+ global members); vako design (USA/georgia); your pal, al (canada). 

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products at the mart this year 



for the second consecutive year, a team of students at ryerson university’s school of interior design — led by jonathon anderson — wowed visitors with their innovative designboom mart booth. designed, developed and built on site by a powerhouse student group — emily allan, wendy chilibeck, nicole tetreault, catherine liddell, orit zewege-abubaker, kelly walcroft  this year’s scheme was inspired by the market typology. the layout highlights each vendor within a bazaar-like setting, with exhibitors positioned on both sides of an arcade-style layout, making them highly visible to the swarms of visitors circulating the space.

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booth neighbors contour & co and unify design art smile for the camera 
image by unify design art 



discover our previous editions of the designboom mart toronto at IDS 2017 here, and IDS 2016 here

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friendships are forged throughout the show, like new ‘amici’ thinker laboratory and guerdoo design  
image by alessandro sperduti

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martians having fun during the show 
animation by unify design art 

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the days of exhibiting, socializing and selling are intensive 
image by erica joaquin

designboom mart toronto: discover the emerging talents making waves at IDS 2018
exhibitors sofia vidal and victoria chin met at the designboom mart this year
image by victoria chin

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wares by kumiko make for a welcome entry into the designboom mart 
image by sofia vidal 

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glass mountains by finnish designer sini majuri were a hit 
image by sini majuri

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winding down after a long show 
image by unify design art

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that’s a wrap!
image by alessandro sperduti



interior design show toronto (IDS) 2018 brings together the newest and most innovative ideas in global and canadian design, and is a driving force of the city’s flourishing design scene. over 3.5 action-packed days, the show captures the latest innovations for an engaged audience of consumers and professionals. held from january 18- 21, IDS 2018 celebrates its 20th anniversary by bringing together leading brands, rising local talents, and keynote speakers of international acclaim.


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