since 2005, designboom has been organizing the designboom mart — 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.


we’ve just returned from our fifth designboom mart in toronto presented at IDS 201716 creative professionals from around the world introduced their self-produced and limited edition objects to the canadian market. this unique exhibition platform offered the creatives a stage to share ideas with like-minded individuals, showcase work to potential producers and network with people in the design industry. 

welcome to the 2017 designboom mart!
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our talented group of 2017 designboom mart toronto participants include:


allie croza (canada); beroep | tech (USA/japan); briar gorton/muizee (canada); cleverhood (USA) contour & co (canada); couple d’idees (canada); disegno fine jewellery (canada); F&Y (canada); flavien delbergue (france); jennifer rong designs (canada); konzuk (canada); laura langford/matchstick (canada); rekindle (canada); sarah christensen (UK); talia silva (canada); wasatch design collective (USA) 

the designboom mart booth buzzing with IDS visitors, exhibitors, and guests 
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a team of students at the ryerson school of interior design — led by jonathon anderson and lois weinthal — created this year’s exhibition design for the designboom mart booth. the site promotes interaction by connecting, stretching and contracting space, forming a dynamic and engaging environment that integrates visitors, vendors and products. painted designboom yellow, a pair of intersecting rectilinear volumes stretch vertically towards the ceiling, defining the central core of the mart and acting as a bold beacon of color within the fair. 

16 creative professionals from around the world introduced their self-produced objects to the canadian market
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ryerson school of interior design students samar elsadik, rajeshta julatum, leanne lof, alessa metzler, kayley mullings, and reva quam created a continuous baltic birch table that contracts and expands around the volume. the surface’s organic shape and uninterrupted circulation created a plane of interaction between vendors and visitors, leading them around the entirety of the mart, generating a sense of discovery and promoting opportunities for connection.

our talented group of toronto designboom ‘martians’ selling and interacting with visitors 
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this is designboom’s fifth mart in toronto presented at IDS
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some of the featured products exhibited at the toronto designboom mart 2017



take a speedy walk through the designboom mart toronto 2017







IDS 2017 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 19- 22, IDS 2017 celebrates both leading brands and rising local talents, with international speakers including david adjaye, jaime hayon, and nika zupanc.