(Booth shots were commissioned by the exhibitors; the party pictures and text were published in the Scene section of Canadian Interiors.)
At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 5,700 design mavens enjoyed live bands, drinks, snacks and a first look at exhibits at the opening-night party for the 17th annual installment of the Interior Design Show.
Godi Bathrooms; Victoria+Albert; Smed white goods at the Euro-Line Appliances booth; Le Pattern; and Dala Décor.
At Godi, the luxury bathroom fixture supplier: Homes Publishing Group’s Jessica MacInnis; Samantha Sannella, booth designer and owner, Urban Retreat Homes; Cindy Grenke of Cing Studio, where she creates custom art objects; Marta Finkel, York University nursing student; Godi’s Eugene Leiderman, sales and marketing specialist; Godi president Dmitry Zherinov; and Homes Publishing Group’s publisher Michael Rosset.
At the Elizabeth Interiors/Toronto Home booth: Elizabeth Law, owner, Elizabeth Interiors; Jennifer Mula, operations manager, Toronto Home; fashion commentator and Globe and Mail style columnist Jeanne Beker; Anjha Prostran, designer, Elizabeth Interiors; Leah Dagher, publisher’s assistant, Toronto Home; Cindy Dailey-Morin, business manager, Elizabeth Interiors.
At Victoria+Albert: Suzy Louw, sales consultant; Nicola Dankovich, assistant sales consultant; Jonathan Carter, marketing director; Janine Keeble, business development, all from Victoria+Albert; and Eric Eagleton, sales growth manager, Watermarks Kitchen & Bath Boutique.
At Le Pattern: Le Pattern’s Elena Slepneva, co-owner and Dimitri Rezvan, sales manager; Maxim Grigorovich, general manager, Fortune Custom Cabinets; and Le Pattern’s John Zheddybin, customer service manager and Sasha Muravyeva, co-owner.
At Dala Décor: Randy Phipps, publicist, Evolution PR; Dala Decor’s Priya Ami, business development; Seema and Deep Gill, owners (and spouses); and Meg Peth, president, Evolution PR.
At Roche Bobois: Interior designers Nina Bazian, owner of NB designs, and Allan Guinan, partner at Figure3; Lisa Schneider, account rep at furniture supplier Plan B; and Gillian Gillies and Cyndie Jerome of their eponymous interior design firms.
At Euro-Line Appliances: company president Douglas Eglington; Caroline McDougall, VP, Homefront magazine, Matt Gagne, Euro-Line area sales manager; and Enrico Sasso, North America sales manager at appliance maker Teka.
At patio-furniture maker Hauser’s house. Standing: shop.ca’s George Adamidis, VP customer relations management, and Nick Crain, partner, business development; and booth designer Drew Hauser, principal, McCallum Sather Architects. Seated: Tanya Rentzos, market rep, Cambria; and Hauser’s Holly Hauser (Drew’s brother), retail operations, and Jay Hauser (Holly’s cousin), GTA contract salesman.
At Avani Kitchens: Paul Kruger, senior industrial designer, Teknion; architect Justin Ford of Hariri Pontarini Architects, the booth designers; Coraline Allard and Pierre Quesnel, partners in Q and A Design Lab, who built the driftwood cloud overhead; Radha Chaddah, multimedia artist; and her husband, Dave Marcus, president, AyA and Avani Kitchens.
At the Designjunction wall: Alex O’Brien, director of first impressions, Veritas Communications; Joshua Nelson, principal designer at commercial designers JNKM Design Group; and Peter Kattan, furniture designer and decorator.
Up against the green wall at Miele, who once again boasted the show’s biggest booth: Breanna Armstrong, product trainer, BC; Gina Garaventa, product marketing and marketing communications manager; brand ambassadors Mads Pilested and Sarah Nanacsik; and national training manager Kirby Dumont.