Sunday, January 22, 2012 2:30 PM EDT
If you are anywhere in the IDS twitter-sphere or Facebook-sphere you couldn't help but notice a tremendous amount of tweets and posts about "the" IDS exhibit taking place this year called 'How Do You Live.'
This exhibit will be highlighted on the show floor with a cutaway, two-story building demonstrating multi-dwelling living. Mazyar Mortazavi of TAS Designbuild has designed and developed the concept for the exterior shell of the multi-level showcase housing six individual rooms. Living with design will be demonstrated at every turn with unique spaces, each designed and decorated by a different Toronto-based design firm. Participating are: Stanley Sun & Asley Rumsey Mason of mason-studio.com, Jill Greaves of Jill Greaves Design, Mazen el-Abdallah of Mazen Studio, Caroline Robbie & Rick E. Mugford of Quadrangle Architects, Theresa Casey & Robert Gray of Casey Design Group & DesignWorks Studio, and Youssef Hasbani of L'atelier.
What you may not know is that National Bank (the 'How Do You Live' sponsor) is teaming up with talented designer Lisa Canning to create an amazing home office/living room space with furnishings by BoConcept in their innovative promotional hub. Like the rest of the exhibits, their mobile pop-up structure (also made of recycled shipping container) will concentrate on functional design.
Lisa Canning, designer and collaborator with National Bank's recycled shipping container for 'How Do You Live' exhibit (photo credit: Mike Dizon mdd photography)
Lisa Canning, no stranger to HGTV (Marriage Under Construction, For Rent), is excited to showcase in this tiny space (less than 300 square feet), to demonstrate how carefully selected pieces of furniture can do double-duty in terms of function. Lisa says the living room-***-off space will be "Quite bright and airy and even includes a few larger pieces that you might not initially think would go in a small space."
National Bank's container to be transformed by Lisa.
I, for one, can't wait to see how Lisa takes an industrial shipping container and makes it livable! But, if anyone can do it, it's Lisa! Below is a sampling of Lisa's interiors.
Above: interiors by Lisa Canning (photo credit: Tanja Tiziana; Marek Szkudlarek)