Decorating & Design

May 28, 2009

Montreal Design Finds

Last week I visited the SIDIM (Salon International du Design Intérieur de Montréal) design show and I found a few gems:

Vinyl flooring

1. From DuRoy comes Vinyl flooring that I swear looks so much like real plank flooring that I was fooled. They even have the new greyed oak colour that we love.

Tototo chair in bright crayon colours

2. At Dismo International I saw the new Tototo chair in crayon colours including this bright citron.

Kohler sinks

3. I found a great display of new Kohler sinks at Thalassa Domicile. My favourite was the rubbed brass sink, perfect for a powder room done in an exotic style. It’s called Kamala.

Kinetik shower stall

4. There were interesting glass shower stalls with doors that slide across instead of opening on a hinge. The tracking system was smooth and allowed for different shapes and configurations of stalls. The company was called Kinetik. Go to Fleurco to see more.

Tabs and pot fillers

5. For the kitchen there were spigot taps, or "pot fillers," in the newest oil rubbed bronze finish that I had not seen before, from Moen. We’re just figuring out the kitchen in the Showhouse we are building in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. The theme of this year’s house is "modern farmhouse" and I can see this tap working perfectly along with the matching sink faucet and sprayer.

Fatboy - big square pillows

Fatboy - Big square pillows

6. Have you heard about Fatboy? These big square, flat pillows are light as a feather and can be molded to fit your body, offereing amazing support and comfort. It’s the old bean bag concept using modern technology.

Here I’m relaxing with Kirby Miller from HH Media and the two “Fat Boys” Denis Dumas and Michel Abitbol. I won’t be putting these chairs in my living room any time soon, but I could see them in a dorm room, a playroom, kid’s bedroom or first apartment.

Tracking system for hanging art

Tracking system for hanging art

7. This tracking system for hanging art is discreet and modern looking. The company is called AS Hanging, and they carry many designs ranging from simple, industrial-looking systems to more refined residential syles in many different finishes.

DIB Design upholstered chair

8. This good-looking upholstered chair is from Montreal-based DIB Design. They have this classic tufted slipper chair in a wonderful generous scale, and their claim to fame is a simple Parson’s-style dining chair that is engineered so it does not need any cross supports between the legs — and yet it’s super strong.

Canoe house - beautiful blond wood ribs - dinning room

9. Finally, I was inspired by the concept room at this year’s show. Called "Canoe House", it was designed by canühome to look like an inverted canoe with beautiful blond wood ribs forming the curved roofline.

Canoe house - beautiful blond wood ribs - great room

Canoe house - beautiful blond wood ribs - bedroom

Inside was a complete "house" with a kitchen, dining area, great room and a bedroom that included stackable laundry appliances and closet hanging and storage. Of course everything was made of sustainable materials, and the whole house was eco, portable, convertible, economical and energy-efficient.

The kitchen was outstanding, designed and built by AYA Kitchens and Baths.

To read more about the house, visit canühome.

It was not a big show, but there were some great finds, and best of all, I could walk the whole show in a few hours
and my feet were not killing me at the end!

I’ve saved a few kitchen finds for my page in House & Home Magazine. It’s all about my passion — kitchen design.
Look for it in the September issue, on sale August 4th.