EXHIBIT – IIDEX Canada 2013 – "Canada's National Design + Architecture Expo and Conference"

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« IIDEX Canada 2013 September 26 – 27.

Media Advisory – Toronto, July 24 – IIDEX 2013 is expanding its feature exhibits to showcase the latest in innovative design and take a bold new look at current trends in the industry. The following are a few of the features at this year’s show:

IIDEX Presents the Bunkie by The Bunkie Company, Designed by Nathan Buhler, Evan Bare and Jorge Torres

The Bunkie Company is the world debut of a full scale functional 106 ft2 “bunkie” designed by Nathan Buhler, Jorge Torres and Evan Bare. Responding to a perceived need for overflow living both in cottage country and in the city, the Bunkie, a fusion of furniture design and architecture, delivers a highly functional, transformative space in an elegant form. The construction methodology allows The Bunkie to be entirely prefabricated as a complex jigsaw puzzle and shipped flat-packed to site. The interior is meant to maximize the potential for small spaces by designing for three modes: Sleep, Play and Open.  Sleep Mode employs two queen sized Murphy beds built into the wall and ceiling. A small dining table and set of four chairs are visually integrated into the main feature wall together and can be detached in Play Mode. Open Mode provides the most open square footage to allow The Bunkie to function as a studio for art, yoga or even ice fishing. See everything in The Bunkie – literally.

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IIDEX Woodshop

In a unique response to the devastation caused by the Emerald Ash Borer to the ash trees of Toronto, The City of Toronto, IIDEX Canada and Ideacious.com have teamed up to bring you IIDEX Woodshop: 15 innovative wood prototypes that utilize Toronto’s untapped ash wood resource.

Premiering at IIDEX the exhibit draws attention to the issue, placing emphasis on its cause due to globalization, and demonstrate creative ways to use the ash wood that would otherwise end up in landfill.  The exhibit will feature the work of ten established and five emerging Toronto based designers and wood workers, collected through a juried competition. Confirmed designers to date include:  Brothers Dressler, Karen King, Rob Southcott Studio, Said the King, Urban Product, Heidi Ernshaw and Scott Eunson Studio.

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IIDEX Glamping by MASON Studio – Where the great outdoors meet comfort and design

IIDEX will feature a custom designed “glamping” exhibit by Toronto-based design studio, Mason Studio.  Glamping, which is the combination of glamour and camping, is a response to people’s need desire to commune with nature but without the standard camping experience.  Glamping raises the bar in enjoying the outdoors while balancing appealing design, comfort and overall experience.  Even the bugs won’t seem so bad when one goes glamping!

The Mason Studio exhibit defines glamping in an interactive campground at IIDEX.  Their interpretation is that of an urban getaway emerging by fusing the great Canadian outdoors with the modern comforts of the great indoors.  The volatility of our Nation’s climate proves no challenge in enjoying the outdoors at this temporary installation.  BUM Contract is supplying the Netherlands based Blofield furniture, and LSI flooring willsupply seasonal flooring.

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IIDEX Presents: Modernism at Risk – An exhibition sponsored by World Monuments Fund and Knoll, Inc.

The World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk Initiative was launched in 2006 with the support of founding sponsor Knoll, Inc. to bring international attention and resources to address the key threats and challenges facing many Modern buildings only decades after their design and construction. Some of the issues addressed in this initiative include: demolition, inappropriate alteration, perceived obsolescence, and public apathy, as well as the technical problems associated with conserving innovative materials and design features.

Modernism at Risk, Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks is a feature exhibit of large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore, and interpretative panels with five case studies that explore the role designers play in preserving Modern landmarks. The five examples represent the rise of Modernism from its early development during the interwar years in Europe (1930 ADGB Trade Union School, Bernau, Germany, by Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer) to its appearance in the United States and other countries (1939 A. Conger Goodyear House, Old  Westbury, New  York, by  Edward Durell Stone) to its proliferation during America’s postwar boom and  later, often in the form of everyday civic  buildings (1954 Grosse Pointe Public Library, Grosse  Pointe Farms, Michigan by  Marcel Breuer; to 1958 Riverview High  School, Sarasota, Florida, by  Paul Rudolph; and  1972 Kent Memorial Library, Suffield, Connecticut, by Warren Platner).

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About IIDEX

As Canada’s National Design + Architecture Expo and Conference, IIDEX Canada is co-presented by the Interior Designers of Canada and Architecture Canada | RAIC. Now in its 29th year, IIDEX brings together over 15,000 interior designers, architects, facility managers, real estate and business executives in a national forum which powers the design industry in Canada. During two action packed days in September, IIDEX Canada’s 350 exhibitors showcase hundreds of innovative products and services, from all areas of design – workplace, hospitality, retail, healthcare, lighting, landscape design and sustainable design, while our CEU accredited international conference program ensures attendees receive expert advice on the issues shaping this rapidly changing industry.

The show runs September 26 – 27. IIDEX Canada 2013 is co-located with the UIA/PHG Annual International Healthcare Forum, September 24 – 28. The forum will feature speakers from 26 countries, tours & events.

For media registration or information, please contact: Annette Borger / contact@integralpr.net / 416-988-7086″

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(Source: IIDEX Canada)

(Photo: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto by KPMB Architects)

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