MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – All exhibitors at this year’s Canadian Furniture Show (CFS), which opens at the International Centre here on the morning of 24 May for its three-day run, will be automatically entered into the organiser’s fourth annual Booth Awards program, whose goal is to salute excellence in the creation of inspiring displays featuring their product.
This year, a new four-member jury panel will evaluate the exhibits as they did last year, dividing them into eight categories, including:
Best Booth: best overall booth in 2019 – this has to be a show stopper, a booth everyone is talking about. Last year, this went to a first-time exhibitor – AICEP Portugal, which was promoting furniture made in that country.
Best Visual Display: a visual display at the front of the booth or a central display highlighting new products or best-selling products.
Best Use of Colour: use of colour to attract attention or to create major impact: colour blocking, graphics, staff clothing or other elements that liven up the display.
Best Use of Space: will be given to the booth that incorporates elements such as guest seating; refreshments zones; meeting tables; or charging stations that don’t impede traffic flow or product display while having visual appeal.
Best New Exhibitor: this will be given to the first-time exhibitor that goes above and beyond to create an impactful, well displayed and well branded space.
Best Design: given to the trendiest and most design-oriented booth.
Best Traffic Builder: this will be given to the exhibitor hosting an activity inside the booth used to drive traffic such as a contest, game, celebrity, performer, artist, virtual-reality experience, giveaway or educational component.
Best International Design Centre showroom: this will be given to the ‘must visit’ permanent showroom located in the TIDC annex of the International Centre.
The organisers have assembled a jury of four Toronto-based decorators, including:
Maureen Weigen-Liebovitz, owner of Decorating Vision, a Markham, Ontario-based firm that provides for decorating and staging services. She also the serving president of the Toronto chapter of the Decorating & Design Association of Canada (DDA).
Lindsey Foster von Kalben is the principal of FVK Design, also based in Markham. She also sits on the board of directors for the DDA Toronto chapter.
Sharon MacIntosh is an accredited decorator and stager working with real estate agents and homeowners in the Toronto market.
Lauren Kosowan is the owner of Styled Interiors and sits on the board of the DDA’s Toronto chapter.
The panel will tour the show floor on the opening day of CFS and the winners will be announced on the morning of Saturday, 25 May 2019.
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