Innovation steals the CFS spotlight
TORONTO – The 47th edition of the Canadian Furniture Show wrapped up here last week after what the organisers enthusiastically described as three days of activities that brought together the major players in the furniture industry.
Thousands of visitors, notably retailers and designers, met the hundreds of local and international exhibitors at the International Centre here to see new products and trends while networking and conducting business.
Organisers said the initial feedback from the estimated 150 or so exhibitors participating in this year’s show was highly positive, and many former and new participants have already expressed their intention to be part of the next CFS, which will be held, once again at the International Centre, from January 16 to18, 2020.
The event is owned and organised by the Montreal-based Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA).
For the second consecutive year, one of the highlights of the show was the Trend Showcase, which was created to showcase a cross-section of well-designed product available to attending retailers from exhibitors on the floor. Linda Mazur, a residential designer and principle of the Toronto-based Linda Mazur Design Group, handpicked the items that were singled out and then displayed in a space composed of nine vibrant showcases, ranging from the boho chic to contemporary chalet style.
Best Booth Awards
A panel of comprised of members of the Toronto branch of the Decorators & Design Association of Canada (DDA) were charged with judging this this year’s Best Booth Awards, given to exhibitors who excelled in their efforts to create outstanding displays.
The panel was comprised of DDA president Maureen Weigen-Liebovitz, a designer who has a life-long passion for colour and textiles; Lindsey Foster von Kalben, a specialist in creating beautiful and functional spaces; Sharon MacIntosh, an accredited decorator who is the principal of her own company; and Lauren Kosowan, a designer known for a style that reflects timelessness, personality and functionality.
Providing the panel with a helping hand in the selection process were interior designer Gail Martiri; Pallavi Ram, a designer and communications director of the DDA; and Fay Splett, editor-in-chief of Ontario Design magazine.
The awards were bestowed in the following eight categories:
- Best overall booth: Style in Form
- Best visual display: Dutailier
- Best use of colour (a tie): Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and Mlily Canada Inc.
- Best use of space: Amisco
- Best new exhibitor: Almila Mobilya
- Best design: Gest’Art
- Best traffic builder: Mega Groupe Inc.
- Best TIDC showroom: Marcantonio Designs
The 2020 Canadian Furniture Show
The 48th edition of this country’s only national furniture trade event will return to its traditional January time slot beginning next year. From 1972 until 2014, it was the first furniture market held in North America, but after conducting surveys of both exhibitors and attending buyers, it was moved to current tine slot in 2015.
The organisers said the move to early in the year – just eight months from the date of this year’s show – is being done to ensure the event’s longevity and continued growth.
“We are confident that moving the date of the event to mid-January will have a positive reverberation on the entire industry,” Tony Melis, CFS director, said in a statement. “This decision will allow us to attract new exhibitors, in more product categories related to housing. The change has also attracted considerable interest from international exhibitors, notably from Europe.”
The event’s web site can be found at canadianfurnitureshow.com.
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Editor’s Note: Home Goods Online will publish a complete report on this year’s Canadian Furniture Magazine in the upcoming Spring edition of the HGO Merchandiser. And, beginning in a few days, HGO.tv will be begin hosting and broadcasting a series of video blogs and reports filmed at the show. Stay tuned.