The Toronto Furniture Show Part 1
What a day! I got to the show and met my good friend, Jennyfer who is also a designer who prays for inspired trade shows. We spent two hours roaming the International Center. It was pretty boring to be honest. I hate going to trade shows in general. The buildings are always too hot or too cold, the air is stale and everyone is standing around their booths looking either worried, bored or slightly hysterical. The furniture show pretty much sucks for appeal. There’s no grand design spaces like the Interior Design Show always has. The booths are very basic, the coffee is brown water and the atmosphere is almost sickly.
All that being said, I go every few years, to keep myself updated, and make one or two new connections. This year, I somehow made a few more.
I’ll highlight different companies in the next few weeks to show you what new items Monaco Interiors will be able to purchase for our clients.
The best booth at the show belonged to this very stylish woman named Mercedes. Her company is called Merben (you can check out the retail site at www.merben.com).
I totally fell in love with her Natural Cotton Throws. A long time ago, Grandma crocheted me a throw, with that chevron zig-zag pattern. I loved it. Ten years later, it’s looking kind of beaten. And, to be honest, that polyester knit was never the snuggliest of fabrics. Merben’s cotton throws remind me of Grandma’s, just a lot softer. Okay, maybe made with less love…but I’m a designer, so what’s love got to do with it?
And then there’s the mohair throw (shown in hot pink), available in a whole slew of colours with a bohemian chic fringe. I take back what I said above. LOVE! So lux, but looks totally cool and unpretentious. That’s design at its best.
For kids, she’s brought in some great items. Personally the Emma the Pig pillow makes me smile. Fun, vintage inspired stuffed toys, and lots of soft blankets, would make great gifts to mom’s to be. I just want to decorate with them.
So as far as furniture shows go, this find was an odd one, considering the only furniture she sells is a pouf. But I’m thrilled we met, and I can’t wait to bring these wonderful items to a home near you!
Have a terrific day!