IDS Toronto - Interior Design Show

JANUARY 23-26, 2025

Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building


Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) partnered for the second time at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Toronto 2024, featuring the ARIDO + IDC Stage. This collaboration aims to cater to various aspects of the design profession, including education, professional development, and community building, creating a well-rounded program that can appeal to a diverse audience within the interior design community.


The ARIDO + IDC Stage design incorporates elements of various scales, designed to be appreciated both up close and from a distance.  

The roof, symbolizing home, serves as a representation of ARIDO, functioning as the home for Ontario design and a visual beacon within the convention centre, providing a unique and identifiable presence amidst the numerous booths on the showroom floor.

To enhance the stage, a versatile backdrop combining a balance of art, design, and architecture was adopted. This backdrop, crafted by Molo, a Canadian design company, features flexible partitions that not only contribute to a neutral and textural space but also offer improved acoustic properties. These unique materials prompt us to reconsider the adaptability and flexibility of space. They align with the commitment to sustainability by providing environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional building materials which can be used for a multitude of future events. 

Anchoring the slope of the roof and serving as the starting point for the flexible partitions, the angular black signage serves as the grounding element in the design. Contrasted with a light tone, the ARIDO and IDC logo emerge as the central focal point. The juxtaposition of the angular lines with the soft curved textile surrounding the stage, creates an all-encompassing design that captivates observers from any viewpoint.

The Program

The ARIDO + IDC Stage offers a diverse and engaging program with three main segments:

Speaker Series

Inviting designers and collaborators to speak in panels focused on topics below, that will provide valuable insights and foster a sense of community within the industry.

How Laneway & Garden Suites help combat our housing shortage
Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM

Design to Make a Difference - Empowering the future through design today
Thursday, 1:00PM-2:00PM

Design Impacts with DIAC - Design Industry Advisory Committee
Thursday, 2:00PM-3:00PM

Why Relationships Matter-an open discussion between the A&D community & designers
Thursday, 3:00PM-4:00PM

Demonstrating the Value of Design – through the VODA Awards
Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM  

Disrupting Design: The importance of diversity in the interior design industry
Friday, 1:00PM-2:00PM

Intern Competency Review System (ICRS)
Friday, 3:00PM-4:00PM

Interior Design Contracts
Saturday, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Interior Design Projects Gone Wrong
Saturday, 2:00PM-3:00PM

Demystifying Permits
Saturday, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Community Hub

Thursday - Sunday, 10:00AM to 4:30PM

A unique opportunity for students and interns to connect directly with Registered Members for valuable portfolio reviews and mentorship. Opportunity for our esteemed members and non-members to drop in and connect with our association representatives.

BID Activation

Thursday - Sunday, 10:00AM to 4:30PM

As future designers, this is a platform for ARIDO BID students to present and facilitate discussion with the public around a conceptual design they have created.