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IDS Toronto - Interior Design Show
January 19 - 22, 2023
Metro Toronto Convention CentreToronto
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Dare to Share Lounge.

Dare to Share Lounge.

Picnic Design, in collaboration with GOCO, Aya Kitchens and the English Carpenter, will make the co-living experience come alive in the central Dare to Share lounge at IDS22.

Co-living is about creating shared living spaces, great for multigenerational families, seniors and those looking to enter the market. It is an intentional housing option that includes both private and shared spaces, to share the costs of housing, and to have a built-in community of support. 

To create the co-living experience, the lounge will be divided into separate vignettes, each depicting a typical shared space. Each vignette will be scaled at 1:1, colour coordinated and filled with conversation bubbles, much like in a life-size comic book. 

The visitors will be able to get a drink from the “kitchen”, and then mingle in the “living room” or the “dining/home office”.  

They may go to the “rec room” for a game or to the “den” for some quiet time. They can always head out to the “backyard” to hang out. Visitors will want to move from space to space to experience different settings.

The chosen vignettes are built upon the installation in 2020, where visitors voted on the dollhouse models of spaces they would like to share in a co-living setting. 

Following up on the vote, today’s visitors will be able to step inside and experience co-living for themselves.

About Picnic Design.

Picnic Design is a Toronto-based architecture and interior design firm led by founding principals Joanne Lam, (OAA, LEED AP) and Eric Martin (AOCAD Env. Design, BCIN). Their experience spans over 25 years working in multiple cities on a wide range of project types, particularly residential and multi-unit residential in urban centres.

They view urban design, architecture and interior design as a single, integrated discipline that drives their way of thinking. By anticipating the dynamics of urban living and community in the details of design, they seek to enhance the experience of the built environment that surrounds all of us.

Picnic Design's approach considers all functionalities of the designed space, both inside and out: as a home or a home-work space, as a place for celebration, or a quiet escape. Through their commitment to client collaboration, adaptive thinking, and creative play through prototyping, they generate new ideas for a more thoughtful design process, giving the story behind each project its full design expression. 

Celebrating 23 years strong.

The Interior Design Show is Canada’s premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond.