The votes are in...

via Interior Design Show Toronto 2009 Blog...
Material Inspires Winning Window:

It's been a couple of weeks since the show and believe it or not, the IDS team is already busy working on IDS 2010! We would like to thank everyone who attended the show, and say a special thank you to those who shared their photos on Flickr or our Facebook Fan Page, tweeted about what they saw, or participated in our various contests...

One of our favourite IDS 09 contests was our 2nd annual Window Contest, where we challenged retailers to create a window display based on the theme of our show. Since INSPIRATION was this year's theme participating stores designed their windows to creatively convey an inspirational design. We were pleasantly surprised to see how these stores rose to the task at hand and also how many of you took the time to vote online!

We're excited to announce that this year's Window Contest winner is Relative Space/Floorworks, who was also an exhibitor in the Luxe Home feature area at this year's show. Located in the Upper Annex on Dupont Street, Relative Space/Floorworks' showroom used to be an old car garage space that has been transformed into a bright, open concept store. They carry a broad range of products for the home; from modern contemporary furnishings such as Porro, Living Divani, high end flooring, accessories and recently added to the repertoire, Schiffini kitchens.

What is particularly unique about Relative Space/Floorworks' approach to their window displays is that they are designed by artists, either emerging design students (from various design schools such as OCAD) or by established artists. The changing of the windows on the last weekend of every third month is a highly anticipated event by the neighbourhood and art enthusiasts alike.

Relative Space/Floorworks
' winning window was created by Susan Rowe Harrison who called this particular installation Inflorescence. When asked about her inspiration behind the work, Ms. Harrison told us, "I wanted to engage the physical properties of space and architecture with works that explore form and content (or, form versus content) in a personal way using a mundane, commercial material—sign vinyl. At Floorworks, I started with a natural form—a group of flower heads—taken to an abstract extreme. I wanted the work to transcend its material to provide the instant impact of a huge abstract painting, which at the same time subverts the slow and labor-intensive process of hand-cutting large rolls of vinyl and applying it to the wall."

Congratulations to Relative Space/Floorworks and Susan! You can find photos of the other participating store windows in our Flickr album.