In one of Toronto's most creative and dazzling fundraising affairs, GE Monogram Appliances and Azure magazine transformed the Design Exchange (one of the evening's benefactors, along with Casey House) into a hive of highly stylized dining nooks conceptualized by a bevy of decorated designers. From rustic to romantic, vibrant to pop, the unique spaces housed 140 of the city's finest, who sipped a seemingly endless supply of wine carefully paired with exquisite dishes. At the centre of it all? A toe-tapping ensemble, which later gave way to a DJ that kept table-hopping guests like design guru Sarah Richardson on their feet.
And what's Toronto's design week without the annual kick-off for the Interior Design Show, the city's haven for international and Canadian home decor inspiration housed in the Metro Convention Centre. A well-heeled collection of the industry's top aficionados, hailing from near and far, explored wild and wonderful exhibits at the 17-year-old fair - from MissoniHome's playful installations to Caesarstone's collaboration with Canadian-born, London-based designer Philippe Malouin (hint: swings!). Proceeds were fittingly donated to Habitat for Humanity as guests nibbled on eats from the Food Dudes truck and various stands - and proved the cold doesn't faze Canadians with gourmet popsicles!