The best and worst of Toronto's Interior Design Show

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IKEA kitchen

credit: Kelly Rossiter

IKEA Model Kitchen

I used to go to the Interior Design Show to see the latest in how the top designers and corporations were dealing with the issues of our changing world, and could often find a lot. The last few years, there has been less and less; it doesn't appear that anyone really cares. Or they will say it is all "baked in" now, they don't have to tell that story anymore. So now I just go and see what the trends are so that I can complain about them.

Like this from IKEA, who usually show real, aspirational designs. Instead we get crystal chandeliers, impossible to maintain and keep clean in their traditional environment, but over a stove? with a hanging exhaust hood so far away that it isn't going to catch a thing? Those chandeliers will be grease covered horror stories in weeks.

I was going to call this the Worst in Show but my wife pointed out to me that IKEA was doing something very different, trying to show the upscale IDS audience that their kitchens should not be considered cheap flatpacks, but that they can be elegant. I just kept looking at the silly chandeliers.