The Canadian Furniture Show offered great activities that supplemented the business transactions.
Different networking events improved visitor experience such as industry party, gala, and Town Hall meeting completed the business opportunities! And let’s not forget David Chilton’s presentation!
As for great exhibitor products, the Show featured them through the Great Finds...
The Canadian Furniture Show featured Great Finds, which are great products that exhibitors presented at the 2016 Show. All the Great Finds have been posted in the social media and featured here, on our website.
One of the great incentives of coming to a trade show is to take advantage of Show Specials, or rebates offered during the Show and promoted beforehand.
New in 2016, the Canadian Furniture Show gave you a foretaste of some of the specials our exhibitors planned for you, through e-flyers!
|Domus Vita Design||Atelier Lux Design|
|Reemka Imports||Galaxy Home Furnishing|
|Luce Lumen||Dynamic Furniture|
|Nouveau Concept Furniture||Springwater Woodcraft|
|Mega Furniture Imports||ESF Wholesale Furniture|
|Theater One Seating||
|Richwheel Arts||R&T Furniture|
The Canadian Furniture Show was proud to welcome for a special design presentation, media personality and highly acclaimed designer of the S&C brand, Steven Sabados. On Saturday, May 28, Steven shared not only the latest S&C furniture design but also what’s evolving in the world of interiors - what’s hot, what’s not and what’s timeless!
“I’m so excited to be returning to the Canadian Furniture Show to not only showcase the latest S&C furniture but also share what’s new in colour, fabric and profile,” remarked Steven Sabados.
The S&C furniture brand was founded by partners Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman and was launched by their manufacturing partner Décor-Rest to rave reviews in 2007. Sadly, in the summer of 2015 the world lost Christopher Hyndman. As a tribute to Christopher and his passion for design, a dynamic new product team was created. Under Steven’s never-ending creative leadership as an artist, photographer and designer, the team continues to uphold the S&C philosophy of keeping design "timeless, fresh & fabulous". The S&C new collections include furniture, case goods, lighting, decorative accents, and area rugs.
David Chilton: an informative and inspiring talk
Visitors and exhibitors to the 2016 Canadian Furniture Show were treated to a rare opportunity to attend a live presentation by David Chilton, well-known as a former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and best-selling author of The Wealthy Barber. This highly anticipated appearance was presented on Sunday, May 29, at 9 a.m., just before the opening of the Show.
Whether it’s helping millions of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, David Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures. Called “charming, unpretentious, and funny,” by The Chicago Sun-Times, David puts his business expertise and life experience to work in his informative and inspiring talks.
David began his career by self-publishing his book The Wealthy Barber in 1989. It was written in 26 months, and was specifically targeted toward those with little investment experience, in order to help them develop positive personal-finance habits. The book has become one of the most popular Canadian books of all time, selling over two million copies since its release.
His second book, also self-published, is The Wealthy Barber Returns, and is yet another runaway Canadian bestseller. David is also the publisher of the bestselling cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates, and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! (working with authors Janet and Greta Podleski).
David is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.
One hundred participants attended this inspiring conference and received a free autographed copy of his latest book.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
To wrap up the opening day of the Show, all Show participants were invited to party! On the menu: finger food, drinks, a live band, and networking!
Canadian Home Furnishings Awards Gala
2016 marked the 15th anniversary of the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards. The event was held on Friday, May 27: the day before the opening of the Canadian Furniture Show which was running from Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30.
The Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance (CHFA) honoured Angelo Gallo, President of Statum Designs Inc. with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The CHFA established this Award to recognize those individuals who over their lifetime have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the Canadian home furnishings industry and their communities.
The Retailer of the year Award is dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Canadian furniture businesses. The first recipient of the 2016 Retailer of the Year Award from Eastern Canada was JC Perreault. The second recipient of the 2016 Retailer of the Year Award from Western Canada is Nordic Holdings Ltd.: Konto Furniture and Sofa Land.
The CHFA Board of Directors and the Events Committee congratulated the three Award recipients.
For 15 years the CHFA has been honouring our industry's most impressive individuals and organizations. The Canadian furniture industry has so many remarkable people and organizations within it and their success deserves to be celebrated. The awards not only spotlight individual talent but they also serve to enhance the industry and raise its profile.
CHFA Golf Classic Tournament
On August 16, industry professionals were invited to tee off at the Caledon Woods Golf Club for the CHFA Classic Golf Tournament. An invigorating day on the greens was followed by cocktails and dinner.
Monday, May 30, 2016
The third Town Hall has again brought industry participants together to discuss various issues.
The Canadian Furniture Show Best Booth Awards, launched in 2015, were back in 2016, in collaboration with SOFA. The awards aim at rewarding exhibitors who have gone above and beyond in creating a truly outstanding booth!
Several awards were presented to recognize excellence in exhibit design. Booths were evaluated based on the same three criteria used in 2015:
Best NEW Booth Award - exclusive to first-time exhibitors: Empreinte Québécoise, booth 5447
Booths 999 sq. ft. and under
Gold - Textiles Gauvin, booth 2297
Silver - Comerco Services Inc., booth 1835
Booths between 1,000 and 2,499 sq. ft.
Gold – Handstone, booth 5125
Silver - Dutailier, booth 1266
Booths 2,500 sq. ft. and over
Gold – Zedbed, booth 2253
Silver - Tuff Avenue, Collection, booth 1024
New! Best SOFA Showroom Award - Van Gogh, showroom 211
Honourable mention - Style in Form, booth 2643
Special Award: Best Chair - Atelier St-Jean Inc. in the Empreinte québécoise booth, 5447
Associate Publisher, Furniture Today
Director of Sales and Marketing, HomeGoodsOnline.ca
Marisa Lupo and Luisa Maringola
Design Professionals and Principal of Lumar Interiors
Editor, New Homes and Condos, Toronto Sun
Associate Publisher and Editor, Ontario Design, Homes Publishing Group
Principal, Laura Stein Interiors
Show participants enjoyed a unique and relaxing spa experience in a dry water-jet massage bed, or a beauty break including a manicure or a shoeshine!
The 2016 Show floor included a new Business Lounge with multiple private meeting rooms.
The Pub with a Spanish twist was great to take a well-deserved pit stop and taste tapas, Barcelona Estrella Beers, Sangrias and other delights, in an inviting space!
Lundi 30 mai 2016
New in 2016, FABX is Canada’s first exclusive fabric, wallcovering and window treatment showcase for the trade, presented by SOFA: Source of Furniture + Accessories, in partnership with IDRC, Interior Decor Resources Canada and supported by the International Textile Market Association.
Highlighting industry trends and featuring new product introductions from over 30 leading industry suppliers, this inspiring event was held the last day of the Show on the SOFA mezzanine. As an added feature, there was also a FABX2016 booth display during the entire Show!
This new space introduced avant-garde and ecofriendly products, which valued Quebec materials and were co-created by designers from 7 different companies.