May is Montreal Design Month, and the city – a designated UNESCO City of Design – offers much for design-lovers to see and do. At the centre of the action is SIDIM, now re-branded Salon International du Design de Montréal – dropping the word Intérieurs to reflect a growing scope that now comprises not just interiors, but also landscaping, outdoor structures and furniture, and construction.
Inside Place Bonaventure, 300 exhibitors show their latest in spaces spotlighting art, seating, lighting, eco-design, international design, limited editions, and a “tribune” section devoted to local and international creatives. You’ll also find an area displaying works by students from three Quebec universities, with an emphasis on fresh ideas and sustainability. Expect plenty of new product launches, including Rocks, a collection of seven new stone-inspired laminates from Abet Laminati, and Hubkit, a multifunctional prefab furniture module from Abnorm Studio that virtually disappears when not in use.
SIDIM will also present programming reflective of the diversity of the city and its design connections, including the celebration of World Interiors Day. Award ceremonies, seminars on lighting and colour, and even a fully staged traditional Chinese opera round out the itinerary.
Meanwhile, a new off-site event called Design Loud + Clear (or Design Haut + Fort in local parlance) takes over the Centre du design UQAM. Thirty prominent local designers, including Monde Ruelle and TOMA, present prototypes and new lines of furniture and home accessories.
SIDIM takes place at Place Bonaventure, 800 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest. May 24 and 25 are industry days and the fair is open to the public on May 26.
Design Loud + Clear will be held at the Centre du design UQAM, 1440, rue Sanguinet, Montréal. Open to the public May 24 to 26.