As part of our TILT Curiosity Labs initiatives, our team was invited to concieve of, design and build the main stage for IDSwest 2015, Canada's largest interior design show.

Our design concept used the form of a circle to gather people and create community within the conventional open booth grid on the tradeshow floor. Hanging fabric panels defined a perimeter around the stage space, recalling the draped canopy of a willow tree. This fabric canopy filtered light, sound and views and created a sense of space and enclosure. The intimate setting became a place of gathering in the midst of the larger convention floor, perfect for performances and presentations. Post-show, we donated the fabric to social enterprise Common Thread for use in an upcoming project.

This project is a great example of what TILT is all about: creatively challenging and engaging our team, resulting in conversation and learnings about new ways to design for the built environment, and ultimately increasing our social impact.

Watch a video about the process.