Continuing a longstanding relationship with the Interior Design Show, LIV Design Studio had the opportunity to present The Art of Outdoor Living booth at IDS Toronto 2024. Building upon our studio’s previous work in the augmented-reality space while furthering our commitment to uplifting talented young designers, this immersive experience was both a celebration of the great Canadian outdoors and a showcase of our TECH/DESIGN/CULTURE approach.

Responding to IDS Toronto 2024’s theme of Canadian design, our team wished to further the work done in our groundbreaking The Future of Work: A Virtual Experience booth at IDS Vancouver 2022 with another augmented-reality spotlight, this time showcasing multi-residential patio design. As with our previous AR showcase, our aim was to call attention to the work of student designers from across Canada by fully immersing IDS attendees in their works with the assistance of next-gen technology.

As well as providing a platform for deeper interaction with interior design, The Art of Outdoor Living was also a vessel for our second Student Design Challenge, which awarded student finalists with cash prizes and an opportunity to present their work to the Canadian interior design community. The result was a 1,000 sq. ft. booth composed of three 188 sq. ft. micro-spaces containing ‘portals’ whereby guests could enter the AR experience and vote for their favourite design.

To bring this ambitious project to life, LIV Design Studio relied on hyper-realistic 3D renderings of students’ works, created by our in-house CG designers. With the generous support of our material and financial sponsors, our team designed the physical booth to reflect Canadian design and the outdoors with abundant greenery and natural finishes. Outdoor-inspired seating and waiting area furnishings were supplied by RODA, with marble furniture and planters from VicoStone Canada, carpet from Shaw Contract Canada, and lighting fixtures from Diffusion Lighting tying the space together.

The Art of Outdoor Living
was a resounding success both in terms of engaging IDS Toronto 2024 attendees and in advancing the frontiers of augmented-reality in interior design. While there are numerous challenges inherent in both translating physical interior design to virtual spaces, and in creating a temporary space for an event such as the Interior Design Show, we are immensely proud of what we achieved and eager to continue the conversation surrounding technology in the interior design industry.