Interior Design Month 2023

This October, the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) will broaden the conversation on interior design by hosting Interior Design Month, a major province-wide design event.

Interior Design Month

Sit down for a Design Consultation with a Registered Interior Designer to have your design questions answered, hear about emerging topics and trends during the Speaker Series, and get a behind the scenes perspective of your local design community during Open Studio events.

This year’s edition is presented in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada, the national advocacy body for interior design.

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Open Studios

Design firms and studios around Ontario will open their doors for their local community to visit and get a behind-the-scenes look at the way a design studio operates. These Open Studios encourage members of the public to join the conversation and look more deeply at the spaces within their community.

Open Studios are also an opportunity for local youth, families, and school professionals to learn more about the rewarding and viable careers within the industry from established practitioners.

ARIDO Awards Gala

The ARIDO Awards Gala continues to be the industry’s premier design awards event in Ontario. We are thrilled to announce the ARIDO Awards will return to an in-person format this year on October 5th, 2023!

Taking place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the 40th edition of the ARIDO Awards will recognize projects in the categories CARE, EAT + STAY, LEARN, WORK, and the annual categories of CRAFT, DISTINCT, and PRESERVE + RESTORE.

We will also take some time to reflect on the past 40 years and celebrate the rich history of the Awards.

Read more about the ARIDO Awards Gala.

Student Design Charrette

During these hands-on workshops high school students will learn how they can impact their environment through interior design interventions, and the ways design and design thinking show up in daily life. Led by post-secondary students, these workshops will demonstrate to high school students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors that a career in interior design engages technical, communication, and problem-solving skills.

In line with ARIDO’s commitment towards diversity and belonging, the Association is focused on demonstrating to underrepresented communities and newcomers to Canada that the interior design field offers many viable and rewarding career avenues.

What is Interior Design Month?

Now in its second year, this celebration of interior design will provide a multitude of places for Ontarians to learn more about the value of interior design and gain perspectives on the importance of working with a Registered Interior Designer. Building on the week-long event that took place in 2022, this year’s edition is presented in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada, the national advocacy body for interior design.

Throughout October, Ontarians can receive design advice from Registered Interior Designers during scheduled events, hear about emerging topics and trends during the speaker series, and get a behind-the-scenes perspective of their local design community during open studios.

Throughout the province, Interior Designers create functional, accessible, and beautiful design solutions for homes, businesses, and offices in a collaborative process which considers a client’s vision, lifestyle, and budget. By engaging more Ontarians in this conversation, ARIDO will showcase the value of hiring a Registered Interior Designer and that services and designs provided by Registered Interior Designers offer greater value than the cost within a renovation budget.

The celebration kicks off October 5, during the 40th ARIDO Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The ARIDO Awards celebrate interior design excellence by Registered Interior Designers and are one of the most highly regarded honours in the interior design community. The 2023 ARIDO Awards Gala will recognize completed interior design projects in the awards categories CARE (healthcare and wellness spaces), EAT + STAY (restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs), LEARN (education spaces including postsecondary facilities), and WORK (commercial offices spaces from 0 to 50,000 square feet), as well as the IMPACT AWARD which celebrates the vast and positive impacts of interior design.

Interior Design Month will end with Interior Designers of Canada’s Value of Design Awards (VODA) during their Symposium from October 25 to 27.


Read the Media Release here.