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At the 2008 SIDIM

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On May 22, 23 and 24 the Salon international du design d'intérieur de Montréal (SIDIM) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at Place Bonaventure.

SIDIM's 2008 edition will feature various networking activities: receptions, artistic events and cocktails will bring together designers, architects, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, creators and the public. The Rendez-vous du design and its new award remittance procedure, the Corteo Disegno, will also be a place for meetings and discussions. The Bâtir show will be there, along with the third instalment of Green Dating, organised by the Emerging Green Builders of the Canada Green Building Council, in collaboration with Nu Green.

Bâtir will also act as centre stage for several contests. One of them, organised by the Éco-Recyc kitchen, and sponsored by Recyc-Québec and Éco Entreprises Québec, will have participating designers creating a household waste recuperation bin for the kitchen. Another one, the CLU, organised by Lumec, will present awards to the best exterior lighting concepts.

The Tribune des designers, which honours Quebec design, will introduce the 29 recipients of the 2007 Prix Intérieurs/Ferdie. Many leaders in the Quebec design world will be there: Couper/Croiser will take another look at the carpet while Michel Bérubé and Nathalie-Jeanne Loiseau from Impressa Design will present their new concept of digital glass-printing. At the OneTop stand, the public will meet the winning t-shirt designers from the sixth edition, featuring the theme "What is design today"? And, for the first time, the Sico Liquid Inspiration contest will award prizes to 20 graduate students in Interior Design from a dozen Cegeps and vocational centres.

The Design mode de vie section will feature creations from Quebec's most prominent fashion designers, such as Marie Saint Pierre. Design & Cie will check the pulse of the market by pairing up five Quebec designers with five regional manufacturers who, together, will create prototypes for the event. Also, the efforts of several bachelor students in Environmental Design will be showcased in the Québec Éco-Design section.

As part of the Carrefour International, the third edition of Design Africa will draw some twelve participants from Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. The ceramics of South Africa's Sango Ceramics, table accessories from Diana Carmichael and furniture from Absolute Furnishing will all be featured. For the second year, Paris Développement will be showing the latest in materials, furniture and artwork hailing from the French capital. The region of Lombardy, heart of Italian design, will also be in the forefront this year with its Fire and Earth exhibit, a meeting with the elements. In all, 17 furniture, decorating accessories and lighting companies will showcase their creations. For the first time, China will be represented by Interior Design China magazine along with 20 specialists in architecture and Chinese design. 

The Association professionnelle des designers d'intérieur du Québec will be set up in the Business District. A forum on business-space planning and management for buildings will be organised on Thursday, May 23. Various entertaining activities for the general public will also be on the programme: a shuttle will take passengers on a discovery tour of Montreal designs, while the MU organisation will orchestrate the live creation of a mural by Carlito Dalceggio.

And lastly, for its 20th anniversary, the SIDIM is going green: as a North-American first, in collaboration with Recyc-Québec and RCI Environnement, the materials used by the exhibitors and left behind at the end of the show will be dismantled and recuperated, and delivered to various recycling locations.

Place Bonaventure
800 de la Gauchetière West

Reserved for professionals and business people
Thursday, May 22, 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, May 23, 10 am to 8 pm

Open to the public
Saturday, May 24, 10 am to 6 pm