Axonify's Exhibition Display wins 'Best Island Booth' at ATD

We could not be happier for our client Axonify who just won 'Best Island Booth' at the A.T.D. Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado.  They chose to go with a custom designed 20'x20' rental exhibit with simple messaging, vibrant colours, and lightbox arches for additional impact. Congratulations! 

Trade show booth rental sketch
Rendering of Axonify's Trade Show Booth Rental
Second view of Axonify's trade show booth rental

2015 Octanorm Design Award Winners

A big congratulations to our design and production teams for winning all categories in the 2015 Octanorm Design Contest on December 7th.  The contest is held every two years and looks at how Canadian exhibit houses integrate the exhibit system Octanorm in the design and construction of their booths.  The different categories vary by booth square footage and also includes categories such as non-trade show and exhibit concepts.  We are very honored that our designs were chosen - thank you Octanorm Canada!

Here are our entries & booths that won:

Custom Displays for the National Geographic Society

We had the pleasure of working with the National Geographic Society on two custom displays this year.  Collaborating with the Director of Museum Operations and their design team, we engineered and fabricated a custom 10' high and 7' wide light box for a launch event in Toronto's Distillery District, as well as, a frame for their Speaker Series at Roy Thomson Hall.

OCE Discovery Event in Toronto

The Office of the Vice President Research & Innovation at the University of Toronto is the lead for a multi partnered program called SOSCIP (Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform).   They had asked us to design a turn-key booth to showcase their program at the OCE Discovery Event hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this year.  Based on their booth criteria and show objectives, we designed a rental exhibit with a feature 8' (h) x 20' (w) fabric lightbox wall, seating for prospective partners or clients, as well as, different areas for graphic and digital messaging.

The International Woodworking Fair: Arauco - Flakeboard

The 2014 International Woodworking Fair was an exciting show for us.  We have worked with Flakeboard for over 15 years but this project was a little different: Arauco recently purchased Flakeboard and this was their first joint show in North America.  Working closely with their Marketing teams during both the design and construction phases, we incorporated their own wood products into the booth.  Here are some photos of the build in our shop & warehouse in Brampton, Ontario:

In our CASE STUDY view show photos and read more about our collaboration with Flakeboard &  Arauco.

Bring IT Together 2014

Hosted by OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials) along with the ECOO (Educational Computing Organization of Ontario), Bring IT Together 2014 is taking place in Niagara Falls, ON this week.  Microsoft took a unique approach to engage their visitors by using their exhibit properties to create a theatre - complete with free movies, popcorn and education solutions!

Just a snippet: Azure - Microsoft's 10'x20' booth rebranded

At the AGM in Toronto today: Microsoft's existing booth was rebranded for Azure.
With new LED lighting technology built into the wall we were able to play with the colours in the background.

From this...

Spa Booth

To this...

Best Buy & Future Shop - Connected Homes Summit & Tradeshows

It has been great to see all the tradeshow and training elements come together for the Connected Homes Summit in Niagara Falls this week.  Our designers, carpenters, crews and graphic production staff have been working on new pieces for the Microsoft Canada team and it was great to finally see some live photos from the convention centre today.

Octanorm Design Contest 2013 - a recap

Every two years Octanorm Canada hosts a conference for partners who use the German display system.   They introduce new extrusions & displays, present improvements they have made, host round table discussions, and also a design competition.

The rental booths (and some purchased ones) that we custom design for our clients are built using this German display system.  Unlike your traditional shell schemes provided by show contractors, most of our exhibits incorporate both rental and custom elements.  Unique laminates, custom millwork and customized lighting solutions, give our rental booths a look and feel that sets our clients apart from other exhibitors.

Here are some of the designs we submitted for 2013. 
We won for the 'Exhibits under 400 sq. ft.' & 'Exhibit over 1000 sq. ft.' :

For entries from previous years feel free to visit the Octanorm website: Design Contest.

Event photos just in - Staples Back2School

Microsoft and Lenovo Canada are showcasing their products at the Staples Back2School event today.  It is all about the experience: Trainers showcased the devices in a library, living room,  bedroom, cafe, office and lecture hall. 

The exhibit spaces are based on 10' x 10' footprints.  The interior design & staging for these themed environments was focused on showcasing their devices being used in the real world. The printed backgrounds are not photographs, they are 3D environments we created, rendered in Cinema 4D & VRay, and printed specifically for these displays.

The Living Room


The Office


The Bedroom


The Library


The Cafe


The Lecture Hall

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More event photos here:

Staples - Back 2 School prep

A sneak peek of the new booth Microsoft Canada is taking to the Staples Back 2 School event in Markham tomorrow.  It's hard not to love what we do!

Iceberg Las Vegas?

The Cold - the inspiration for an exhibit

With the weather we had in Toronto this past Winter, an iceberg sighting would not be impossible to imagine....but what about in Las Vegas?

Eberspächer, known as Espar in North America, brought the Arctic experience to the 2014 Catersource show at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.  Perhaps this cold weather, Polar Vortex and all, provided the inspiration for Espar's new booth promoting their Mobile Flex Cool units.

The units featured at the show are compressor cooling containers for refrigerating or freezing perishable goods transported in vans or cars.

An Arctic Experience

Together with the Espar team, we crafted an exhibit that gave their clients and prospects an unforgettable Arctic experience at the show.  Their new cooling units were the focus in the 10' x 20' booth space.  All the other details aimed to take their visitors off the trade show floor and into an environment that helped the Sales team better communicate the capabilities and benefits of Espar's products.

From colour changing LED lighting along the entire backwall, pedestals and platforms

to the shards of 'ice' (actually acrylic sprayed with frost) everything was considered.  These unique accents,  were used to display brochures & control units, surround the platforms, and provided dimension to the backwall.

And not to forget: the iceberg in the middle of the booth.

Sculpted, coated in fibreglass  and finished with an automotive paint - the iceberg although out of place in Las Vegas, was a feature component within the overall theme.

The Response

The response to this exhibit has been fantastic.  We are very grateful to Espar for trusting us with another one of their new booths.  It was fun developing and playing with their original concept to create this Arctic booth.  So, the next time you are at a restaurant, catering, or foodservice show, don't be surprised to see an iceberg.

Microsoft Ad Agency Kiosks at Work

In collaboration with Starshot, a marketing agency focused on experience design, we crafted ten Microsoft Kiosks that were installed at the offices of different Toronto based advertising agencies.  They were designed and built to showcase the XBox One, XBox 360, a Windows phone and Surface tablet.  

As you can see, the initial concept was not far off from the final kiosk design.  Our creative team worked closely with the production lead, as well as, the Account Manager to ensure that we built a display that supported the user experience the client had envisioned.

A fresh new look for @ADP_CDA at #HRPA2014

With a 10' x 20' booth space at this year's HRPA (Human Resource Professional Association) Conference & Tradeshow 2014, ADP Canada updated their exhibit with a custom back-wall, some new full height graphics, raised logos & letters (a personal favorite) and if you look closely you will see the 'walk-in closet' a.k.a. storage room on the right of the booth (a close second favorite in my books).

Interior Design Show 2014 - a special preview

As I predicted - we were not disappointed at the Interior Design Show (#IDS14).  The morning was spent along side design students, interior designers, and other industry professionals - all excited to see what the show had to offer this year.

Some of our favorites were the BigFoot Door booth, the Solo Home exhibit and the 'experience' at the Miele Booth.  I was also blown away by some of the beautiful lighting, rugs and furniture some of the smaller and more independent designers brought to the show.  I found myself stalking the Reed Hansuld booth because of the beautifully crafted chairs he showcased (yes....chairs).

Here is just a small collection of what inspired us today:
(images are also on our INSTAGRAM @exhibitcanada)

Next stop - the Interior Design Show (IDS) 2014

Registered & badge printed. 


A group of us from the office are heading to the Interior Design Show tomorrow!  We get a sneak peek on 'Trade Day' and from the photos I've seen on the IDS Instagram feed, we will not be disappointed.  Although most of the work we do is focused primarily on a more corporate clientele, I'm sure I can speak for the rest of the team and say that it's refreshing to attend the IDS  or IIDEX shows for some inspiration.  Even when we are crafting a rental exhibit, each booth is custom designed and we add special features, textures, materials, lighting to make them unique.  I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us! 

Microsoft Canada's Shadow Box Booth

I was just able to get some photos from our newest build - we call it Microsoft Canada's 'Shadow Box' exhibit.  These images are from a recent Future Shop event that took place in downtown Toronto.  Our crew set up this custom designed exhibit in a day (I should have a video of the installation up by next week). The walls are about 10' high and 20' wide.  The white panels are a high gloss laminate - while the back-walls were inspired by "shou-sugi-ban" a Japanese wood burning techniqueWith only 3 weeks to design and build this booth - everyone was excited to see it come together.


6 Tips for Preparing your Trade Show Graphics

Clients ask us all the time about file formats, image sizes, and resolution for their booth graphics. If you are working with a graphic designer or an agency - in most cases they will know how to set-up the files for production.  However, with some basic graphic knowledge under your belt - you should be better equiped to navigate this crazy world of artwork and printing