IDSwest 2012: A Final Tour Through the Show

Now that the buzz has died down a bit, I thought I’d do a photo tour through the show with you! And seriously, this is just a snippet of IDSwest this year. But you know how it goes. It’s hard to see and do everything! Even so, this post is photo heavy, so you might want to grab a coffee, and settle in for a bit!

Up first are the whimsical Chickadee bird houses designed by Trevor Coghill and Nathan Lee of Contexture Design.

Chickadee Bird Houses

This exhibit features the prototypes designed for the Chickadee! If you’re loving them, the Chickadee bird houses are slated to be launched in time for Christmas.

This next exhibit was created by Hatch Interior Design out of Kelowna. This design firm specializes in sustainable interior solutions for the modern work place.

Hatch Interior Design Exhibit

5 interior designers were invited to create 4′x4′ spaces for IDSwest, and this is the space created by Hatch! I’m thinking all you need is a laptop, and you’re good to go, but I’m not so sure about the ergonomics of that stump ;-)

In the background you see the sign for MOES Home Collection.

Want a closer look?

MOES Home Collection Exhibit

MOES is a family owned and award winning home decor retailer. They have been in business for over 20 years, travel the world for fashion forward furnishings, and they source new pieces every week.

And we also had IZM modern furniture featuring their high quality handcrafted pieces.

IZM Modern Furniture

IZM furniture is built to last, to age gracefully, and to stand the test of time.

Back again this year was Salari Fine Carpet Collections with their always popular Salsa Lounge poufs by Paulig.

Knitted Poufs

Don’t you just love their texture and colour? And you have to admit, they bring in a little cozy, too! Salari also launched a new collection of hand-knotted carpets that were inspired by photography. Totally stunning, but sadly I didn’t manage to get any photos of these beauties :-(

And speaking of cozy, how about this Trapper Chair by Identity Apparel’s Home Division?

Vintage Hudson's Bay Point Blanket Trapper Chair by Identity Apparel Home Divison

Identity is a brand stemming from the ideals of what it means to be Canadian.  And this one-of-a-kind chair is made from a vintage Hudson’s Bay Company point blanket. Now how Canadian is that?

The glow of light you see hanging in the background of Identity’s exhibit is actually this!

Identity Apparel - Antler Light Fixture

Antlers. Are they in, or out? Either way, I thought this was a pretty cool feature that totally suited the theme.

And then there’s Montauk Sofa.

Montauk Sofa

Seriously. What’s not to love? I wish I captured the whole grasshopper lounge chair in this photo, but it was super hard take a photo of this exhibit without people walking in front. This was a veeery popular stop!

Here’s a close-up of the walls (and the ceiling)!

Montauk Sofa Exhibit

Did I mention how much I love the Grasshopper Chair? See, there it is again, bottom left!

If you saw my last post featuring Matthieu LeBlanc’s reclaimed wood creations, then you know how much I love his approach to design.

So when I saw these pieces by mth woodworks

mth woodworks - organic resin in hollowed out stumps

I was totally blown away to learn these salvaged pieces have been filled with organic resin! Isn’t this the coolest eco-friendly idea yet? And if these pieces from mth’s Bloom Collection aren’t enough, what do you think of this coffee table, also from their Bloom Collection?

mth woodworks - Bloom Coffee Table

I am totally loving the juxtaposition of this modern top and salvaged wood base.

ox + monkey. This gorgeous ceramic sculpture is one of theirs.

ox + monkey - ceramic sculpture in acrylic case

Yes, you read that right. This sculpture is ceramic, made to look like torn paper! Can you imagine the work involved? This piece was actually in a clear shadowbox, and I can see why!

I loved this colourful exhibit by Beyond Beige Interior Design. I just thought it was so much fun, and really demonstrated a great mix of pattern and colour.

Beige is Dead Exhibit

And even though I’m not a huge fan of yellow, I thought this light fixture made a perfect statement in this space! If you want to see your space infused with character, there’s no doubt, Beyond Beige can make that happen!

Lighting is always a big draw, and these pendants were no exception. They marked the Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre exhibit, and when I saw them I just had to get a photo.

Duravit - Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre

Don’t ask me what that green horseshoe is on the glass shade! I think it’s just the way my lens caught the light!

But for lighting the real show stoppers were definitely Omer Arbel’s Bocci 28D desk lamps.

Omer Arbel 28D Bocci Desk Lamps

Do you think the fact they lit up the bar, facilitated the ‘stopper’ part? ;-) Well, okay, it might have been the price, too. These lamps were being sold at an incredible price, for the show only, and were available in both yellow and gray.

One of the exhibits that caught my attention was Global Surface Solutions. Concrete fabricators out of Kelowna, they specialize in crafting unique concrete surfaces and products suitable for both interiors and exteriors.

Like this fully sealed concrete desk.

Global Surface Solutions - Kelowna

Looove this desk!

And all that you see here including the wall!

Global Surface Solutions - Kelowna

My friend and thrifting buddy, Carol from Carol Smyth Colour & Design was on the inside track with this exhibit! She consulted with this company to help them plan their booth. Check out Carol’s blog article for close-ups of the gorgeous vignettes she planned for them, and for a little more behind-the-scenes scoop!

Also working with concrete, was Sticks & Stones Furniture.

Sticks & Stones Exhibit

Sticks & Stones specialize in custom built furniture that features the contemporary beauty of wood and concrete. They work with recycled or reclaimed wood and materials to create one-of-a-kind furniture designs that are both modern, and functional.

I know the Aya Kitchen designed by Kelly Deck Design has swept the internet, but I couldn’t imagine leaving this star out of the mix!

Aya Kitchen Design by Kelly Deck Design

I interviewed Kelly Deck at IDSwest last year, and if you missed it, you can catch up on the interview here. You will see reflected in this kitchen, the intelligent, timeless design Kelly speaks of!

Would you love to call this kitchen your own?

I know I’d sure love to call the Brent Comber table my own!

Kelly Deck Design - Reclaimed Stump Side Table

Did you notice the gold detail in the crevices?

What I really appreciate about the Aya kitchen is the collaborative effort that went into its conception, and which ultimately resulted in its standing ovation success!

And as we exit this photo tour, I wanted to leave you with a little more of…

Brent Comber Exhibit

A creator of sculpted and functional objects, design environments, and a specialist in designing modern urban forms from ancient sources.

Brent Comber Exhibit

Brent Comber Exhibit

Brent Comber Exhibit

Isn’t Brent’s work incredible?

I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.

{UPDATE: The Marilyn Denis Show did a great recap of IDSwest}

{Click here to view}

I’d like to extend a special thank you to Jason & Leonie for once again providing our dlbWEST group with press passes, bubbly and the opening night tour! Definitely a great way to get the show started!

Thank you for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller

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Comments

  1. I sure missed out but thanks for sharing all of your pics Sheila! I’ll be there next year for sure :)

    • I feel like I missed out, too, Lily – by not getting to Spruce Collective! I am really looking forward to stopping in the next time we’re over. Would love a chance to chat a little more!

  2. What a great tour for those of us in the east. Loved everything, especially all the natural and live edge wood shown. I wonder how different IDS 2013 will be here in January? Thanks so much for putting this all together Sheila!

    • I’ve been wondering the same thing, Lisa. Someone actually asked me that very question… and I didn’t know the answer :-O
      Live edge is a big thing here, in fact ‘Live Edge Design’ is one of the bigger players, and they’re from Duncan where I live, which is a relatively small community. The pieces they design are just incredible. Would love to hear how much of the live edge influence is at IDS2013…

  3. Whoa, what’s not love about everything there?! I am loving Identity Apparel’s booth & products…nifty! The live edge pieces and lighting are pretty fantastic too…I may just be looking at this post a few times;) Great pics and thanks for sharing Sheila:)

  4. That’s a great roundup of the show Sheila. I was going to say you highlighted all the things I loved the most about the show but I guess we know why that is: Thanks for giving my boys a shout out!

    • I really enjoyed taking all this in with you, Carol! You ask such great questions, and get the conversations flowing… and I liked comparing thoughts and ideas with you as we moved from booth to booth!

  5. now I feel better and do not feel anymore – like – I missed a good exhibition

  6. Wow, those are some amazing items. I think we went to that show in Toronto a few years ago, or at least a similar one.

    • I would love to take in the Toronto who, just to see the similarities and the differences. There was so much to see, though, that it was hard to really take it all in… I’m still processing!

  7. Wow – too bad I missed this show – thanks for the great coverage Sheila!

  8. Great recap, Sheila. Definitely hit the booths that stood out for me. I spent a lot of time looking/shooting the Montauk booth; it took restraint to only post three images on Instagram. The Inform booth was another favourite of mine. I was definitely inspired by clean lines of the various woodworkers there, so impressed by their talent.

    • Thank you so much Darryl! I think this was a pretty awesome show… and I can only imagine how fantastic your photographs are! Lucky Montauk, that their booth caught your eye… I’m not on Instagram just yet, so haven’t seen them! It’s a ‘coming soon’ feature in my life when I switch over my phone. I guess there’s a reason vintage and I get along ;-)

  9. Great article Sheila – I missed the opening party and only visited on Sat. so although I saw a lot of what you posted, I did not see the detail as there were always people in the way!
    So thanks for the great inside look – loved your photos by the way – great composition!
    Big hugs, Jil

    • Awe, thank you so much Jil! Saturday was crazy, busy with people for sure, and it’s so hard to see things with that many people moving around. I have to admit, the internet helped me fill in some of the gaps ;-)
      xo Sheila

  10. Great round up Sheila! I’m glad you took nice shots…when will I learn that my iPhone + excitement = blurry shots.

  11. Looks like a great show! Thanks for the tour, Sheila. (Wish I had been there.)

  12. Wow! I can’t even try to pick a favourite, everything you posted is awesome! Love all the beautiful wood pieces, and that torn paper ceramic piece is just stunning. Yes, I can see why it was protected in a shodow box! The cool thing is that the show in Vancouver features completely different companies and artisans than the show in Toronto. One of these years, I’m coming to Vancouver for IDS West!

    • I can see you totally connecting with the wood pieces, Kelly! A perfect match for glass floats :-) You’re the 2nd person to say how different the Toronto show is, and it makes me want to take in the Toronto show, too! Hmmmm, wonder if there’s a sponsor out there who could help make this happen ;-)

  13. Wow, what a great post! It is so interesting to see the show through another persons eyes!

  14. You captured everything I missed, Sheila… thanks!
    Terrific post :-)
    Victoria

  15. Great Recap Sheila! It was such a great show, and it as so great to see you! Looking forward to next years show as well.

    Jodi

    • Thank you so much, Jodi! I really enjoyed your recap of Tommy’s presentation, too!!! It was great to connect… I’m looking forward to next year as well. The show just keeps getting better and better!

  16. Holy cow … this is some serious inspiration eye candy!! I am in love with those bird houses. They look like bamboo, and I just happen to have some bamboo poles….and the stump table base … and the pendant lights!!! Love.

    • The eye candy was incredible! And you can see where my eyes wandered to! I loved all the live edge, colourful, and fun exhibits – and yes, definitely those little bird houses. They caught my eye right away. Will there be a Karah birdhouse in the DIY mix? ;-)

  17. You did a great job covering IDSwest Sheila! It was such a great show! And, so good to see you!! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks so much, Rosa! I can’t believe how much there was to see, and wish it was easier to see it all! Congratulations on your photos of Kelly Deck’s kitchen design being used in her column. Now that’s truly awesome!!!

  18. oh my word!!! I barely saw any of this? What was I doing all night? oh yeah, talking people’s ears off ;) Very thankful that SOMEBODY was paying attention ;)

  19. Nice recap! I’m so glad we can do this because there is so much I missed in person. I need a time machine to go back and see the things I missed. And a grid pattern to follow next year so I cover every inch of the floor! Ha! Great photos!

  20. Wonderful re-cap Sheila!!! And lovely pics too!
    I love Hatch’s 4×4 design. I somehow missed this so I am most grateful for featuring it.
    Kelly Deck’s design for Aya Kitchens has me swooning…I can’t get enough of everone’s photographs of it. Love seeing it from so many angles and through so many different bloggers’ eyes.
    It was amazing meeting you at the Blend Party Sheila. You are soooooo sweet. xo

    • Thank you so much, Amy! What a nice comment!!! I love seeing all the recaps, it’s just so great to see the show through other’s eyes, and to catch the things I missed! I loved finally getting the chance to meet you in person, and only wish there was more time time for a longer conversation! Blend was awesome, but wow, that evening went fast! Hopefully we’ll have another opportunity… maybe, next year! It was so great for you to make the trip – I just had a ferry to catch, but you had to do planes, sky trains, and automobiles!!! LOL :-)

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