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.
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.
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 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 furniture is built to last, to age gracefully, and to stand the test of time.
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?
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!
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.
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)!
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…
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?
I am totally loving the juxtaposition of this modern top and salvaged wood base.
ox + monkey. This gorgeous ceramic sculpture is one of theirs.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Looove this desk!
And all that you see here including the wall!
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 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 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!
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…
A creator of sculpted and functional objects, design environments, and a specialist in designing modern urban forms from ancient sources.
Isn’t Brent’s work incredible?
I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.
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