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

Wood, Wood… Everywhere!

This year’s IDSwest show featured lots and lots of wood… reclaimed, live edge, native inspired… and in a venue like the Vancouver Convention Centre, the aesthetic was set before you ever entered the show.

Lets’s take a look.

Here we are at the top of the escalators you ascend from the street level entries.

Did the ceiling capture your attention too?

Believe it or not, this area, though tremendously open and spacious, has a calm, peaceful feeling about it.

And that’s because of the walls, the most incredible walls I’ve ever seen, made with pieces of local BC Douglas Fir…

(Photo Source)

Aren’t they amazing?

Quiet is how Tom Morin describes them. His company built the walls, all the feature panels like these that you see throughout the Convention Centre… if you would like to learn more about these spectacular architectural features, click here for a short video and hear from Tom himself.

And now turning around at the top of the escalators, this is what meets your eye on the other side…

The enormous globe is a reminder of all things planet Earth… a great segue into the featured wood designs of the show.

Are you ready?

Here at the foot of the escalators, en route to the IDSwest exhibits, you are given a sense of what you’re about to see.

A magnificent live edge table with the IDSwest show guides beautifully layed out.

When you step inside, the room is alive and sparkling with ambient light… but that’s another post!

Back to live edge…

This is the exhibit of Live Edge Design from Duncan, and I thought this was a great place to start since that’s where I live!

This table is incredible. Made from a reclaimed maple slab, the center boasts a glass inlay over river rock detail.

I LOVE these one-of-a-kind dining room tables!

Another variation on the use of live edge, was presented by Bowerman’s Handcrafted Furniture.

What do you think of this fusion of styles all in one piece? I’m loving the base underneath the live edge slab.

This next piece is their Black Tusk coffee table.

It’s also a blend of styles, a combination of contemporary and rustic, and was built with salvaged fir.

And then there’s AyA Kitchens & Baths. They’ve taken a live edge to a very modern edge.

If you saw this live edge breakfast bar…

Would you believe it was connected to a modern prep sink set in manufactured stone?

Scroll back up to be sure. You will see the kitchen window and nearby cutting board in the background of both these photos!

And here Maple Art Custom Furniture owner/artist Andres Schneiter’s pieces lean to a Mid-Century Modern flair.

Clean lines and style that never get tired. If you’re MCM at heart, you’ll love Andres’ custom creations.

Once A Tree Furniture, in business for over 30 years, has definitely mastered the craft of clean lines and style…

This is a table that would pair well with just about any chair and not look out of place.

I couldn’t resist taking this picture just because I like the name so much!

You can see they are still in the process of setting up, but I like it just the way it is… well maybe I would hide some of the cords, but I like the industrial look that’s unwittingly going on!

And to borrow the phrase, once a tree, it seems like a good fit for these native inspired pieces created by Sabina Hill.

As a West Coast girl, these stunning pieces caught my eye. The raised ovoid glass over the cut out designs adds depth, as if reflecting the soul of each piece. I wish I could’ve taken a photo looking at the tables from the other way around as the designs are showing up-side-down here, but there was a professional photo shoot taking place, so I had to be mindful not to get in the way!

This is a close-up of the Thunderbird armchair.

I love the mix of red and black leather, because these colours remind me of the traditional button blankets, a further connection to the culture behind the design.

Brent Comber. What can I say?

His sculpted objects are incredible. Here you see his solid sphere creations in the foreground, and if you look closely, under the right side of the table in the background you will see a solid sphere holding up that end!

This is a close-up of a solid sphere that looks similar to the one underneath the table.

Isn’t it amazing?

And here is a close-up of the table from another angle.

I LOVE this!

And I love that there is so much focus and commitment to create pieces from salvaged wood, reclaimed materials, and a continued effort for environmentally conscious choices.

What piece is your favorite… or can you pick one?

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