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

IDSwest: FRAME Magazine Booth

What do string art and FRAME magazine have in common?

Well, string art, though an artistic fad of the 70s, can also be modern and graphic. And that is what you’ll find on the pages of FRAME magazine. Creative, edgy spaces featuring astounding architecture that is punctuated with dynamic art and the coolest of cool products.

Here’s a look at FRAME magazine’s booth in the stages of set up at IDSwest this past weekend. (View a short video of set up)

With 2 days and the clock ticking, all the turquoise yarn was strung, and the booth fully installed. Did you notice the ceiling?

Great design is intentional, and as random as the turquoise yarn might seem, it is anything but. There is a deliberate attention to detail in the planning behind this booth, and every feature has a purpose. Did you notice the white frames? The translucent counter ‘framed’ in contrasting wood?

In speaking with Erik Bean, co-partner with Stefan Levasseur in the new firm Design&, he explains the ‘whys’ behind the booth design…

The turquoise yarn was chosen because of its brightness and contrast with the white walls and white frames.  The yarn’s chaos allows for the simple geometry of the counter and frames to break away and highlight their content — FRAME!  Much the same way the magazine is able to edit down and highlight only the best design from a sometimes overwhelming interior design discourse. 

Here is a look at the FRAME magazine booth on completion.

(L to R: Stefan Levasseur, Erik Bean, co-partners in Design&)

Now that you know the strategy behind the design can you see it? Take another look. See how the white frames and the counter pop to the eye? You can’t help but notice them and that which they are each framing… the magazine, FRAME! I wish I had captured the wall on the left, because it was really amazing too.

I love the subliminal strategies at play… you know it’s there, yet without consciously being aware… seeing without seeing.

Another thing I learned is this booth was built on a $500 budget. Can you believe that? And what really resonated with me was the fact that the team had to be resourceful. They had to find innovative and inexpensive ways to create the effects they wanted. One example of this is the white frames. They were repurposed from thrift shops, and then given shadow boxes. Can you see the shadow boxes in behind the white frames?

Oh, and did you notice the E on FRAME is backwards? Can you guess why that might be?

So what do you think?

Isn’t it amazing when you learn the concept behind the design? It completely changes the way you see things. Great design such as this is always effective even without an explanation. But once you know the thought that’s gone into the design, it makes it that much more interesting.

Credit for this booth is shared by Erik Bean and Stefan Levasseur with the other collaborators and young designers on the project:  Jeremy Calhoun, Max Hsu, Sanghyun Samuel Kim, Lucy Liu, Sophia Sengsuriya, and Amy Sissons.

And a special thank you to Erik Bean for providing me with this behind-the-scenes information that made this article possible.

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A Story Unfolds for Bloggers, CDLB West at IDS West

I’m back from Vancouver where I attended the IDS West show this past weekend… and what a show it was! There’ll be a whole lot more coming, but this post is about the incredible planning and organizing by our amazing CDLB West group leaders, Victoria Lambert of Edin’s House, Barbara Matson of hodge:podge, Nancy Marcus of Marcus Design, and Karla Adamatsu of Kerrisdale Design Inc. They made this IDS West weekend possible for the rest of us, along with of course IKEA, our premier sponsor who was just incredible. Thank you Victoria, Barbara, Nancy, and Karla. And thank you IKEA!

Let the story unfold…

IDS West was held at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre. Have you ever been there?

Isn’t it unbelievable?

There is so much BC wood in the design, including these stunning chandeliers. They definitely set the tone for what lay ahead.

Our CDLB group was invited for a private tour on opening night…

And then to the opening night party too!

This is where we all met up…

To collect our Media Passes for the weekend!

I really appreciated having a Media Pass. And our remarkable organizers managed to arrange VIP seating for the presentations over the weekend too!

This is how our tour began…

A glass of complimentary champagne…

And 2 fantastic hosts!

Jason and Leonie…

Click here to read more about our tour and the opening night party!

Saturday night. Let the rest of the story unfold…

The next big event was our cocktail party at the boutique hotel, the Loden, where a number of us also opted to stay the night.

This is a glimpse of the sitting area in the suite I shared with Andrea Johnson, another member of CDLB West.

It comes complete with nailhead trim and an espresso machine at the back!

And this is a glimpse of the special guests who joined us at our cocktail party…

None other than Mark Challen, House and Home style commentator!

And…

These two amazing designers, Kelly Deck of Kelly Deck Design and Suzanne Dimma, editor of Canadian House and Home!!!

I know! Pretty incredible :-) And so were they!!!

The evening was filled with so much laughter the volume would put a football game to shame! There were lots of draws with amazing prizes, a grand draw for a $1000 IKEA gift card… and a Twitter challenge too! The prize was a sleek bathroom faucet from Delta Faucets

Victoria Lambert Photo

Can you guess what came home with me?! Thank you so much Delta Faucets for your incredible support of CDLB West and our special evening!

And at the end of the evening we were each given a SWAG bag too!

Want to see what was in it?

Well, the Delta faucet wasn’t part of the swag bags, but I thought it should be included in the photograph too! Thank you so much to the many contributors who helped fill the swag bags with design and lifestyle delights!

And as they say, all good things must come to an end…

But for those of us who were still around the next morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast together.

(L to R: Andrea Johnson, Myself, Karla Adamatsu, Barbara Matson, Victoria Lambert, Erika Reed Cook, Nancy Marcus)

And then some went their separate ways, while the rest of us carried on over to IDS West to take in Kelly Deck’s presentation.

This was the perfect end to an incredible 4 days!

And if you missed my interview with the incredibly talented Kelly Deck of Kelly Deck Design, you can read it here!

THANKS FOR READING!