IDS West

I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cities recently, Vancouver BC, to attend the Interior Design Show West 2015 (IDS West).  The event, "the Pacific platform for all things design", now in its 11th year, featured designers, makers and brands from the West Coast and the Vancouver community.

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The show attracted an audience of industry professionals including architects, interior designers as well as design savvy consumers and media eager to see the latest design forward products coming out of the Pacific Northwest and hear presentations from designer Jonathan Adler, founder of Design Within Reach, Rob Forbes and others.

There were several cool features including Swings, an interactive installation by Philipe Malouin that featured a 12-piece swing set designed to showcase Caesarstone's new Supernatural and Concrete Series and LA Exchange, curated by Design Milk, which featured a selection of designers from LA including Eric Trine (who was based in Portland for a time).

The Portland Pop Up neighborhood represented our city well, featuring well known local design resources like Quarter Twenty, Plywerk, and MadeHerePDX.

Photo by WhereTheyFindUs

Photo by WhereTheyFindUs

The Prototype exhibit showcased a curated selection of innovative designs that are still in concept phase. 

Konisa Studio presented The Larry Chair, a chair designed around learning and play for children 1-5. Portland based Lightlite featured Grain Pendants, lighting inspired by nature with an organic yet modern feel. Brett Riekert showed the Katamay chair, a mid-century modern inspired chair combining walnut, steel and leather to create a simple and sophisticated design.

The Prototype designs were all innovative and I look forward to seeing them in production. 

Other exhibits and designs that stood out include this sculptural piece of the mountain range from Vancouver design studio Propeller and the Bloom coffee/side table/stool made from Western Red Cedar trees by MTH Woodworks. Both exude our love of nature and mountains here in the Pacific Northwest.

The Jan Kath rugs and pillows were also stunning, as was the showroom. I love the Erased Heritage line, traditional designs with an edge.

Montauk Sofa had one of the best booths. Simple and statement making. 

All in all, it was inspiring to see the level of talent and creativity emerging from the Pacific Northwest and Canada and was a great showcase of well designed and engineered products for the home.

Check out the IDS West flickr album to see great photos from the show.