Think Globally, Design Locally

Over 36,000 designers, architects and design enthusiasts will gather again for the 12th year of  western North America’s biggest design fair — Interior Design Show Vancouver (IDS Vancouver) — boasting over 250 exhibits of products and services. Slightly rebranded (from IDS West) to honour the green, innovative city’s heritage, IDS Vancouver celebrates the West Coast’s persona and design philosophy, embracing a connection to nature and lifestyle-inspiring beauty, inside and out. 

 The Melt Copper Pendant and Wingback Dining Chair from Tom Dixon’s collection will be showcased at West Coast’s largest design fair. 
The Melt Copper Pendant and Wingback Dining Chair from Tom Dixon’s collection will be showcased at West Coast’s largest design fair. 

 Superstar designer Tom Dixon is one of many setting the table for unparalleled design excellence at this year’s fair.
Superstar designer Tom Dixon is one of many setting the table for unparalleled design excellence at this year’s fair.

To meet Vancouver’s demand for the world’s best design and craftsmanship, this year’s fair has attracted international visionaries sure to get your creative juices flowing. The Trade Day keynote speaker is the legendary industrial designer Tom Dixon, whose iconic furniture, accessories and lighting now reside in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Known for reflective surfaces, seemingly molten metallics, sleek wood and luxurious upholstery expressing both function and form, Dixon’s designs won’t be out of reach, as a pop-up with Inform Interiors will let patrons buy them on impulse.

Dixon will also be tantalizing the patrons’ design (and literal) tastebuds with his elemental Fire Kitchen, a mega hit from Milan Design Week. Smoked and seared cuisine will be passed around while guests are enchanted by his red-hot design, featuring Caesarstone basalt surfaces with touches of gold and copper. 

 The Armory District’s Switzer Cult Creative will debut collections from international brands like Zanat and Artisan that preserve elegant age-old trade craft and handiwork. 
The Armory District’s Switzer Cult Creative will debut collections from international brands like Zanat and Artisan that preserve elegant age-old trade craft and handiwork. 

High-end furniture showroom Switzer Cult Creative from the Armory District will debut collections that also return to the most basic elements — creativity and craft. Curated by award-winning designer Alda Pereira, the Zanat collection embodies beautiful labour-intensive handicraft in solid European hardwoods, as well as a mission to preserve such dying arts. Zanat cofounder Orhan Niksic says that both the Unna chair and Tara shelves (which you’ll find at the fair) “were named after Bosnian rivers, for their fluid, elegant and clear forms. The fluid soft lines communicate comfort and softness.” 

Of course, IDS Vancouver wouldn’t be complete without Canada’s best. The 100-percent-Canadian custom lighting and metalwork manufacturer Karice will be sparking interest with its Electron Wall Sconce, which won silver at the 2016 A’ Design awards in Italy (beating 56,000 other entries). Karice’s project manager and designer Jordan Dery says, “We also have a very special piece that is going to blow everyone out of the water!” From coast to coast, continent to continent, this year’s IDS Vancouver already sounds historic.

For more information, visit idswest.com.

Text by J.H.White  Translated by Zhao Wen

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