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Vancouver to host Interior Design Show this month
Sep 6, 2016

The Interior Design Show Vancouver is returning September 22 to 25 for its 12th year of speakers and exhibits, highlighting residential design. Three days of speakers geared toward designers, architects, builders, contractors and industry professionals will fill the schedule, including a talk by this year’s keynote speaker, Tom Dixon, who will also debut his pop-up store, featuring newly launched accessories and designs during the show.


Martini set by keynote speaker Tom Dixon

Other speakers at the show include interior designer Barbara Barry; home style expert Emily Henderson; Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan; and Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis and Hillary Petrie of the design company Egg Collective. Speakers will be accompanied by 275 exhibitors, including kitchen fixture designers, flooring companies, furniture designers and design software companies. One of the featured showcases is Open Studio, where selected designers and firms are given the opportunity to create 100-square-foot designs based on this year’s theme, “Color.” Some of the designers participating in Open Studio this year are Amanda Hamilton Interior Design, Mango Design Co. and Form Collective.

Judy Phillips, director of IDS Vancouver, shared her insights into this year’s exhibition with EAL:

How did you determine the speaker lineup?
Here in the West, we are able to mix it up and insert up-and-coming, exciting, new-guard designers with well-loved, well-known established designers who have influenced the landscape over the past decade. We also wanted to represent the community here on the West Coast by hosting speakers like Emily Henderson (Portland transplant to L.A.), Built by Civilization (Seattle), Justina Blakeney (L.A.) and Heather Ross (Vancouver) and juxtapose them with international speakers who may be differently influenced by where they live and work: Tom Dixon (London), Yukio Hashimoto (Tokyo), Ontwerpduo (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Egg Collective (Manhattan). I believe varied ages, sexes, stages of career and cities of origin makes for great content.

What are some of the highlights for this year’s show? How is it different than the last iteration?
The design community in the West is growing and evolving, particularly in Vancouver…. There’s lots to celebrate and highlight, which makes my job fun and a lot easier. We’ve had fun pulling together themes and features for this year’s iteration. We are particularly excited about our pet project, Clay & Glaze, a feature that elevates design works in ceramic out of the realm of craft and includes participating contemporary designers from London to Los Angeles to Brooklyn to Sydney.

Another exciting feature is the “Inverted House,” designed by BAI Architects. IDS Vancouver has partnered with Design Milk for our third iteration of the Exchange; this year, IDS will be hosting six exciting designers from Eindhoven. The “Inverted House” is an installation that will house several current products from designers Steven Banken, VANTOT, Dirk Vander Kooij and Ontwerpduo, and is a not-to-be-missed stop on the show floor.

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