IDS Vancouver Builds Excitement

International Design Show (IDS) Vancouver opens for the public this weekend September 30 and October 1 at Vancouver Convention Centre.
There are many home shows filled with things to build your house but IDS Vancouver is filled with all the items that makes a house a home. Design trends, decor, accessories, furnishings and more touches that add your personality to your four walls.

Here’s five top things to make sure you check out at this year’s IDS Vancouver

Living at the entrance of IDS Vancouver is the 100ft, majestic Tree House, designed by Electric Coffin and presented by LightArt, an exploration of manmade material and natural form becoming one. The exhibit lets visitors wander through the front door of a house made from 3Form material and along a lit path which transforms the piece into an organic, tree-like shape made from cardboard. The passage serves as a portal to explore and contemplate: a metaphysical object propositioning the viewer.

In collaboration with Portland-based ANN SACKS, Camille Walala will transform the Central Bar feature into Walaland – a joyful place filled with Camille’s signature tribal-pop prints, high-octane colour combinations, and eye-popping graphics. Incorporating ceramic tiles by ANN SACKS, Camille has hand painted a 60-ft mural that serves as the backdrop for the bar. The young designer also takes the stage on Saturday, September 30 to speak about her design.

The fourth installment of The Exchange at IDS Vancouver will bring you to Tokyo! An enigmatic city, Tokyo’s design scene is a mixture of ancient and modern, liberal, and conservative, east and west influences. Curated by Design Milk, the Tokyo Exchange brings together works by innovative Tokyo-based design studios – we+ and Design for Industry. The installation is designed by Vancouver-based FSOARK Architect Inc.

The Mix is an all new program at IDS Vancouver this year that includes a host of breathtaking displays, installations and talks that are conducted both onsite and off. Supported by the Consulate to the Netherlands and media partner FRAME Magazine, three leading Netherlands-based designers have been paired with celebrated, established Vancouver creators. The pairs exhibit side by side on centre aisle at IDS Vancouver and take part in offsite conversations hosted by FRAME Minds at the Vancouver-based designers’ and artists’ studios.

The District is IDS Vancouver’s popular cash and carry neighbourhood that features fresh collections of design products for the home. The marketplace is the show’s mecca for the most exclusive and popular finds in home and decor. Featuring evolutionary designs, the line-up of exhibitors includes some of the most renown names in home design & décor like Saige & Skye, Urbanwalls, Maria Roth Design and bloc amongst others. A cult favourite amongst industry insiders and consumers, after all, who doesn’t like to shop.

The 13th IDS Vancouver takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre West, from September 28 – October 1, public is welcome Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale at

Friday Find : Native Shoes Supernatural Collection

nativeshoesThings are Supernatural this Fall/Winter 2016 season as Native Shoes introduces its most radical line of unisex silhouettes designed for humans in all climates to wander the elements.

Just in time for autumn weather, Native is unveils a collection of cold season styles, combining futuristic materials and classic styling aimed at propelling its “Future Classics” story.  Perfect for our wet West Coast weather is the introduction of the water-resistant Hydro Collection, infused with a proprietary Defender Repellent Systems with Scotchgard™

Taking design inspiration from the avant-garde concepts that emerged from architectural firm Superstudio in 1960’s Italy, Native’s supernatural story plays with textures, technology, prints, and colors which encompass the radically advanced thinkers of this cultural movement. Like Native, Superstudio was known for their design beliefs which used structures in the natural world to enhance the human experience. Superstudio’s concepts are brought to life in the modern age through new futuristic silhouettes.

Three new FW16 styles are introduces to fill out the water-resistant Hydro Collection.

Built on the Apollo Platform (AP), each shoe features an ultra-light rubber outsole and the Defender Repellent Systems with Scotchgard™.

Hydro Collection – AP Apex

The AP Apex draws inspiration from the classic hiking boot with metal eyelets, a padded collar for comfort and breathable micro-perforations on a recycled Japanese nubuck.

Hydro Collection – AP Chukka

The AP Chukka Hydro follows the same design cues as the traditional Chukka, updated with a non-perforated three-ply upper for extra weather-resistance.

Hydro Collection – AP Rover

The AP Rover is constructed from a lightweight mesh with waterproof membrane, moleskin lining, and a 3D printed mudguard.

The Fall/Winter 2016 collection will be available at select retailers across Canada and at

Interior Design Show Vancouver opens this week

Since 2004, Interior Design Show Vancouver (formerly IDS West) has grown to become Western North America’s premier residential interior design showcase.

Last year, over 35,000 visited the public showcase at Vancouver Convention Centre to view 275 exhibitors from the design world. This year’s show is open to the public this Thursday evening for the Party on Opening Night and on Saturday and Sunday.  Friday is a Trade Only day.

Interior Design Show Vancouver highlights the cutting edge of design, technology and decor.  Speakers, workshops, panels, demonstrations and hands-on participation ensures the Show is educational as it is inspirational.  Some of the featured events & speakers include: Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven – a showcase of designers from The Netherlands, Pitch Tank – a Dragon’s Den style event, designers Emily Henderson, Barbara Barry, architect Chris McVoy, contractor Rasmin Khachi and many more design professionals throughout the weekend.

The Interior Design Show Vancouver Party On Opening Night takes place Thursday September 22nd, open to trade and public, tickets are on sale now, $35 online.  The Public is also welcome Saturday and Sunday September 24 – 25, weekend passes $18 online.

WXA100 at @thisopenspace

WXA100This weekend Vancouver-based design company WXA100, the brainchild of Emily Carr University graduates Artem K and Warren Cheng, launches their latest collection.

Friday to Monday at @thisopenspace at 434 Columbia Street, Vancouver, the WXA100 duo of Warren Cheng and Artem K invite the public to celebrate the launch of their new collection of limited run hand crafted objects. Visitors to the space can get involved with WXA100’s design process by joining Warren and Artem as they demonstrate their method of creating marbling effects on paper by floating paint on the surface of water. Demonstrations take place all weekend, and guests are welcomed to try the technique to produce their own one-of-a-kind piece.
WXA100’s second collection

The pop-up event takes place April 4th to 6th from 12pm to 6pm, @thisopenspace, 434 Columbia St, Vancouver.  If you can’t make it to see WXA100 at thisopenspace pop-up event you can shop for this second collection of one-of-a-kind notebooks with hand crafted covers online at, you can also follow the design duo on Facebook or Instagram and Twitter @wxa100



Christopher Bates Trunk Show at Holt Renfrew

On Tuesday, September 9th, acclaimed Canadian contemporary menswear designer Christopher Bates launches his Fall 2014 collection with an invitation-only charity shopping night & trunk show at Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew store from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

The collection is on available now at Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew but at the trunk show, Holt Renfrew will donate 10% of storewide sales to Bates’ charity of choice, Jade’s KIDS (Kids Independent of Drugs) Foundation.

Drawing inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray the new collection, titled Noctem, (latin for “night”), is designed with the style-conscious man in mind. Bates has created dashing, urban looks perfectly suited for evening, weekend and transition wear. The collection features luxurious sweaters constructed with baby alpaca made in Peru and a signature wool and satin tuxedo. Rounding out the collection are lamb leather bombers, brushed cotton dress shirts, micro-herringbone nylon trench coats, and Bates’ infamous kiss print dress shirts.


“This is my second season selling at Holt Renfrew and we’re launching the new collection with a gala to celebrate, as well as to raise awareness and funds for a great cause,” said Bates. “Vancouver is where I’m from and where I started my business, so I’m certainly looking forward to coming back and sharing this experience with my family, friends and supporters.”

Christopher Bates’ charity trunk show at Holt Renfrew Vancouver takes place September 9, 2014 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Vancouver Art Gallery : Grand Hotel

GrandHotel_08Whether it’s a exemplary tale of great service, horror stories of run down rooms, stunning architecture or dream stays seen in films, everyone has a tale to tell about a hotel.
Vancouver Art Gallery has assembled a collection of these stories for their summer exhibit, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, running until September 15. The exhibit showcases the evolution of the hotel from a utilitarian structure to a cultural destination.
Exploring 4 main themes; travel, design, the social and culture, the exhibit examines how each plays a part in the hotel. Taking its name from the film Grand Hotel, similarly the gallery examines the interactions of guests and life surrounding the hotel as a microcosm of modern society.

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street.
Gallery Hours: Daily 10am – 5 pm / Tuesdays until 9pm

Uniform Standard

Uniform Standard, Lifetime Collective’s second menswear line, recently debuted their Spring / Summer 2013 collection video, ‘Treachery on the Edge.’ Shot in Tofino, BC the 6 minute video is directed and produced by one half of the Lifetime Collective design duo, Reid Stewart. The collection is a youthful self-expression about living life and getting lost in it. It is through free thinking and a never ending museum of plant life in which the video was inspired.

Uniform Standard by Lifetime | Spring/Summer 2013 | Treachery On The Edge from Lifetime Collective on Vimeo.

Uniform Standard by Lifetime | “Treachery On The Edge” for Spring/Summer 2013
Directed by: Simon Redekop & Reid Stewart “Reidlekop Productions
Captain/ Executive Producer: Reid Stewart
Music by: Thee Oh Sees “Carrion Crawler” off their 2011 “Carrion Crawler/The Dream” album