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

West of Main Art Walk Celebrates 25 Years

The West of Main Art Walk presented by Artists in our Midst is celebrating 25 years of open-door artistic explorations May 27 & 28, 2017.

Erin Perry in studio I Have Secrets, I Can Tell Ink and acrylic paint on paper, 11′ x 11′, 2016

Celebrating with its largest-ever event, the Art Walk stretches from Point
Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st  Avenue, with more than 50 vibrant and diverse artists sharing their works in garden studios, cafés, shops, and community centres all across the area.

“I can think of no finer way to welcome the warmer months than stretching ones legs or getting back on the bike and discovering some of the amazing artists who are a part of Vancouver’s lively art scene,” says Judy Osburn, President of Artists In Our Midst. “More than simply taking in beautiful paintings, textiles, ceramics, and the like, the Art Walk offers an opportunity to form meaningful connections with individuals who enliven and enrich our community. It is an invaluable chance to discover the stories behind the art, and celebrate visual art’s capacity to transform people”

Catch a preview of the festivities this week, May 18th, 10am-9pm in The Roundhouse Exhibit at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Offering early glimpses of the discoveries to-be-made on the Art Walk, the day-long event highlights a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photography.

Mary Downe : “Bengal”
Silk and Natural Dyes

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary , special partnerships have been created to establish the West of Main Art Walk Legacy Scholarship Fund for Arts Umbrella and the Lord Byng Secondary School Arts Program. During the Art Walk weekend you can also take home some unique items of your own from the silent auction, with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund.  Scholarships will be presented to young and emerging artists from Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School as they continue to develop their skills in the visual arts. In addition to the silent auction, Artist In Our Midst will also support Arts Umbrella and Lord Byng Secondary School visual arts students by displaying their works during the Art Walk.

Roundhouse Exhibit runs May 18, 2017, 10am – 9pm at The Roundhouse Exhibit at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

The West of Main Art Walk presented by Artists in our Midst takes place May 27 & 28, 2017, 11am – 5pm from Point Grey to Main Street & from Granville Island to 41st Ave. in Vancouver. For route map and details visit

L A M P : lighting architecture movement project 2016

lampladiessquaredThe 4th Annual L A M P exhibition is coming November 4 – 6, 2016, bringing out of this world lighting designers and artists.

At the opening on Thursday November 3rd, at the Jan Kath Showroom at 505 Railway Street the 4th Annual L A M P exhibition presents the winning “Cosmic” themed lighting designs.  The finalists work in three categories; established, emerging and student, are displayed alongside Jan Kath’s stunning “Spacecrafted” series of works.  The first time in North America that this series will be presented in its entirety.

In addition to the finalists exhibition and the Jan Kath series, L A M P also features the Quantal Quilt by HFour, an experimental design studio. The Quantal Quilt is a geometric projection mapping artwork.

Saturday from Noon – 2pm L A M P hosts the annual Kids Workshop to get children interested and involved in design by working with Collage Collage for the kids to create their own lampshade inspired by the finalists.

lamplogosquareTickets for opening night on Thursday November 3rd and the Kids Workshop are available online.
L A M P opens to the public, by donation: Friday November 4th 9:30am – 9pm,  Saturday November 5th 1pm – 8pm, Sunday November 6th 11am – 4pm.


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.

IDS West 2014 gets the party started

Thursday night, International Design Show West (IDS West), the West Coast’s premier residential design showcase, packed the Vancouver Convention Centre for an opening night party to kick off its 10th year.

The Party On Opening Night, presented by Cosentino, brought out a huge crowd to be the first to see this year’s latest and greatest in residential design.  Furniture, fixtures, flooring, roofing, gardening and more are all on display from 250 exhibiting retailers, designers and manufacturers until September 28th.   Open to public as well as trade, the show also features a line up of guest speakers on the Living Space stage and GRAY conversation stage.  Celebrated designers Sarah Richardson and Kimberley Seldon headline with panels of some of North America’s best designers.

IDS West 2014 runs until September 28th at Vancouver Convention Centre West, open to the public from 4pm – 9pm Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Tickets $15 for single days, $25 weekend passes.

Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week – Ones To Watch

Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week 2013 kicks off in just one week’s time at the The Executive Hotel Le Soleil with sneak peak of this year’s designers for media and buyers.  Founder and Creative Director of Men’s Fashion Week, Jun Ramos, says “Our aim is to put a spotlight on established and emerging Canadian menswear designers and be the bridge for international designers to break into the Canadian market.”

This year Men’s Fashion Week is shining a spotlight on three emerging designers; Danielle Holyk, Courtney Billinkoff and Jessica Lim. Each of the designers have created men’s lines that feature activewear for the high tech world.  Cutting edge fabrics, clean lines, sleek finishes and pockets for all your electronics seems to be the trend amongst this year’s featured designers. All three lines will appeal to the young, urban, modern man who looks clothing tailors to suit his entire day, from work to play.

Danielle HolykHolyk’s “CNNCTD” line features stylishly, tailored outerwear and sleek cut trousers and shirts.  Constructed with premium cottons and wools the garments have Electromagnetic Radiation Shielding (EMR) fabric as a base layer to protect the body but allow gadgets to function.




Courtney BillinkoffBillinkoff’s “ardour” targets cyclists with garments meant to counter the highly branded, polyester cycling attire, with stylish, functional clothing. With cycling growing as a sport and mode of urban transportation, men new to the sport were looking for a clothing option that didn’t leave them feeling ‘on display’.





Jessica LimLim’s “Velocity” reflects her experience in technical design at Sugoi and costume design.  Another designer noticing a gap in a specific market, this time Kart Racing. The line combines fashion and technical elements with affordability to an under-served market bringing a stylish aesthetic and remembering the need for safety functional apparel.




Meet the designers the meet and greet on August 8th then watch the runway on August 10th at The Woodwards Atrium.
Tickets for all events are available now on Eventbrite.
For more details about Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week visit their website,, Twitter @menfashionweek

Shop the globe at espace d. in Yaletown

On the corner of Richards and Helmcken Streets in Yaletown, Vancouver lies what may seem at first passing to be an unassuming gift shop. Instead espace d. [pronounced es-pass day] is a shop filled with stylish and unique gifts and products from around the globe.
After moving to Vancouver French interior designer, Pierre Derreumaux, founded espace d. with the aim to fuel decor inspiration by pairing unique selections of high-end home products and original pieces from leading worldwide capitals.
Having travelled the world before settling in Vancouver Derreumaux has put his well-travelled eye for decor to create a boutique that is as he describes “a collection of cutting edge décor with an international flair”.
With pieces sourced from around the globe, each unique item and collection is accompanied by a small note detailing the artist or designer of the work, so the buyer knows the background of their find. Handblown glassware from Mexico, French accessories, textiles from Argentina, accent pillows from Toronto, dishes from Denmark and houseware from Milan all work together to create a United Nations of decor.
espace d. is destined to known for contemporary home accessories in Vancouver.

epace d. is located at 1108 Richards Street, Vancouver BC ph: 604.662.3008 online at twitter: @espacedonline  facebook: espacedonline