What’s On: Vancouver’s IDS West

Tom Dixon's Jack light and Offcut fluoro stool
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Jeremy Cole and Ross Lovegrove
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The west coast’s annual interior design show kicked off yesterday and serves up the greatest and grandest in residential design until October 2.

Spanning over three and a half days and showcasing more than 200 exhibitors, this year’s promises to pull out all the stops. Taking center stage tonight, Tom Dixon’s pop-up bar is decked out with his lights, tables and stools. Presented by Vancouver’s , the bar will exude a “dockside atmosphere,” a fitting ambiance given the city’s locale.

As expected, the show is a launching pad for a series of new products, including local design firm Mth’s BloomX coffee tables, made from salvaged western red cedar tree stumps and birch branches, and Wippowillow’s hand drawn and silkscreened eco-friendly textiles.

Among IDS West’s top hits are L41 and Studio North. L41, a tiny 20-square-feet factory-built home that’s delivered move-in ready, will be on display. Constructed by architect Michael Katz and designer Janet Corne, L41 is a case study in how a home can be affordable, sustainable and luxurious all at once. At Studio North, find emerging design firms, including Vancouver’s , who specialize in handmade stone, metal and wood tiles.

The highlight of this year’s show, however, is definitely the speaker line-up. On Friday afternoon, learn what lighting designer finds inspiring and how he tells stories through his work. That evening, the U.K.’s lighting maestro  takes to the stage and later on, Vancouver’s , famous for his Bocci lights, will discuss his design and srchitecture process. On Sunday, interior designer and fashion icon , founder of the iconic London fashion shop Biba, speaks about her interior projects, including a luxury resort in Jamaica.

Interior Design Show West runs until October 2.

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