Maintenance = Forever

 
At Inform Interiors, we believe that the objects one invests in should be well designed and crafted to last for generations. These are objects that as time goes on are well-loved and well worn. To ensure that these special pieces endure the test of time regular maintenance is a must.
As always our team of design specialist are here to answer any questions regarding the care of specific materials and the sourcing replacement parts. Additionally, we have compiled a selection of videos to help guide you in ensuring your favourite pieces will become the heirlooms of tomorrow.

Oil Treated Wood

Black Oiled Timber

Soap Treated Wood

Repairing Wicker

 

Further care and maintenance tips from some of our favourite brands:

Furniture:
Arco | Wood, Laminate, Solid Surface, Concrete, Metal, Natural Stone, Textile, Leather
Artifort | Leather, Upholstery, Finishes, Metal, Cristalplant
• Bensen | Solid Wood, Veneer, Metal + Glass, Foam + Cushions, Fabrics, Leather
BuzziSpace | Felt, Upholstery, Leather, Wood, Laminate, Linoleum,  Ceramics, Metal
• Carl Hansen & Son | Wood Soap + Oil, Laquer, Glass, Laminate, Paper Cord, Leather, Metal
• De la Espada | Timber, Fabric, Fibreglass, Metal, Cork, Glass, Laminate, Rattan, Stone
De Sede | Leather
Emeco | Metal, Wood, Upholstery, Polypropylene, Product Specific
Erik Jøergensen | Leather, Laminate, Linoleum, Textile, Marble, Wood
• Fredericia | Soaped Wood, Lacquer & Paint, Oiled Wood, Leather, Limestone & Marble
• Fritz Hansen | Leather & Upholstery, Wood, Stone, Glass, Plastic, Linoleum,  Wicker, Metal
• Gerbruder Thonet Vienna | Wood, Woven Cane, Upholstery, Leather, Metal, Glass, Marble, Plastic
• Hästens | Mattresses
Herman Miller | Finishes, Leather, Textile, Veneer, Wool, Product Specific
J.L. Møller | Wood
• Knoll | Wood, Metal, Plastics, Textiles, Marble, Stone, Glass
Maruni | Wood, Upholstery, Leather
Montis | Leather, Upholstery
Muuto | Metal, Wood, Textile, Laminate, Leather, Linoleum
• Vitra | Wood, Leather, Vinyl, Metal, Textiles
Woodnotes | Rugs, Upholstery, Leather

Lighting:
Apparatus | Brass, Glass, Leather, Porcelain
Lindsey Adelman | Light Shades, Glass, Porcelain, Metal, Rope

Accessories:
Alicia Adams | Alpaca
E.R. Butler | Metal: Living Finishes
• Iittala | Glass, Porcelain, Stainless Steel, Enamelled Cast Iron, Wood, Ambient Light Items
Kinnasand | Wool Textile, Rugs, Curtains, Underlay
Longbarn | Rugs
NaniMarquina | Rugs
Skultuna | Brass

Outdoor: 
• Kettal | Teak + Balau Wood, Marble, Leather, Aluminum, Glass, Rope, Outdoor Textiles
Royal Botania | Teak, Metal, Stone, Upholstery, Glass, Laquer, Ceramic
Tuuci | Outdoor Umbrellas

Miscellaneous:
Asko | Appliance Cleaning
• WaterRower | Rowing Machine

 

Design & Architecture Inspiration: Films, Podcasts, Online Tours & Activities

Since we and everyone we know have had our regular work/life rhythms disrupted in recent weeks, we find that we are looking for new daily inspirations, so we have decided to compile a running list of things we come across online that we find interesting.

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Remembering Aalto

At the invitation of the Finnish design company Artek we recently left Vancouver behind and headed to Helsinki to experience the architecture and history of one of Artek’s founders — Alvar Aalto.

The visit began at the original 1935 Aalto House — the home and office designed by Alvar and his wife Aino. This is a humble and private structure that can easily be missed. Once inside, one can see that the main focal point of the home is its Southern facing side which opens itself up to the sunlight, a key theme in Aalto’s work.
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Natafelen — Table-ing

This season at Inform Interiors we have been taking time to consider community. What is community? Where does one find it? How are the spaces and objects around us designed to facilitate or encourage community?

We have taken inspiration from the Dutch concept of Natafelen — literally meaning, after table-ing — the act of lingering at the table after a finished meal to continue talking, drinking and enjoying the atmosphere and company.

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Japan Handmade

In mid-June of this year, we were honoured to welcome four Master Craftsmen from Kyoto, Japan. Each has honed their craft in very different disciplines. Intimate, hands-on workshops showcasing each craft were offered to lucky participants who gained insight into the intricacies, as well as, the greater principles centred around craft in Japan.
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Gair Williamson: Inspiration and Aspiration

On March 15th we welcomed Architect Gair Williamson into our showroom.

His firm was founded in 2003 and, over the past 15 years, has become one of the most prolific practices in the historic precincts, focusing on adaptive reuse and new infill construction. The practice began with the lofty intention to unite the often opposing interests of the community and developer and the conflicting priorities of the art of architecture and the economics of the marketplace.

It pursues the retention of cultural memory through a clear distinction between the existing urban fabric and their contemporary interventions.

In this talk Gair illustrated the buildings, paintings and writings that have inspired the work of the office and the aspirations of the firm’s completed works.

Ettore Sottsass

 

Born on September 14th, 1917 in Innsbruck, Austria and died on New Year’s eve 2007 in Milan. His father who shared his name and profession moved to Turin so that his junior could study Architecture at Politecnico di Torino. The elder Ettore was a traditionalist, his son wanted to be everything that he was not, drawn to bold shapes and colours, often bending and breaking the rules of Architecture and Design. After graduation, Ettore was drafted into the Italian military to fight in the Balkan Campaign, was captured and held in a POW camp in Yugoslavia.

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Kaikado

We were honoured to host master craftsman Taka from the legendary Japanese manufacturer Kaikado.

Kaikado was established in 1875, shortly after Japan opened its doors to the rest of the world. With welcoming outside civilizations came the import of tinplate from England. Tin was used for the plating of steel, and was considered a fashionable foreign-made item at that time.

In the Edo era, canisters made from tin became commonplace means of storage for tea, as were jars made from china or earthenware. It was the company’s founder, Kiyosuke, who first designed the tin tea caddy and made it into a commercially available item, the very same caddies that they still make today.

The following day after Taka’s talk, he held a workshop with a lucky few in the craft of fabricating one of their small plates.

Arigato Taka-san!