2014 Gift Guide | No. 2

Edward Wohl Breadboards

Each board is crafted by joining sections from a single piece of specially selected, figured bird’s-eye maple, so the wood tone and figuring are consistent throughout. Each is precision-shaped and beveled for graceful shape and balance. Individually hand-sanded and finished to a sensual silkiness, each board is an art object designed to add aesthetic and utilitarian pleasure to your daily life. Some owners display their cutting boards as art and hesitate to use them. However, they are designed to provide many years of service and satisfaction; minimal care will preserve their appearance.

From $30
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Wallace#Sewell scarves and throws

Patterns, textures and colours that you will not find under any other brand. Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell work closely with a mill in Lancashire and a finishers in Huddersfield who draw water from their own borehole in pursuit of the softest and purest water, perfect for textile finishing.

From $81
Limited quantities available in-store.

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2014 Gift Guide | No. 1

My New Flame by Moritz Waldemeyer and Ingo Maurer

Ingo’s romantic and tech-loving sides are brought together in this lamp. Based on video of an actual flame, the LEDs render a flickering candle flame in a realistic and captivating way. Rechargable via USB port.

$588

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Concrete Vessels by Steven Pollock for Woodstone Designs

Beautiful concrete tabletop or centrepiece vessels, locally made in Vancouver. Steven Pollock gives this common industrial material elegance through refined and minimalistic shapes.

From $120

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Benny the Weaver

Last week, Carl Hansen & Søn paid us a visit and brought Benny Larson, their Master Weaver. Benny worked tirelessly all day in our front window, weaving Wishbone chair seats, one after another. His focus, speed and accuracy was astonishing.

Thank you Benny, and everyone at Carl Hansen & Søn, for showing our clients and passersby what passionate craftsmanship truly means.

Guest Post: Designer Insights with Nancy Bendtsen by Terrys Blinds

Nancy Bendtsen is part of the design & project management team at Inform Interiors, based in Vancouver, Canada. Nancy was introduced to design at an early age by her mother, this sparked a lifelong passion. She went on to attend the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts as well the University of Toronto. Then along with Niels Bendtsen owner of Inform Interiors, she helped to shape the growth and direction of the company. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Nancy Bendtsen.

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Holiday Gift Guide

With a large collection of the worlds best accessories are stocked and ready to go, we are sure you will find exactly what you’ve been searching for.

A few of our favourites detailed below and available in store:

 

 

For the philanthropist with everything – Little Sun by Olufar Eliasson

These playful solar powered LED lamps shine light upon a larger social issue. Over 1 billion people worldwide have sporadic or no access to electricity, making light after sunset based on fuel both costly and dangerous. Each purchase made goes towards providing people access to cheap renewable light for study, work, socializing and cooking.

 

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For the (inner) children – Vitra Eames Elephants and Girard Dolls

It’s never early enough to get interested in design.

The gentle majesty of elephants was well photographed by the Eames duo and based on earlier plywood prototypes these polypropylene versions are child friendly and colourful.
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Alexander Girard originally created these graphic wood dolls for his own Santa Fe home. Many people start their collection of Girard dolls with a single piece but it never seems to end there. With twenty two designs, each with their own personality, it’s no wonder they rarely stand alone.
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Nancy Bendtsen | The collector.

This article was originally published in Montecristo Magazine, Winter 2013 Issue.

Slender, elegant Nancy Bendtsen is ever-attentive to any client’s presence in her Inform Interiors retail space. There are two such spaces, actually, virtually across from each other on Water Street in Vancouver’s Gastown. What she doesn’t know about the items in the store, from furniture to lighting, tableware to carpets, is not worth the knowing. And she is always happy to discuss things with a curious couple or clients who are virtually certain they know what they need, but have a few little questions before purchase. Today, Bendtsen is upstairs, among some individual pieces of furniture, mainly chairs, that form the backbone of what has, over the years, come to be her personal, and amazing, collection.

It did not start out as a conscious effort to build a collection of this aesthetic and historical scope. “Oh, no, I didn’t think of it that way at all,” she says. “We were offered a piece, called the Henna Stool, by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini. I loved it so much, but we did not take that opportunity, and to this day we still don’t have one. After that eye-opener, I looked at a couple of pieces that had not sold, and decided to keep them.” She pauses, looks around the retail space, all clean lines with a lovely open feel, even though it is full of beautiful things. “As we saw the ad hoc collection grow, we realized early on the importance to Vancouver to have such pieces of design available for people to see. When we had the opportunity of acquiring special pieces which were offered to us, we understood the importance of keeping them in Vancouver. Vancouver has been our home, and we hope that this collection will grow into a museum of design in the future. But for now, we are happy to show some of the pieces at the Inform Interiors store.” She pauses again, and quietly adds, with a smile, “We are running a store, a business, after all. That has to be part of the program.”

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Visiting Fritz Hansen HQ

On their way home from imm cologne this year, Niels and Nancy stopped by the Fritz Hansen headquarters in Allerød, Denmark – approximately 40 minutes north of Copenhagen. Receiving a warm welcome from Jacob Holm, CEO of Fritz Hansen, they toured the offices and museum taking in the vast amount of historical pieces. Fritz Hansen was one of the first brands that Niels distributed when he opened his first retail store nearly 50 years ago.

They ate lunch, connected with Hans Mannerhagen and left reassured as to why Fritz Hansen has achieved legendary status and will continue to develop as an industry leader.

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Holiday Staff Wishlist

As designophiles, working at Inform is always exciting. Constantly surrounded by beautiful objects of supreme quality. It’s tough to pick our favourites out of the lot but, below, we’ve done our best. Throughout December, we will be posting featured objects daily to our social feeds and weekly to the Inform blog. All of the items are in stock (when I write this) and are being displayed in the front window of our 50 Water Street showroom.

As always, please feel free to send us an email if you’d like more info on any particular piece(s).

PP Mobler – Flaghalyard Chair


‘FANTASTIC. Period. There really isn’t anything in modern design better than this. This is every design lovers dream come true.’

– Kyle

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Tal – Gudari Bedcover

‘I love these handmade quilts because they add warmth and they have a real homey feel. But most importantly, they remind me of my Iola, my grandmother, who taught me to sew.’

– Erica

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Edward Wohl – Maple Cutting Boards

‘Who would not want to cook with these? Solid maple and hand carved by artisans. Their smooth tactile quality and large size inspires me to get in the kitchen and slice, dice, chop, and create.’

– Michael Y

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‎Dyson – Bladeless Pedestal Fan

‘I love the innovation of this fan; that it keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold. You just have to choose the temperature.’

– Tim

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FLOS – Glo Ball Floor Lamp

‘This, designed by Jasper Morrison, has such a big presence in the interior space without being loud. The beauty of the glass shade creates the perfect ambiance, while producing no distracting glare, floats atop a simple stand. Simplicity.’

– Robyn

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La Palma – Lem Stool Black Chrome/Mud Leather

‘This is one of my favourite barstools not because of it’s classic look, but because of the sharp black chrome finish. It reminds me of car rims. The kind you would put on your Mercedes or BMW and the mud coloured seat pairs perfectly with it. Best of all, it spins!’

– Jon

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Wallace Sewell – Blankets

‘Wallace # Sewell is a UK based textile design studio with a unique signature style distinguished by the use of natural textiles, combined with confident but understated colour palettes. Their innovative design approach combines the use of traditional weaving techniques with a unique understanding yarn properties, manifested in a varied collection of must-have blankets, scarves and accessories.’

– Sherry

 

Venini – Bolle Vases

‘I have some of Tapio Wirkkala’s vintage Iittala pieces at home; I love his work. These Venini vases remind me of vessels that would be found at the bottom of the sea, sunken after a shipwreck. The colour combinations are beautiful and unexpected.’

– Thea

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Niels Bendtsen for Azure People’s Choice award

We’re excited to share with you that the Bensen Park chair has been selected as a finalist in the “Design: Furniture” category of this years Azure magazine AZ design award!

We encourage you to share this information with your friends and colleagues by posting this link to your social media:

www.bit.ly/AZawards

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Holiday Wish List

This year, we have decided to individually select our ideal gifts from our current stock and to share as to why we love these pieces.
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Flo
by Marcello Ziliani for Magis | Selected by Rupert

$532.00

I love it because it is the perfect domestic ladder. It folds perfectly flat and compact for storage.  When open it has a very handsome secure look and feeling about it. It also has a very unique handle to hold and steady yourself when you are reaching for a high cupboard. This is a great feature for older people or anyone who has a glass of wine while preparing dinner and needs that special serving dish from a top cupboard for instance…? I just can’t decide between which colour I like more either the orange or the anthracite.

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iPhone Pouch
by Isaac Reina | Selected by Thea

$189.00

Understated and elegant this Parisian based leather maker creates bags and small leather goods of impeccable quality. He has worked for acclaimed fashion houses such as Hermes, Antonio Miro and collaborated with Martin Margiella. All of the pieces are handcrafted in Paris.

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