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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2014 Vision Awards Gala


IESBC Emerging Professionals presents the 2014 Vision Awards Gala June 11, 2014

The BC Section’s prestigious annual Vision Awards Gala recognizes the outstanding lighting design projects entered in the 2014 Illumination Awards. The Vision Awards will be presented to the project judged to be the most outstanding in our section. Please join us for the annual social event celebrating our profession.

17:30 – 18:00 Registration & Cocktail Reception
18:00 – 19:00 Keynote Speaker & Awards
19:00 Social/Networking

Inform Contract
405 Railway St.
Vancouver  BC
V6A 1A7

June 11, 2014

Member (IDIBC, AIBC, & IES with Promo Code): $45
Non-Member (Early Bird Price until May 15th): $50
Non-Member (General Admission May 15th – 31st): $60
Non-Member (June 1st): $70

Register Online 

Only at Inform, One of a Kind Isaac Reina Pop-Up Shop

Isaac Reina it’s not about innovating at any cost, rather the abstract ideal of the perfect bag. Isaac Reina’s whole collection is carefully made by hand in his small Parisian atelier in the Marais district. If you appreciate originality, uniqueness, longevity, and overall exquisite quality, you must come down to Inform to see, touch and smell the quiet extravagance that can only be Reina.

Hopea | Scandinavian Designer Jewelry

This past May we welcomed Cosima of Hopea into our showroom for a popup shop. Cosima has a beautiful collection of exquisite and rare jewelry primarily from mid-century Scandinavia. If you missed the first trunk show, you’ll have a second chance to see these exquisit pieces first-hand. The Hopea collection returns to Inform for a second popup shop on November 29th to December 1st. Just in time to pick up very special Christmas gifts for the ones you love. Below, Cosima shares with us insight into the origin of a few of her pieces.


By the late 1950s, design had become a symbol of regional identity in the Nordic countries. Given that jewelry was seen as lagging behind other areas of design, revitalizing the craft became a national interest. Certain young designers, many in their twenties, had already established their own modern workshops and were more than poised to rise to the occasion. Below is a brief look at some of these pioneering designers; each from a different Nordic country. Each designer had their own unique aesthetic as they explored beyond the boundaries of jewelry making of the time.

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IDSwest 2012 Recap

September 27th to the 30th, Interior Design Show West held their 8th annual show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Many familiar faces as well as new ones were there to celebrate, share and discuss interior design on the west coast.

Short video showing a few highlights from the show.

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Coast Modern Film

From LA to Vancouver, a legacy of inspired living by the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture. The film will be shown at Vancity Theatre July 6 through 13. The will be Q&A periods during some of the nights.

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:

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Pre-iSaloni 2012 | Milan Musings

2012 will be my 6th year at the Milan iSaloni furniture fair. I am travelling with Niels Bendtsen who is at his 47th fair…

Milan design week is exhausting and energizing, foggy and sunny, trend-setting and too-trendy, long days, short nights.

A typical day starts with an early breakfast at the Hotel Cavour with fair maps and daytimer calendars plotting how we will be splitting up some meetings and getting together for others. A 15 minute walk through Giardini Pubblici to the Palestro Metro station is probably the only pause for air in the day before we board the already-jampacked train enroute to the fairgrounds.

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Nest | Homes on Burnaby Mountain

One of the wonderful things about working at Inform is the diversity within the staff and our clients. We
have the opportunity to use our skills in different aspects and to work on projects of all sizes and

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sharron Bortolotto from BBA Design. Together we
furnished the presentation centre for the Nest development at SFU.

Sharron’s vision to use “real” furniture, “classic” furniture and furniture that was accessible to everyone,
drew me to the project. All of the items used in the Mosaic Homes presentation centre are standard size
and can be purchased through Inform Interiors. There were no custom made beds or sofas’ trying to
make the suite appear larger than it really was.

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