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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Heirlooms tell our stories.
Here we share ours.
The holidays are a time to invest in objects that will become our future heirlooms and to push against ‘throw-away-ism’. This holiday season give the gift of stories and memories, give heirlooms.
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It was our privilege to have Ruth Jones, a master textile artist, design an elaborate window installation for our 50 Water St. showroom in conjunction with the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium held in Vancouver. When you meet Ruth and see the dedication and passion that she has for her work, you gain a new appreciation for the art and craft behind textiles.
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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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On October 4th, we hosted the West Coast Modern League, to celebrate the creative contributions of Bruno Freschi, Don Vaughan, Paul Merrick, Peter Cardew, Richard Henriquez, and their pivotal roles in the shaping and evolution of the west coast design ethos.
This was the second instalment of the Masters of West Coast Modernism, this series aims to reflect on the creative contributions to our built environment of West Coast Modern Masters, and to offer insight into influences of personal and continued significance to their careers, design philosophies, and creative processes.
It is the time of the year when Vancouverites celebrate all things design. With IDS Vancouver — now in its thirteenth year — comes a wide range of on-site and off-site events, as well as, independent design-focused events throughout the city. Here are our top picks of those to check out.
L A M P
This year, L A M P’s Exhibition Awards Gala will kick off the Offsite Programming
for IDS Vancouver. L A M P (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) attracts the Pacific Northwest’s top product designers, architects, business entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts to its unique event that celebrates the best in emerging, contemporary lighting design. Purchase your tickets here.
September 18 | 7pm-11pm | Inform Contract: 405 Railway Street
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The saying goes, “we taste first with our eyes”, meaning we find certain colours and textures of food delicious even before actually taste them. Not only are colourful fruits and vegetables appetizing and pretty to look at, but they are full of the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and energetic, hence the other saying, “a colourful plate is a healthy plate”.
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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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Strolling past our Gastown showrooms you will notice our summer window displays are an homage to our inspiration for this season — the artist David Hockney. With Los Angeles as one of his primary muses, Hockney pulls from the Californian palette of bright yellows, greens, blues and pinks. Evoking lush lawns, summer heat and shimmering swimming pools, his fearless use of colour is refreshing and thrilling.
“…If the water surface is almost still and there is a strong sun, then dancing lines with the colours of the spectrum appear everywhere…” — David Hockney
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