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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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!

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Unique Lives & Experiences | Featuring Bensen Furniture | cont.

We were invited to, not only enjoy a wonderful evening exploring the intriguing past of Canada’s 27th Governor General, but to create a suitable stage for her to speak on.

This was no easy task – Honourable Michaëlle Jean fled from torture in Haiti with her family as a child and began her career co-founding a network of shelters, across Canada, to help women and their children escape voilent situations. She went on to achieve what most could only dream of and, in 2009, started the Michaëlle Jean Foundation promoting youth and the arts in an effort for social change and awareness. Who better to advocate “that we should never bow down in the face of a challenge.”. Many went home inspired and feeling a little stronger that night.

In light of Jean’s unfaltering care for a healthy home, we created a simple “domestic / home” arrangement, the majority of the pieces displayed were designed and/or manufactured in Canada.

Bensen Edward sofa behind Montis Turner chairs

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Unique Lives & Experiences | Featuring Bensen Furniture

Tuesday February 7th, Honourable Michaelle Jean speaks of her life and career working as a journalist and broadcaster for the CBC and Radio-Canada and later, as the Governor General of Canada. Inform is proud to be providing the on-stage furnishings for this and several other Unique Lives & Experiences events. Many of the pieces were designed and are manufactured in Vancouver by Bensen. Bensen was established 21 years ago and since it’s inception, has been owned and operated by Niels Bendtsen, a highly regarded designer from Denmark who now calls Vancouver home.

Several of the pieces on-stage (left to right): Torii, Everest, Radius, and Homework

With a strong focus on creating high-quality furniture and maintaining most of it’s production in-house, Bensen continues to grow and offer end-users optimal quality at affordable prices.

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IDSwest 2010

Last Wednesday through Sunday, at the new Vancouver Convention Centre, there was a thrill for the senses. The talented and very organized folks behind Interior Design Show West provided the interior design industry of the West Coast and beyond a chance to show off their latest and greatest. There were countless exhibits, insightful speakers and brilliant designs from well established and emerging creatives.

We exhibited some of what we have to offer in design excellence from around the world. Lines of fluorescent tape ran across our booth and over pieces that led to panels reading the names of those piece’s countries of origin.

Clockwise from top left: Bensen Format shelving prototype, Emeco 111 Navy chairs, Flos Superarchimoon lamp, Cappellini Proust chair, Zannota Sacco / Bocci 28 sercies / Bensen Brix / Vitra Vegetal chair and Flos Glo Balls / Shawn Place’s SP210

Some of the Inform team enjoying opening night with friends

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Designer Focus | Niels Bendtsen

“Quality is a funny concept. We tend to think of it as being associated with handcraft. But quality is also about your attitude toward design. Craftsmanship is just as much about how you run the machines that are now necessary for economic viability.”

– Niels Bendtsen


Owner of Inform Interiors and Bensen Manufacturing, Niels Bendtsen has been working with contemporary furniture all his life. In 1963, he opened his first retail store in West Vancouver, Danet Interiors, focusing on well-designed and well-crafted Danish modern furniture. He designed the Ribbon chair, which was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York._

This past weekend, contemporary furniture took New York by storm with the help of  ICFF and Bensen was there to be apart of it all. Above, left to right, U Trek, About Face, Index, and Canyon sectional. Click here to visit Bensen’s website. Click here to see Bensen products on

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Live Small? Live Smart!

My recent visit to Japan has reminded me of how our ideas of living are constantly changing and that we often need to find smarter and more efficient ways of planning our homes.

In this post I will highlight a few tips on how the right furniture choices can maximize a living space. Check back in the following weeks for a few more posts on the topic.

Simplified Living Room Seating

The ultra minimal SLEEPER Sofa by Bensen offers the maximum seating area by removing arms while retaining a high level of comfort. The simple mechanism allows the sofa to turn instantly into a daybed for a quick nap or to accommodate  sudden guests. The lack of a large internal bed system keeps the sofa light on its feet.

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Flashback – SheOne and Inform Interiors (via

I was browsing the internet the other day for some images for a project we are working on at the store and came across a post on

This project was brought together by a former Inform Interiors employee. The artist SheOne painted his work onto the Plate table by Bensen and Anna chairs by Crassevig. We displayed the works at Inform along with a few other pieces by the artist to great review.

I wonder where these are now? Update!!

These pieces are currently available at the AYDEN GALLERY in Vancouver.


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