Salone del Mobile 2011

iSaloni in Milan, the worlds biggest exposition for furniture, lighting and accessory manufacturers from around the globe. Every year, some of the Inform staff makes the journey overseas to get a first look at all of the new and upcoming products. Below is the first batch of photos from the fair.

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Jasper Morrison Shop


Niels at the front entrance of Morrison’s shop

Nancy and Niels visited a tiny store opened by British designer Jasper Morrison on their recent trip to London. The store is very tucked away, only a few visitors a day, ¬†and is actually housed in an unused area of Morrison’s studio. The design of the shop is simple, wooden shelves are stocked with Morrison’s own designs and those of his peers such as designers Sori Yanagi and Naoto Fukasawa.


There is currently a really lovely display of items for the Super Normal book by Fukasawa and Morrison (pictured above left). The book is a compilation of 204 everyday objects in search of ‘super normal design’.

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Wonderful World of VITRA

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Many companies we work with represent more than just the furniture they create. Vitra has been producing classics since 1957 but along the way the brand has engaged in many projects to raise global design awareness.

The Vitra compound contains not only factories, but galleries, conference rooms and research facilities all designed by world reknowned architects. Even their fire station is designed by Zaha Hadid.

View more about the Vitra Campus here.

Above a beautiful display of Jasper Morrison’s Place sofa. Some would say that Vitra often uses daring color schemes, but I would only consider it daring for those who do not know exactly what they are doing.

Met Home

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Sometime ago, I visited our neighbours at Met Home and Mary was kind enough to let me snap some pictures of her great classics.

Visit them at:
217 W Hastings St.
(604)-618-2313
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Every time I go and visit her showroom I am reminded of why I love furniture so much. These pieces come from all over and are generally those of their era. The store is always changing with new goods but one of my favourite pieces that turned up was a pair of Kids Molar chairs by American Wendell Castle.

With proper love and care you can see how well great quality furniture holds up. Most of the pieces in the following pictures are still in production today and available in our store.

-Kaito

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Left: The Eames chaise designed by Charles & Ray for their director friend Billy Wilder (this particular piece is one of the first one hundred produced by Vitra with a deep purple base)
Right: A blue velvet Eames Aluminum group lounge chair. With the original four spoke base (later  switched to a five spoke for safety)

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