Vancouver Home Stager: The Quirky & Canadian at the IDS West Show 2012 Final
This year's Interior Design Show West (IDS West) Vancouver was truly a stellar exhibit. As a Vancouver Home Stager, it's extremely important to keep up with the trends and happenings in the design world. I was truly inspired, and plan on incorporating what I saw at the show into some of my staging designs. Here are more highlights of the show.
THE QUIRKY AND UNUSUAL
Like Dorothy going down the rabbit hole, I really enjoyed checking out some quirky, bizarre and unusual exhibits. I loved this giant, over-sized chair, provided by local furniture manufacturer, Van Gogh. And what a photo op!
It was seriously difficult to walk past the Luminosa exhibit without rubbernecking. Luminosa screamed "look at me" and rightly so. Every time I passed by, I had to smile. Ok, so I wouldn't do a home stage in these colours, but I certainly know about their boutique lighting showroom now, which is located in the Armoury District!
Design House had a great display of its sister store, Marimikko, also located in Vancouver on Hamilton Street. Marimikko is a Finnish clothing and textile design company. I love the playful cushions and artwork and the 1970's vibe. I can imagine this in a downtown Gastown loft.
As a former Air Canada Flight Attendant, I had a huge soft spot for Nicole Tarasick's silk screened cushions and artwork, especially the YVR cushions, the airline code for Vancouver. Nicole is a Graphic Designer and Screen Printer, who hales from Toronto. I'm now the proud owner of the Canada Map cushion, and will be proudly staging with this as soon as I get the opportunity.
One can never have enough Canadian inspired cushions, so I was also drawn to a local Vancouver design company, Identity Apparel. These cushions have very Canadian graphics, such as Canada Geese, Antlers, Moose, and Bay Blanket motifs to name a few. Many of the cushions are made from recycled wool army blankets! A perfect rustic modern aesthetic.
Here's an up close look at these very "Upper Canada" cushions.
Last but not least, I really enjoyed looking at the historical and found objects by The Found and the Freed, a local design studio and pop up shop, located on Powell Street, which carries one of a kind, vintage, 20th century and industrial antiques and artifacts.
I hope you've enjoyed the final chapter in this year's Interior Design Show West, Vancouver 2012 Series.
Here are the other posts in this series if you missed them: