Last month, Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) took place during the inaugural Vancouver Design Week, which brought the design community together under one roof. Similar to IDS in Toronto, this design fair showcased the diverse talents of local designers as well as those from cities from all over the world like Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, New York, and many more.
Now in its 10th year, IDSwest brought exhibitors, designers, design enthusiasts, and the general public together to share and indulge in all things interior design related. It is at IDSwest where one can explore the latest trends, ideas, and new products for the home. With just over 250 exhibits in the Vancouver Convention Centre to explore, it was hard to not be overwhelmed as we entered the exhibition hall.
The Party on Opening Night presented by Cosentino sparkled with excitement as it kicked off with the North American debut of the Bottega Prosecco VIP Lounge, a concept preview of a flagship Bottega Prosecco bar set to open in Vancouver in the near future.
“We’re excited to attend IDSwest, an event considered extremely important in the worldwide design business; Canada is a niche and trendy market, where only the best designers and companies can perform successfully,” says Sandro Bottega, president of Bottega. “We hope the VIP Lounge and future bar will convey our love for wine, nature, and style.”
With Vancouver notoriously being known as a city with expensive real estate, you can bet that most homeowners are focused on beautifying their homes to sell, or to make them more comfortable to live in. Having celebrity HGTV designers like Sarah Richardson sharing design and renovations ideas on the Livingspace Design Stage certainly helped to make a home renovation project less daunting. There were also breakout sessions led by other designers for those constrained on time or budget, or for those trying to repurpose old items.
Whether you were there for home renovation inspiration, or simply accompanying your friend or significant other, there was something for everyone, from wooden bow ties, to original prints, accessories, and more.
We were awestruck by the Goliath Dining Table from Resource Furniture, which transformed from a tiny hallway table into a grand dining table that could seat as many as 10-12 guests. Impressive!
We also checked out the Monogram Dinner by Design table sets, which seem to get more impressive with each passing year.
If you missed this year’s show, rest assured that they will return next year on September 24-27, 2015. For those thinking about sprucing up their living spaces, you can count on this premiere design show to give you some inspiration, or even connect you with a designer.
Check out the IDSwest website for more information.