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First things first. IDS Vancouver 2019 takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from September 26 to 29. And it’s the place to absorb all the best in contemporary West Coast product and interior design. For a taste of what the show and its offsite circuit look and feel like, check out our favourite moments from last year, and stay tuned in the coming weeks for product previews of 2019’s extravaganza. For now, we present five exciting talks, four of which take place on Azure Trade Day. Get your educational credits at these sure-to-be brilliant conversations.

The Breakfast Talk – Design High: The Creative’s Role in New (and Regulated) Sectors
Berkeley Poole
Emil Teleki

The recent legalization of cannabis in Canada has unleashed a whole gamut of business opportunities – especially for designers! Creatives now have an entirely new realm where they can introduce a fresh, modern, sophisticated perspective. Sure, this is a tightly regulated sector, but that doesn’t mean that ingenuity must suffer.

This talk will uncover how to utilize design as a tool to tell a brand’s story in highly governed environments. Moderated by Elizabeth Pagliacolo, AZURE Executive Editor, the panel discussion features Berkeley Poole, VP and Creative Director of cannabis trailblazer Tokyo Smoke, and interior designer Emil Teleki, Principal of celebrated I-V Studio, which has created sleek spaces for cannabis and alcohol brands and recently designed a Las Vegas casino. They’ll take it back to the basics and discuss how to integrate the five senses into a brand’s brick and mortar and product offerings in order to effectively connect with consumers while adhering to rules and regs. (This talk takes place upstairs in a banquet room; all other talks are on the Caesarstone stage.)

When: AZURE Trade Day – Friday, September 27 at 8:00am; this talk is ticketed: $40 by September 1 | $50 Regular

Ted Vadakan & Angie Myung

Presented by the LA Design Festival, this talk delves deep with the husband-and-wife co-founders of vibrant Los Angeles creative studio Poketo, which has worked with clients like Nike, MTV, Disney, Nordstrom, MOCA and the Guggenheim – and some 200 international artists. The duo has just released its first book, Creative Spaces, featuring 23 designers and makers in their own studios and homes, including Vancouver’s own Lukas Peet, Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen of Molo, and Adele Tetangco.

When: AZURE Trade Day – Friday, September 27 at 11:30am

Emily Forgot

While she is best known for her architectural assemblages – a series of painted-wood portraits of modern building shapes – the work of London, UK, designer Emily Forgot encompasses illustration, furniture design and interior spaces. She has created some of the liveliest window spaces and exhibition designs in the world and has brought her inimitable aesthetic to collaborations with a diverse roster, including the V&A, the Mondrian hotel, Selfridges and Herman Miller.

When: AZURE Trade Day – Friday, September 27 at 1:30pm

Marije Vogelzang
Marije Vogelzang, IDS Vancouver 2019

Dutch dynamo Marije Vogelzang designs the act of eating – and takes inspiration from the origins, preparation and socio-political history of food. Her work can be provocative (“Eat Shit” was the name of her 2015 Milan Design Week exhibition that explored the stinkier parts of digestion) and downright emotional. One of her most celebrated pieces is Eat Love Budapest, wherein Roma women fed visitors through holes in white curtains while telling their life stories. Her IDS Vancouver 2019 talk is a must-experience, as is her SEEDS installation for Caesarstone, which invites show-goers to follow the symbolic journey of a seed returning to the earth inside a forest of ribbons that heightens the sensory experience. Here’s how it unfolded at IDS Toronto earlier this year.

When: AZURE Trade Day – Friday, September 27 at 3:30pm

Design, Bitches
Design, Bitches. IDS Vancouver 2019

They just took a DNA test and it turns out they’re 100%… a fantastic interiors and architecture firm. Design, Bitches was established in Los Angeles by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, both native Californians, in 2010. Espousing an irreverent vision, they have put their vibrant imprint on everything from commercial brand identities to innovative residential and educational projects. Among their projects is the 9 Dots tutor centre for STEM studies, shown above.

When: Saturday, September 28 at 1:00pm

5 Must-Attend Talks at IDS Vancouver 2019

Taking place next month, IDS Vancouver is the West Coast’s biggest design event. It’s also where you can get a re-energizing shot of wisdom from the likes of Poketo, Emily Forgot and Berkeley Poole.

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