Evoke’s Park Life bar, Philippe Malouin’s Swing set, Jeff Martin’s joinery and much more. Here’s what we’ll be checking out at IDSWest in Vancouver, as it showcases the best West Coast contemporary design from Canada and the U.S. from September 25 to 27.
1 Trade Talk by Enrico Fratesi
The Italian architect Enrico Fratesi, one half of the Copenhagen design studio GamFratesi (with Stine Gam), is an honorary guest this year, invited to present the firm’s work and processes during Miele Trade Day on Friday, September 25th, 10am. One of the studio’s most recognizable pieces, the daybed Traveller for Porro, will be on display in conjunction with Livingspace. (More great talks to check out here.)
2 Eric Trine at the LA Exchange
Eric Trine’s playful works vary from small scale projects, like these planters, to commercial design, furniture, sculpture, and decorative objects for the home. Trine is one of six designers participating in the second annual Design Milk-sponsored LA Exchange portion of IDSWest, showcasing a new breed of California talent at the top of their game.
3 Park Life bar by Evoke
Evoke International Design is spearheading the design for the main social hub on the show floor with a bar named Park Life. The pop-up installation is also the location for the West Coast launch of Alfi, a stool designed for Emeco by British designer Jasper Morrison. The line is carried by Inform Interiors, the city’s premier furniture showroom.
4 Swing by Philippe Malouin
When the Israel-based company Caesarstone invited Philippe Malouin to use its composite surfacing material in a whole new way, the London designer came up with the novel idea of an interactive 12-seat swing-set in the round with seats made of the quartz surfacing. Swing will be mounted at the show, and Malouin will deliver a talk, on Friday at 3pm, about his novel use of materials in products such as a table lamp in the shape of a brick (for Umbra Shift) and dinner plates made from granules of sand (for 1882 Ltd. of the U.K.).
5 City Fabric at Burrard Street Bridge
While not directly connected to IDSWest, City Fabric is an impressively eye-catching installation mounted underneath the steel trusses and concrete piers of Burrard Street Bridge, which crosses False Creek and connects downtown Vancouver to the trendy neighbourhood of Kitsilano. The temporary project, by local artist Rebecca Bayer and artist/architect Matthew Soules, is made of construction netting typically used to protect passersby from construction hazards. Spanning some 800 lineal feet in all, the netting criss-crosses between the bridge’s piers and will be up until September 30.
6 Rason Jens at New Frontier exhibit
The exhibit New Frontier is destined to be among the highlights of the show. Co-curated by Charlie Schuck and Jennifer Navva Milliken, the display shines a spotlight on 10 notable designers working and living in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, and who are challenging established practices. Among the participants is Rason Jens of Oregon, a designer of eclectic art-objects, decorative sculptures and furniture. Ace Hotel, OLO, Nationale and Nike are among his clients.
7 Joinery by Jeff Martin
Living close to nature has inspired a number of exceptional artisans in the B.C. region, especially those working with felled timber. One of the brightest talents is Jeff Martin, whose studio is located in a 600-square-metre shop in historic East Vancouver. Known for masterfully accenting all-natural wood with brass detailing and joinery, Martin has recently introduced colour to the collection. Joinery will be among the 250 exhibitor booths at IDSWest.
8 Rugs by Jan Kath
The German designer travels the globe to develop themes and textures for his carpets, which are hand-knotted in Nepal. He now has showrooms across the globe including one in Vancouver (505 Railway Street). At IDSWest, Kath will showcase his latest collections, including Angles, an abstract pattern of folds, shadows and geometric shapes in various subtle and bold tones.