From product debuts and installations to invigorating talks – including an Azure panel – IDS Vancouver 2018 presents the best of west-coast design from September 20 to 23. Here are our top picks.
IDS Vancouver boasts many must-see features. Among its recurring hits, like Prototype and Studio North, the 2018 edition will also include an exhibition on new Finnish design, a Caesarstone collaboration with Snarkitecture and a series of brilliant talks. Plus, offsite, the show will celebrate the winners of the LAMP lighting design competition, to be announced at Inform Contract on September 18.
Here are five major happenings on the show floor that we look forward to.
It goes without saying that we’re truly invested in this talk. Featuring Jing Liu of SO-IL, Johanna Hurme of 5468796 architecture and Susan Scott of Scott and Scott Architects, this AZURE Talks panel takes place first thing in the morning – at 8:00am – to kick off the AZURE Trade Day Talks on Friday, September 21. The conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities for women in design, and the strategies that firms can implement to develop and support emerging female talent – through the lens of the unique careers being forged by our stellar panelists.
2 Michael Ford, The Hip Hop Architect
Exploring the intersection of hip-hop culture and architecture, Michael Ford is both helping to create affordable housing in the Bronx and inspiring the next generation to connect to design through music and cool new visioning tools like Autodesk Tinkercad in the youth camps he leads in underrepresented communities. As part of the AZURE Trade Day Talks on Friday, September 21, the architect will deliver what will undoubtedly be a stimulating talk on culture, architecture and how to get kids of every socio-economic background interested in their role in changing the world.
3 Snarkitecture’s Altered States
Just weeks after it wraps up its monumental show at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (catch it before it closes on September 3), Snarkitecture heads to IDS Vancouver to install its Altered States collaboration with Caesarstone. The quartz surfacing company each year invites a cutting-edge designer to make magic with its countertop material. Snarkitecture’s poetic islands riff on the notion of water in its many states. Snarkitecture’s Alex Mustonen will speak as part of the AZURE Trade Day Talks on September 21.
4 The Next Generation of Designers
IDS Vancouver is full of new talent and furniture debuts. Some of the designers we’re interested in checking out are Ali Alemzadeh, &Daughters, Another Human (whose shelving unit is pictured above), Ben Barber, Hinterland, and Matthew McCormick. Another Human’s Leah Ring has made waves recently with her Memphis-inflected, vibrantly hued furnishings, and Matthew McCormick has been taking the world by storm with his contemporary lighting designs.
5 Finnish Lines
What the Hel, the exhibition dedicated to Finnish design, navigates design’s cultural and political power through new works by a range of home-grown talents. We’ll have our eyes set on Himmee, Tuula Pöyhönen and their compatriots for the next wave of Finnish fare.