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5 Highlights Interior Design Show West in Vancouver

It was decidedly more quiet and easier to move around and take pictures yesterday during the GE Café Trade Day at IDSWest than I’d experienced other years on general public days. In between attending Azure Trade Talks on the Para Design Stage, I checked out the booths, and came up with this list of 5 highlights at IDS West 2012.

One of a Kind District

It’s hard to miss this section of the Interior Design Show West.Located just to the right of the entrance, the One of a Kind District featured dozens of handmade products and the people who created them—sort of mashed together at rather small stations. I’ll be highlighting individual favourites over the coming weeks, but here’s a picture of the area as a whole:

IDSWest OOAK District

Future Masters

Vol. 3 of Future Masters was tucked away this year, but that didn’t stop crowds of trade/media members and design students from flooding the tented area to see what great designs were being presented.

IDS West 2012 Artsy Dartsy Future Masters

IDS West 2012 Artsy Dartsy Future Masters

Conrad Brown & Calen Knauf – Profile Chair

100 Mile House

Though the display wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and the lighting made it difficult to look at concept plans and information, I still found the 100 Mile House display to be interesting enough to make my list. While many of the winning designs seemed rather far-fetched and (in my opinion) not very practical for , I did like many of the ideas behind the grand prize winner’s design, which looks good (in theory).

IDS West 100 mile house

IDS West 100 mile house myco home

I did tell you about the bad lighting, didn’t I?

Design for Disaster 

Basically, this was all about designing interiors/ to minimize casualty in the event of a natural or manmade catastrophic .

design for disaster IDS West

design for disaster IDS West

Studio North

I liked a lot of what I saw in Studio North, but here are two of my favourites:

freeline studio

Freeline Studio

fine line creations

Fine Line Creations

Did you make it down to IDS West this year? What was your favourite part —or if you didn’t make it, what would be most appealing from my highlights list?

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