2016 January Sale | Staff Picks
In Store, Staff Picks | Published on January 15, 2016
Our January Sale is in full effect, many of our display models are significantly marked down, up to 70% off. Here are a few of our favourites but there are so many more – send us an email for a list of the included pieces or for more details on any of the pieces below.
Dragonfly Chaise by Roberto Lazzeroni for Flexform
The Dragonfly brings simplicity and comfortability together making an harmonious seating solution for any home.
Fly coffee table by Antonio Citterio for Flexform
Marble top and low-profile steel legs. Simple, beautiful, functional and built to last a lifetime.
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2015 Gift Guide No. 3
In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 17, 2015
Looking for a good time? We’ve got you covered with an array of watch styles. Georg Jensen’s Koppel, first produced in 1978. Distinguished and minimalist, fluent lines of the case and hands have become a classic and the overall aesthetic is one of uncluttered purity. Q&Q’s SmileSolar collection is colourful, fun; best of all, no winding or batteries required as it gains all of it’s power through sunlight. We also have the classic Casio designed watch with either dashes or numbers.
Songlines by Claudia Schulenberg
The base of these blankets are produced in an 80 year old mill on Prince Edward Island and then embroidered, by hand, in Vancouver. The name Songlines comes from the hand-dyed colour yarn stitched across the blankets which end in small tufts.
Made from 100% unbleached virgin wool, approximately 76 by 104″. Production is very limited, exclusive to Inform.
2015 Gift Guide No. 2 | For the Cooks
In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 11, 2015
John Pawson for Demeyere
A pan might seem like a very straightforward object to design, but the reality is that smallness of scale does not equate with lack of complexity. Pawson’s goal throughout the extended design development dialogue with Demeyere was a pan of the greatest possible formal simplicity, visually as comfortable on the table as over a flame, balanced in the hand and on the cooktop, with a good pouring lip. The detail of the handle’s profile and its junction with the body of the pan proved to be the defining challenge of the project.
Pure Black by HolmbäckNordentoft for Stelton
These knives are forged from one piece of stainless steel so that their handles morph seamlessly into their blades. The straightforward design and special coating make the knives easy to clean and provides a superb grip.
2015 Gift Guide No. 1
In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 8, 2015
Teddy by Note Design Studio for Menu
Menu has brought the production of design products to the Nepal community greatly in need of help. Many girls and young women are being lured into prostitution, sent out of the country and upon their return rejected by their families. The Menu project prevents this by giving the girls an opportunity to support themselves and their families. The girls earn a living wage utilizing their immaculate skills and the regions natural resources.
Kaikado Tea & Coffee Caddies
The precision inherent in the hand-made process of the tea caddies is unique to Kaikado. The double-walled construction guarantees excellent air tightness and will protect tea leaves from humidity whilst helping them to maintain their scent. In addition to being used for storing tea leaves, the caddies be used to hold a wide variety of foodstuffs. Availble exclusively at Inform.
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IES Award Preparation Workshop
Event | Published on October 22, 2015
Design Information, Inform News | Published on October 2, 2015
Over the past two years, we have noticed a bright community of young designers working throughout Europe (see previous post on London-based Jakub Zak). We are lucky enough to be showcasing some of their works here in our showroom…
The interdisciplinary pieces created by Berlin-based NEW TENDENCY are creative, new, and thoughtful. They are produced in Germany using regional handcraft techniques and designed by the in-house design team, or in collaboration with their designer/architect friends and colleagues.
Inform Presents Jakub Zak
Designer Focus, In Store | Published on September 14, 2015
Currently showcased in our front window is an installation designed by Jakub Zak featuring his selection of pieces chosen for their simplicity and reduction of form and material. Included in the display are Jakub’s Memoir coat rack for Dante Goods&Bads and the Kapital stool collection developed through OEUFFICE, a collaborative design laboratory that Jakub cofounded with fellow designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte. Inspiration for the window was derived from Eli Bornstein’s work which is currently on display at the Initial Gallery.
Lukas Peet’s Rudi light for Roll & Hill & Pots by Benjamin Hubert for Menu
Young Professionals Scholarship Fund
Event, Staff Picks | Published on September 1, 2015
Application Deadline: September 9, 2015
The IES Young Professionals Scholarship Fund supports the attendance of students and emerging professionals at the IES Annual Conference.
A minimum of four awards (one from each of the Society’s Regions) of $1,000 each will be granted each year to emerging professionals (individuals working in the lighting profession for five or fewer years) and students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or enrolled in a graduate program. All awardees must be a member of the IES.
The grant will offset some of the costs of travel and lodging; the conference fee will be waived.
Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who show evidence of a commitment to the lighting profession, leadership abilities, and potential for future involvement in the IES.
Click here for more information about qualifications and to apply.
ABOUT THE ILLUMINATING ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA
IES is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society in North America devoted to lighting. Since 1906, the IES has sought to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. A broad variety of programs, including publications, conferences and seminars, have been established to accomplish this mission. IES publishes and distributes the finest lighting literature authored by committees with the most experienced minds in industry and academia today. Visit the official IES website for more information.
Kitchens & Bath, Staff Picks | Published on August 28, 2015
As Kitchen designers, we not only love creating new kitchens but love creating within the kitchen too – a passion that transcends from our work into our everyday routine. The term “Heart of the home” greatly applies to us.
We decided that we’d share a simple, delicious recipe with you.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with pasta from a box but fresh pasta can elevate a simple dish into something special and memorable. It’s also dead easy and only takes a couple of minutes to whip up. Here’s our “Pasta Fresca per Inform”, serves four.
Knock-Offs, because “The client can’t afford the real thing”
Design Information, Guest Post, Other, Staff Picks | Published on July 28, 2015
Should Interior Designers specify a knock-off (furniture, lighting or any other item) because “The client can’t afford the real thing”
Take a minute to think about this: What was your most amazing project? The one that comes “Top of Mind” within a split second of me asking you that question. Ya, that one. That restaurant or bar, that amazing home, workspace or retail store. The one project that you are most proud of and is featured all over your web-site, your portfolio and your social media. It even got published in….
OK, now, imagine you’re relaxing one Sunday morning, coffee in hand, browsing your favourite design magazine and there it is. Yup, there’s a bar in__________ being featured that is exactly the same as the one that you designed for your client. The exact same floor plan, the same flooring, the paint, the seating, the tables, every single light fixture as far as the eye can see. It is an exact “replica” of what you created and it is already the most popular bar in all of__________. A raving success.
“Wow! How dare they! Those were my ideas. I spent weeks working on that concept. What kind of a person would do that?” Well sorry, but there is nothing you can do about it. It’s not like they broke the law or anything….They’re really sorry, but………….”The client couldn’t afford an Interior Designer….”