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  • Happy Birthday Florence Knoll
    Designer Focus, Staff Picks | Published on May 23, 2017

     

    Florence Marguerite Knoll Bassett née Schust was born May 24, 1917 in Saginaw, Michigan. Florence studied Architecture under Eliel Saarinen at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1934. In 1936, she started to explore furniture making with Eliel’s son Eero and the now legendary Charles Eames.

     


    Florence discussing the now infamous Tulip base with Eero Saarinen

     

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  • IESBC Events
    Design Information, Event | Published on May 16, 2017

    Light and Health Workshop

    May 25th, 7:30 am-1:00pm

    Register here

     

    3 LEU through NCQLP, 3 LU through AIA

    PRESENTATION OVERVIEW

    Exposure to light – both daylight and electric light – can impact human health.

     

    These impacts are many and varied: eyestrain can result from poor lighting where it is difficult to make out the necessary details; light plays a key role in governing the circadian system, an internal clock that keeps the body synchronised through the day; and certain wavelengths of light falling on the skin can produce either beneficial vitamin D or cause tissue damage.

    Lighting research has moved beyond just determining how much light is needed to see a person or an object to an examination of the lighting “dose” – the quantity of light that is helpful or harmful based upon the intensity of that light, its duration, its spectrum and even its timing. There is still much to learn about the health effects of lighting but there can be no doubt that they need to be considered by both, the lighting designer and medical doctors.

    IESBC and BC Hydro invite you to join us for a half-a-day event to get the first-hand information from our renowned guest speakers on the exiting topic of Light and Health!

     

    More information and registration here

     

    Vision Awards and Gala

    June 1st, 5:30-10:00pm 

    Tickets here

    Join us on June 1st at the Terminal City Club again for the IESBC 2017 Vision Awards.  These awards recognize outstanding applications of lighting design from our local BC community.

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  • Ema Peter
    Event | Published on May 1, 2017

     

    Architectural Photographer Ema Peter in discussion with Mark Busse in our 50 Water St showroom on the topic of Digesting Architecture for the Capture Photography Festival.



  • Rest in Peace Robert Burgers
    Other | Published on January 9, 2017

    Robert and Marieke Burgers have been clients since the mid 1960′s. At that time Niels remembers a young vibrant Dutch couple, full of optimism.

    Robert taught us and our design community so much. He was a huge personality, generous, warm and he didn’t suffer fools gladly. A perfectionist, he always was pushing and pressing for better.

    His family was his centre and he taught us to treasure that family time above all else.

    The first time that I was at the Burgers home, I noticed that they didn’t take the Artemide tags off the Tolomeo lights. Why? It just was that way.

    The homes that he designed are big hearted, open and inviting; Marieke’s interior design complemented that with striking colours and brave forms; his gardens are sumptuous and elegant always with room to play bocce or lay out a long table for 20.

    There was nothing better than being invited to the Burgers, with Marieke’s delicious cooking and Robert laughing a big belly laugh. Lively discussions and contrasting views were always in order. Sometimes we felt so lucky to be nestled in the luscious garden with an intimate table for four or with many other close friends gathered around the long table in the garden.

    We will miss him and will honour his belief to never settle for less than the best.

    - Nancy



  • Gift Ideas: Book ‘em Danno!
    In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 21, 2016

    David Hockney: A Bigger Book. Available exclusively at Inform, $3,375

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    Still have someone left on your list and not sure what to get them? How about the gift of knowledge and inspiration? Here are a few of our favourites currently in the bookstore.

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  • Gift Ideas: For the “impossible to buy for friend”
    In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 15, 2016

    Lucellino by Ingo Maurer

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    You know them, they have everything they want already and they really don’t want much. You stroll around malls and boutiques hoping that some unique random object will jump out at you and say “This is what they need!”… trust us, it won’t.

    Here we’ve compiled a few items that would suit and delight pretty much anyone and chances are they wouldn’t have thought to have bought it for themselves already.

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  • Gift Ideas: Wanna’ Cuddle?
    In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 7, 2016

     

    Time to get all snuggly and warm. Here are a few pieces to help make it all that much nicer.

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  • Gift Ideas: Designers in Training
    In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 2, 2016

     

    This one is for the little Charleses and Rays in your life. Though the high quality of craftsmanship may be lost on them, the long-lasting fun will not.

     



  • Patricia Urquiola Luncheon
    Designer Focus, Event, Kitchens & Bath | Published on November 28, 2016


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    We, the Inform Interiors Kitchens & Bath department, were given an opportunity to introduce Patricia Urquiola to a few select members of the Vancouver design community over lunch in our B&B Italia/Boffi showroom during her recent visit. Guests were greeted with a glass of Manciant Cremant de Bourgogne at the Boffi Salinas island in our front window, designed by none other than Patricia.

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  • Ruth Jones
    In Store, Other | Published on October 24, 2016

    Last week, Ruth Jones sat in our front window to display the art of tapestry weaving.