Jean-Claude Leblanc’s Core Collection
Brand Focus, Designer Focus, In Store | Published on April 8, 2013
Like many lasting designs, Jean-Claude’s Core vessels were created out of a need for the product by the designer:
“The idea to create a pot came from a succulent installation I saw on a trip to Tokyo a year and a half ago. It reminded me of my mother’s love for plants and the life it added to my family’s home as a child, something i’ve been trying to emulate ever since. This inspired me to buy a succulent for my bedside table so I always had this life form to wake up to. After searching, I couldn’t find the right pot. I then began designing my own, knowing I wanted the finished product to be made from marble.”
Visiting Fritz Hansen HQ
Brand Focus, Staff Picks | Published on February 13, 2013
On their way home from imm cologne this year, Niels and Nancy stopped by the Fritz Hansen headquarters in Allerød, Denmark – approximately 40 minutes north of Copenhagen. Receiving a warm welcome from Jacob Holm, CEO of Fritz Hansen, they toured the offices and museum taking in the vast amount of historical pieces. Fritz Hansen was one of the first brands that Niels distributed when he opened his first retail store nearly 50 years ago.
They ate lunch, connected with Hans Mannerhagen and left reassured as to why Fritz Hansen has achieved legendary status and will continue to develop as an industry leader.
Holiday Staff Wishlist
Staff Picks | Published on December 3, 2012
As designophiles, working at Inform is always exciting. Constantly surrounded by beautiful objects of supreme quality. It’s tough to pick our favourites out of the lot but, below, we’ve done our best. Throughout December, we will be posting featured objects daily to our social feeds and weekly to the Inform blog. All of the items are in stock (when I write this) and are being displayed in the front window of our 50 Water Street showroom.
As always, please feel free to send us an email if you’d like more info on any particular piece(s).
PP Mobler – Flaghalyard Chair
‘FANTASTIC. Period. There really isn’t anything in modern design better than this. This is every design lovers dream come true.’
Tal – Gudari Bedcover
‘I love these handmade quilts because they add warmth and they have a real homey feel. But most importantly, they remind me of my Iola, my grandmother, who taught me to sew.’
Edward Wohl – Maple Cutting Boards
‘Who would not want to cook with these? Solid maple and hand carved by artisans. Their smooth tactile quality and large size inspires me to get in the kitchen and slice, dice, chop, and create.’
- Michael Y
Dyson - Bladeless Pedestal Fan
‘I love the innovation of this fan; that it keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold. You just have to choose the temperature.’
FLOS - Glo Ball Floor Lamp
‘This, designed by Jasper Morrison, has such a big presence in the interior space without being loud. The beauty of the glass shade creates the perfect ambiance, while producing no distracting glare, floats atop a simple stand. Simplicity.’
La Palma – Lem Stool Black Chrome/Mud Leather
‘This is one of my favourite barstools not because of it’s classic look, but because of the sharp black chrome finish. It reminds me of car rims. The kind you would put on your Mercedes or BMW and the mud coloured seat pairs perfectly with it. Best of all, it spins!’
Wallace Sewell - Blankets
‘Wallace # Sewell is a UK based textile design studio with a unique signature style distinguished by the use of natural textiles, combined with confident but understated colour palettes. Their innovative design approach combines the use of traditional weaving techniques with a unique understanding yarn properties, manifested in a varied collection of must-have blankets, scarves and accessories.’
Venini - Bolle Vases
‘I have some of Tapio Wirkkala’s vintage Iittala pieces at home; I love his work. These Venini vases remind me of vessels that would be found at the bottom of the sea, sunken after a shipwreck. The colour combinations are beautiful and unexpected.’
Hopea | Scandinavian Designer Jewelry
Brand Focus, Design Information, Event | Published on November 9, 2012
This past May we welcomed Cosima of Hopea into our showroom for a popup shop. Cosima has a beautiful collection of exquisite and rare jewelry primarily from mid-century Scandinavia. If you missed the first trunk show, you’ll have a second chance to see these exquisit pieces first-hand. The Hopea collection returns to Inform for a second popup shop on November 29th to December 1st. Just in time to pick up very special Christmas gifts for the ones you love. Below, Cosima shares with us insight into the origin of a few of her pieces.
By the late 1950s, design had become a symbol of regional identity in the Nordic countries. Given that jewelry was seen as lagging behind other areas of design, revitalizing the craft became a national interest. Certain young designers, many in their twenties, had already established their own modern workshops and were more than poised to rise to the occasion. Below is a brief look at some of these pioneering designers; each from a different Nordic country. Each designer had their own unique aesthetic as they explored beyond the boundaries of jewelry making of the time.
IDSwest 2012 Recap
Design Information, Event | Published on October 22, 2012
September 27th to the 30th, Interior Design Show West held their 8th annual show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Many familiar faces as well as new ones were there to celebrate, share and discuss interior design on the west coast.
Short video showing a few highlights from the show.
Coast Modern Film
Architecture, Design Information | Published on July 6, 2012
From LA to Vancouver, a legacy of inspired living by the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture. The film will be shown at Vancity Theatre July 6 through 13. The will be Q&A periods during some of the nights.
Designer Focus | Published on July 5, 2012
I have always held a great appreciation and admiration for Carlo Mollino. He was a true renaissance man of the 20th century. He is mainly known as a designer of hand-made furniture and exclusive interiors.
He designed a double-torpedo race car for the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1955.
The Warehouse Sale
Event | Published on May 2, 2012
The Legendary Inform Warehouse Sale is almost here!
Come and see our new warehouse at our new location: 3440 Bridgeway Street, June 1st and 2nd from 10am until 5pm.
Save up to 85% on a wide selection of pieces. Click on the map below or scan the QR code on your mobile device for a map to the new location. There is ample customer parking available.
Hopea Pop-Up Shop at Inform
Event, In Store | Published on April 27, 2012
From May 10th to 12th, visit our 50 Water Street showroom to view and purchase pieces from a curated selection of Canadian and Scandinavian jewelry from the 1960s and 70s.
Niels Bendtsen for Azure People’s Choice award
Design Information, Other, Staff Picks | Published on April 20, 2012
We’re excited to share with you that the Bensen Park chair has been selected as a finalist in the “Design: Furniture” category of this years Azure magazine AZ design award!
We encourage you to share this information with your friends and colleagues by posting this link to your social media: