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  • KBIS | Counter Culture
    Event, Kitchens & Bath | Published on March 11, 2014

    The 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) made its return to Las Vegas this year – over 75,000 visitors wandered the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre over 3 days. Pouring through the new finishes, materials, appliances, and systems first-hand is very much a Kitchen Designers’ “kid in a candy store” scenario.


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    Sub Zero & Wolf showed off their new lines at a private event held at the Mandarin Residential Suites. Three luxury suites decked out by Bruce Anderson Interiors; the working kitchens featured the New Generation appliances from Wolf and Sub Zero. The most obvious change in the Wolf line has been in the appearance of their wall ovens.  I’ve shown the Transitional double oven pictured left.  There’s also a Contemporary series, and Professional that sports the iconic red knobs.  The Contemporary and Transitional series are a huge aesthetic improvement over their previous lines.

    Wolf has also added to their “lifestyle” appliances with an integrated coffee maker.  It looks quite slick in both “Transitional” and “Contemporary”, but the nicest feature is the milk system.  Rather than having to clean milk residue out of the plumbing as has been the case in most coffee machines, Wolf’s system is self contained, allowing you to simply remove it and wash it in the dishwasher.

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  • Holiday Gift Guide
    In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 14, 2013

    With a large collection of the worlds best accessories are stocked and ready to go, we are sure you will find exactly what you’ve been searching for.

    A few of our favourites detailed below and available in store:

     

     

    For the philanthropist with everything – Little Sun by Olufar Eliasson

    These playful solar powered LED lamps shine light upon a larger social issue. Over 1 billion people worldwide have sporadic or no access to electricity, making light after sunset based on fuel both costly and dangerous. Each purchase made goes towards providing people access to cheap renewable light for study, work, socializing and cooking.

     

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    For the (inner) children – Vitra Eames Elephants and Girard Dolls

    It’s never early enough to get interested in design.

    The gentle majesty of elephants was well photographed by the Eames duo and based on earlier plywood prototypes these polypropylene versions are child friendly and colourful.
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    Alexander Girard originally created these graphic wood dolls for his own Santa Fe home. Many people start their collection of Girard dolls with a single piece but it never seems to end there. With twenty two designs, each with their own personality, it’s no wonder they rarely stand alone.
    Order online

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  • Nancy Bendtsen | The collector.
    Inform News, Other, Staff Picks | Published on December 9, 2013

    This article was originally published in Montecristo Magazine, Winter 2013 Issue.

    Slender, elegant Nancy Bendtsen is ever-attentive to any client’s presence in her Inform Interiors retail space. There are two such spaces, actually, virtually across from each other on Water Street in Vancouver’s Gastown. What she doesn’t know about the items in the store, from furniture to lighting, tableware to carpets, is not worth the knowing. And she is always happy to discuss things with a curious couple or clients who are virtually certain they know what they need, but have a few little questions before purchase. Today, Bendtsen is upstairs, among some individual pieces of furniture, mainly chairs, that form the backbone of what has, over the years, come to be her personal, and amazing, collection.

    It did not start out as a conscious effort to build a collection of this aesthetic and historical scope. “Oh, no, I didn’t think of it that way at all,” she says. “We were offered a piece, called the Henna Stool, by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini. I loved it so much, but we did not take that opportunity, and to this day we still don’t have one. After that eye-opener, I looked at a couple of pieces that had not sold, and decided to keep them.” She pauses, looks around the retail space, all clean lines with a lovely open feel, even though it is full of beautiful things. “As we saw the ad hoc collection grow, we realized early on the importance to Vancouver to have such pieces of design available for people to see. When we had the opportunity of acquiring special pieces which were offered to us, we understood the importance of keeping them in Vancouver. Vancouver has been our home, and we hope that this collection will grow into a museum of design in the future. But for now, we are happy to show some of the pieces at the Inform Interiors store.” She pauses again, and quietly adds, with a smile, “We are running a store, a business, after all. That has to be part of the program.”

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  • Only at Inform, One of a Kind Isaac Reina Pop-Up Shop
    Design Information, In Store | Published on December 6, 2013

    Isaac Reina it’s not about innovating at any cost, rather the abstract ideal of the perfect bag. Isaac Reina’s whole collection is carefully made by hand in his small Parisian atelier in the Marais district. If you appreciate originality, uniqueness, longevity, and overall exquisite quality, you must come down to Inform to see, touch and smell the quiet extravagance that can only be Reina.



  • Typhoon Haiyan
    Other | Published on November 26, 2013

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    Earlier in November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan reached land in the Philippines causing widespread damage, landslides and flooding. Many of those affected were still putting their lives back together after their homeland was ravaged by an earthquake in October.

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    The Red Cross has been on the ground in the Philippines since before Haiyan reached land, preparing supplies and assistance and preparing citizens for the impending storm.  Today the Red Cross continues to help those left homeless but the storm once again rebuild their lives.

     

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  • Artek Sedia 1 Interpretations for Presentation House Gallery
    Event, Gastown Friends | Published on November 18, 2013

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    Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver is hosting its annual gala and benefit auction on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The items for this year’s auction are really interesting and best of all you can come see many of them ahead of time at the Inform showroom in Gastown.

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    Some of Vancouver’s best artists, designers and architects have been asked to reinterpret and refashion Artek’s iconic Sedia 1 chair. This minimalist self-assembled pine chair, originally produced in 1974, is a model of modernist furniture design, noted for its elegance and modesty.
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  • Nani Marquina | Carpet Diem
    Brand Focus, Designer Focus | Published on October 1, 2013

    In Barcelona, Spain – well known industrial designer, Rafael Marquina, has a daughter named Nani. She would grow to continue her fathers design legacy while also carving a new path for herself. Starting in Spain and branching outwards, Nani Marquina would go on to open her own interior design shop. In the late 80s, she went one step further and begun to manufacture her own carpet design collection. Today she is internationally known and praised, winning awards and even holding the presidency of the ADP (Design Professionals Association). On October 24th, we welcome Nani Marquina to our showroom for a very special engagement. 

    Nani Marquina was a student of industrial design at the Massana School. At the age of 22, she opened her first retail store “Self-Decor”. Ten years later, Nani began to design custom carpets and textiles. Not long after that, the nanimarquina brand was created. The Begonia collection was selected to be a part of the MoMA store.

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    Spain has an incredibly rich artistic and architectural heritage. Especially in Barcelona – with it’s countless Gaudi structures, beautiful concert halls and world-class culinary artists throughout. It is no wonder that Nani found inspiration in her home-town, along with her radiant personality and drive, she would generate mass appeal that has paired her company with the world’s leading designers. Nani is pictured on the left with her daughter Maria who also works at the company.

    Nanimarquina has received numerous awards including the Red Dot, Delta Awards, National Design Award, and the Award for Woman Entrepreneurs FIDEM.

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

    Click here to view the rest of Nancy’s photos.



  • 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).

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    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.’

    - Kyle

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    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.’

    - Erica

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    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

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    ‎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.’

    - Tim

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    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.’

    - Robyn

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    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!’

    - Jon

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    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.’

    - Sherry

     

    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.’

    - Thea

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