Miller Thomson


Photography by Ed White

We are proud to share a recent commercial project on which Inform Contract worked closely with design firm BVN to source furniture and lighting options for law firm Miller Thomson’s new Vancouver office space located in a converted downtown commercial building previously occupied by retailer Sears.

The design concept focused on several work spaces — reception, lounge, library, open collaboration zones and breakout meeting areas. The resulting look is a sophisticated industrial aesthetic with a Scandinavian casual feel.

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Gair Williamson: Inspiration and Aspiration

On March 15th we welcomed Architect Gair Williamson into our showroom.

His firm was founded in 2003 and, over the past 15 years, has become one of the most prolific practices in the historic precincts, focusing on adaptive reuse and new infill construction. The practice began with the lofty intention to unite the often opposing interests of the community and developer and the conflicting priorities of the art of architecture and the economics of the marketplace.

It pursues the retention of cultural memory through a clear distinction between the existing urban fabric and their contemporary interventions.

In this talk Gair illustrated the buildings, paintings and writings that have inspired the work of the office and the aspirations of the firm’s completed works.

My HÄSTENS Experience

Today marks the 10th annual World Sleep Day. I’m not kidding, look it up. World Sleep Day is held every year on the Friday before the March Equinox. I had no idea this day existed, but it does. There are discussions, presentations, and exhibitions online and around the world dedicated to this day with the goal of celebrating the benefits of good and healthy sleep. As someone who has a very active lifestyle, I rely on a good sleep every night. Recently, I made the decision to purchase a new mattress; this may not sound exciting, but it is. Now I’m celebrating sleep more than ever.

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A Bigger Splash. A Bigger Book.


 

My first introduction to David Hockney’s work was while attending a mid-century modernism course at the University of British Columbia. It was a typical wet autumn day and as I sat in a cold, dark auditorium, my professor threw Hockney’s A Bigger Splash onto the screen. There was something about this large scale colourful painting of a California backyard swimming pool, that prompted me to start planning a sunny vacation.

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Contract goes to Spain

This past autumn the team at Inform Contract had the opportunity to travel to Spain for an in-depth look at the design and manufacturing processes of the innovative Spanish brands that are represented in the Contract Showroom in Vancouver. Here is a peek at their educational, inspiring and, of course, fun trip… it is Spain after all!

Pulling up to the forested grounds of Santa & Cole, the group was met by ‘Nina and Nina’, to see the inner workings of their carefully edited furniture and lighting collections. Nina Maso co-founded the company in 1985 during the creative revolution that occurred in the years following the end of the Franco era. Her daughter, Nina Ordeig, is the current head of marketing. Together they toured the grounds as they discussed the history of the 33 year old family-run business, gained insight into the design process for both custom contract and standard products, and learned about their thoughtful approach to running their business.

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Alex Schweder | Performance Architect

Alex Schweder coined the term “Performance Architecture” in 2007 to encapsulate the understanding of architecture that gives cues for how we are to behave and offers itself as a prop for inhabitants to form and perform their identities. His work along these lines has been exhibited and collected internationally in prestigious institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Britain, Perform 17, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and currently lives and works in New York City.

Todd Saunders | For Fogo’s Sake

Well known for his exemplary work on the Fogo Island Inn, Todd Saunders’ firm is led by a strong contemporary design sensibility. The studio believes that architecture must play an important role in creating place through the use of form, materials and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction. The office operates within existing natural, as well as, manmade contexts. Examples range from an award nominated dramatic viewpoint structure set amidst a rich protected landscape to several new-build houses within more traditional suburban settings.

*This video contains mature language and may not be suitable for all viewers.

Designers at Heart

Ah, Love! The overwhelming sensation of affinity for a particular person or thing felt throughout your whole being. Whether you’re looking to please your loved one with a surprise or to turn up the temperature in the bedroom, here are a few pieces that are sure to tantalize, delight and excite.

A little music to put you in the mood…

Encyclopedia of Flowers, Edited by Kyoko Wada | $85

Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma — encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs, Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.

Available from our book store.

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Returning from the Edge of Design

One week per year Eindhoven, Netherlands hosts Dutch Design Week where the world of design takes focus on the once tiny town. During this week, the visitors outnumber the locals, lasting professional relationships are born and many designers’ dreams of growing from ‘aspiring’ to ‘recognized’ come true. I knew nothing of Eindhoven before visiting but as soon as I arrived, I felt comfortable. It has Design coursing through its veins.

Eindhoven is roughly 1.5 hours south of Amsterdam by train. The city has a practical, industrial vibe thanks to the rise of industry initially centred around tobacco and textile. The city’s industrial sector grew significantly with the rise of lighting and electronics giant Philips, which was founded as a light bulb manufacturing company in Eindhoven in 1891.

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Holiday Gift Guide No. 6

We’ve all been there… the holidays sneak up on you and suddenly you realize not everyone on your list has been crossed off! Be it for a teacher, hostess or family member, we are here to help with this list of great last minute in-stock gifts and stocking stuffers.

If you are in Vancouver or the surrounding area, place your order for any in-stock accessory by Thursday the 21st and we’ll guarantee that you’ll have it by the end of the week with optional gift wrapping. All online orders over $100 receive free shipping.

 

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