• 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.



    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.

  • Inform Cooks
    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.

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  • 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….”

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  • Mario Bellini | The Essence of Innovation
    Architecture, Designer Focus, In Store | Published on July 16, 2015


    Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting Mario Bellini – iconic Italian Architect and Designer -  who shared his thoughts on his work and inspirations since the 1960’s.  Prior to his talk, we took Mr. Bellini to see the Museum of Anthropology, designed by our local favorite Arthur Erickson.  This mildly Brutalist building seemed to please Mr. Bellini – it’s sensitivity to the environment, and use of materials spoke to some of Bellini’s work which he described at length to us later that evening…

    Bellini is a fascinating designer, and someone who has helped mold Modern design since he graduated from Milan Polytechnic with a degree in Architecture in 1959.

    He is the winner of 8 Compasso d’Oro awards and the MoMA holds 25 of his designs in their permanent collection. Throughout his career he has moved between the worlds of design, architecture and interior design by applying design principals on a variety of scales.  His many influences are diverse and range from the human body to classical architecture, fashion, and animals.

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  • Sharp Practice | Neighbour x Inform
    Gastown Friends | Published on June 5, 2015

    Our friends over at Neighbour borrowed a few of our pieces to create this stunning photoshoot displaying their latest fashions:


    Lemaire Coat Dress | Acne Studios Row Jeans

    Woman by Common Projects Derby Slip On | PP56 Chair


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  • 2015 IESBC Vision Awards
    Design Information, Event | Published on April 9, 2015

    Buy your tickets here.

  • IES Awards
    Event | Published on January 8, 2015

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  • 2014 Gift Guide | No. 3
    Staff Picks | Published on December 9, 2014

    Dear Tibor timepiece by Tobias Wong

    Tobias Wong was known for creating design pieces that always provoked thought and conversation. He was a brilliant designer and a dear friend to Inform.

    His homage to Tibor Kalman is no longer in production, you will not find this piece elsewhere. We have a very limited supply of these incredibly special, signed pieces.

    Available in-store


    Fin Utensils by Still Design

    Designed in Vancouver, Fin is ergonomically designed to bring a more pleasurable cooking experience. These utensils are shaped to provide a firm and comfortable grip that minimizes stress on the wrists. Each piece has an individual magnetic wall mount with an adhesive backing for easy access and organization.

    From $65
    Available in-store

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  • 2014 Gift Guide | No. 2
    Staff Picks | Published on December 5, 2014

    Edward Wohl Breadboards

    Each board is crafted by joining sections from a single piece of specially selected, figured bird’s-eye maple, so the wood tone and figuring are consistent throughout. Each is precision-shaped and beveled for graceful shape and balance. Individually hand-sanded and finished to a sensual silkiness, each board is an art object designed to add aesthetic and utilitarian pleasure to your daily life. Some owners display their cutting boards as art and hesitate to use them. However, they are designed to provide many years of service and satisfaction; minimal care will preserve their appearance.

    From $30
    Buy Online



    Wallace#Sewell scarves and throws

    Patterns, textures and colours that you will not find under any other brand. Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell work closely with a mill in Lancashire and a finishers in Huddersfield who draw water from their own borehole in pursuit of the softest and purest water, perfect for textile finishing.

    From $81
    Limited quantities available in-store.

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  • Guest Post: Designer Trends with Nancy Bendtsen by Terrys Blinds
    Design Information, Guest Post | Published on December 4, 2014


    Nancy Bendtsen is a design & project manager at Inform Interiors, based in Canada and is currently working on the nearby Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, a designer’s dream project. Having being exposed to design by her mother at an early age, Nancy has a lifelong passion for design that she has utilised to identify new design concepts and the latest trends within interior design. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, as well as the prestigious and renowned Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts. So we are pleased to share with you the creative trends of Nancy Bendtsen.


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