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.
Gift Ideas: Book ‘em Danno!
In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 21, 2016
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.
Gift Ideas: For the “impossible to buy for friend”
In Store, Staff Picks | Published on December 15, 2016
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.
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.
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
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.
In Store, Other | Published on October 24, 2016
Last week, Ruth Jones sat in our front window to display the art of tapestry weaving.
Designer Focus, Gastown Friends, Local Interiors | Published on October 7, 2016
We are lucky enough at Inform to work with a wide breadth of Architects, Interior Designers and Decorators. All too often though, we don’t get to see where the beautiful objects we procure end up. So we are thrilled when we get to see how the talented clients we work with have created unique interiors filled with interesting and special pieces.
Designer Focus, Event, IDS Vancouver, In Store, Staff Picks | Published on October 3, 2016
Some designers are tame in practice and personality. Others have edge, strive to be unique and make impressions on whomever they meet. You’ll find Tom Dixon somewhere in-between, comfortably poised in no-man’s land. When you find him there, he’ll make you second guess the preconceptions. He is humble while proud, boisterous but timid, chaotic yet well defined – somehow there isn’t any contradiction. To say that Tom Dixon is a paradox is probably the most accurate description that one could give to him though it’s still far from actuality. He occupies a finite space where intellect and passion are paramount and few external factors hold any creative weight. You have to meet him… did you? He was just here.
Tom flew in on the Thursday before last and went straight to work, not stopping until he flew to LA and did it all over again, two days later. Most highly sought-after personalities might head to their hotel to wash, rest, and go out for an overpriced meal with those that they deemed fit. Not Tom. Tom wanted to go to the scrap-yard and dig through objects long forgotten and like the mad scientist that he is, bring the dead back to life, striving to leave Vancouver a little better than how he found it. This is after all what he attributes as the cause of his rise to fame. __
Art al Fresco
Guest Post, Staff Picks | Published on August 25, 2016
Equestrian statue of Ranuccio Farnese by Francesco Mochi, in Piazza Cavalli, Piacenza
Everyone can feast on Italy’s al fresco banquet for the soul
In Italy, art is definitely not confined to the museums and the churches. It is everywhere. A house opposite the church od Sant’Eustachio in Rome, more or less round the corner from the Pantheon, in the very heart of the city, still retains quite substantial elements of the frescos applied to its façade by Taddeo Zuccaro in the second half of the sixteenth century.
Most of the al fresco art that surrounds one is sculpture. In our health and safety/conservation-fixated age, the idea of masterpiece taking their chance in the open may indeed seem foolhardy, but the fact is that they have survived remarkably well over the centuries. It is true that three pieces were broken off the left arm of Michelangelo’s David during an anti-Medicean rebellion in Florence in 1527, and rescued by two young artists, Giorgio Vasari – of Lives of the Artists fame – and his friend Francesco Salviati. More generally, however, the sheer weight of large-scale marbles and bronzes means they are hardly likely to be pinched by even the most determined thieves. On the contrary, the most common reason for any such disappearances is a forgivable desire to protect such works from the elements.