Cocktails & Helvetica at the VAG
Design Information, Event | Published on July 14, 2014
2014 Vision Awards Gala
Design Information | Published on May 9, 2014
IESBC Emerging Professionals presents the 2014 Vision Awards Gala June 11, 2014
The BC Section’s prestigious annual Vision Awards Gala recognizes the outstanding lighting design projects entered in the 2014 Illumination Awards. The Vision Awards will be presented to the project judged to be the most outstanding in our section. Please join us for the annual social event celebrating our profession.
17:30 – 18:00 Registration & Cocktail Reception
18:00 – 19:00 Keynote Speaker & Awards
405 Railway St.
June 11, 2014
Member (IDIBC, AIBC, & IES with Promo Code): $45
Non-Member (Early Bird Price until May 15th): $50
Non-Member (General Admission May 15th – 31st): $60
Non-Member (June 1st): $70
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Other | Published on November 26, 2013
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.
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.
Artek Sedia 1 Interpretations for Presentation House Gallery
Event, Gastown Friends | Published on November 18, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.”