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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Jung Gestalter

 

Over the past two years, we have noticed a bright community of young designers working throughout Europe (see previous post on London-based Jakub Zak).  We are lucky enough to be showcasing some of their works here in our showroom…

The interdisciplinary pieces created by Berlin-based NEW TENDENCY are creative, new, and thoughtful.  They are produced in Germany using regional handcraft techniques and designed by the in-house design team, or in collaboration with their designer/architect friends and colleagues.

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Knock-Offs, because “The client can’t afford the real thing”

 

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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Guest Post: Designer Trends with Nancy Bendtsen by Terrys Blinds

 

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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Guest Post: Designer Insights with Nancy Bendtsen by Terrys Blinds

Nancy Bendtsen is part of the design & project management team at Inform Interiors, based in Vancouver, Canada. Nancy was introduced to design at an early age by her mother, this sparked a lifelong passion. She went on to attend the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts as well the University of Toronto. Then along with Niels Bendtsen owner of Inform Interiors, she helped to shape the growth and direction of the company. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Nancy Bendtsen.

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2014 Vision Awards Gala

 

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.

Program:
17:30 – 18:00 Registration & Cocktail Reception
18:00 – 19:00 Keynote Speaker & Awards
19:00 Social/Networking

Location:
Inform Contract
405 Railway St.
Vancouver  BC
V6A 1A7

Date:
June 11, 2014

Cost:
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

Register Online 

Only at Inform, One of a Kind Isaac Reina Pop-Up Shop

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.

Hopea | Scandinavian Designer Jewelry

This past May we welcomed Cosima of Hopea into our showroom for a popup shop. Cosima has a beautiful collection of exquisite and rare jewelry primarily from mid-century Scandinavia. If you missed the first trunk show, you’ll have a second chance to see these exquisit pieces first-hand. The Hopea collection returns to Inform for a second popup shop on November 29th to December 1st. Just in time to pick up very special Christmas gifts for the ones you love. Below, Cosima shares with us insight into the origin of a few of her pieces.

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By the late 1950s, design had become a symbol of regional identity in the Nordic countries. Given that jewelry was seen as lagging behind other areas of design, revitalizing the craft became a national interest. Certain young designers, many in their twenties, had already established their own modern workshops and were more than poised to rise to the occasion. Below is a brief look at some of these pioneering designers; each from a different Nordic country. Each designer had their own unique aesthetic as they explored beyond the boundaries of jewelry making of the time.

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