Natafelen — Table-ing

This season at Inform Interiors we have been taking time to consider community. What is community? Where does one find it? How are the spaces and objects around us designed to facilitate or encourage community?

We have taken inspiration from the Dutch concept of Natafelen — literally meaning, after table-ing — the act of lingering at the table after a finished meal to continue talking, drinking and enjoying the atmosphere and company.

From micro (in our own homes), to macro (urban planning), we have chosen the table to convey and symbolize this theme of community; as it is perhaps the most convivial piece of furniture in our lives, at home, work, and elsewhere. To borrow from Dutch furniture company Arco’s ethos ‘Tables play a central role in our lives: how we talk, meet, work, eat and celebrate at the table.”

In our homes, dining tables are where we gather to share our meals and celebrate significant events; where we bring together those we care about to connect and strengthen ties. It is a place to share laughter and tears, our plans for the future and our memories of the past. These very same tables also act as spaces to work, study, play, and create. The video below by Arco showcases the way a table can intersect several sectors of our lives — often at the same time.

Connecting with others over a table isn’t limited to the home. Take the work place, for example,  where ideas are born, relationships are built, and decisions are made around a table. The trend of offering a variety of surface options to facilitate different methods of communication is gaining momentum. We are seeing large tables used for group brainstorming or formal meetings, smaller ones for intimate one-on-ones, while tall breakout tables serve for quick informal meetings. The Vancouver offices of Miller Thompson designed by BVN are a terrific example of this.

In restaurants and cafes, we are seeing the use of the popular communal table. What better way to encourage community than to seat strangers next to one another to enjoy a meal and a drink. The Union restaurant, designed by Evoke, in Vancouver’s Chinatown makes great use of this sociable option.

Whether in the home, at the workplace, or out on the town, tables are at the centre of the growth and development of our communities — be that with family, co-workers, or friends. As we continue to reflect on the theme of Community we will be sure to the time to bask in the after-table-ing and recommend the same for you.

Masters of West Coast Modernism

 
On October 4th, we hosted the West Coast Modern League, to celebrate the creative contributions of Bruno Freschi, Don Vaughan, Paul Merrick, Peter Cardew, Richard Henriquez, and their pivotal roles in the shaping and evolution of the west coast design ethos.
 
This was the second instalment of the Masters of West Coast Modernism, this series aims to reflect on the creative contributions to our built environment of West Coast Modern Masters, and to offer insight into influences of personal and continued significance to their careers, design philosophies, and creative processes.

IDS Vancouver 2018

It is the time of the year when Vancouverites celebrate all things design. With IDS Vancouver — now in its thirteenth year — comes a wide range of on-site and off-site events, as well as, independent design-focused events throughout the city. Here are our top picks of those to check out.


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L A M P
This year, L A M P’s Exhibition Awards Gala will kick off the Offsite Programming
for IDS Vancouver. L A M P (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) attracts the Pacific Northwest’s top product designers, architects, business entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts to its unique event that celebrates the best in emerging, contemporary lighting design. Purchase your tickets here.
September 18 | 7pm-11pm | Inform Contract: 405 Railway Street

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Recipe: Embrace Colour with Vancouver Eats

The saying goes, “we taste first with our eyes”, meaning we find certain colours and textures of food delicious even before actually taste them. Not only are colourful fruits and vegetables appetizing and pretty to look at, but they are full of the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and energetic, hence the other saying, “a colourful plate is a healthy plate”.

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Japan Handmade

In mid-June of this year, we were honoured to welcome four Master Craftsmen from Kyoto, Japan. Each has honed their craft in very different disciplines. Intimate, hands-on workshops showcasing each craft were offered to lucky participants who gained insight into the intricacies, as well as, the greater principles centred around craft in Japan.
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Embrace Colour

Strolling past our Gastown showrooms you will notice our summer window displays are an homage to our inspiration for this season — the artist David Hockney. With Los Angeles as one of his primary muses, Hockney pulls from the Californian palette of bright yellows, greens, blues and pinks. Evoking lush lawns, summer heat and shimmering swimming pools, his fearless use of colour is refreshing and thrilling.

“…If the water surface is almost still and there is a strong sun, then dancing lines with the colours of the spectrum appear everywhere…”     — David Hockney

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Lee Broom

On Tuesday June 5th, we were delighted to welcome award-winning British designer Lee Broom to our 50 Water St showroom. He presented OBSERVATORY, his new stellar-inspired lighting collection and spoke of his latest products as well as his work over the last 11 years.

Capture Speaker Series

We took part again this year in hosting the Speaker Series for the Capture Photography Film Festival. On three Tuesdays in April, we listened to great minds speak at length about some of the ins and outs of their discipline. Though they were all quite different, each delighted and intrigued equally. Watch below and sign up for our newsletter so that you can join us for the next ones.

Nadia Belerique & Sky Goodden: Between the Shutters—Nadia Belerique and the Spatial Object

Nadia Belerique, the artist behind this year’s BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation Public Art Project, discusses In the Belly of a Cat and her other works with Sky Goodden, founding editor of Momus. They touch upon the poetics of perception, the role of images in contemporary culture, and the exchange between artist and viewer.

 
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Japan Handmade

An Exploration of Japanese Craftsmanship
 

On June 13 and 14 we are delighted to welcome four accomplished craftsmen from Japan to our 50 Water Street showroom where they will host workshops and discuss how their work strives to maintain a strong bond to the traditions of their ancestors while looking forward to the needs of future generations. There will be a presentation on Thursday June 14 from 5 to 7pm, click here for more information and to RSVP.

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