3 must-see features at IDS Vancouver 2016

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      A slight name modification isn’t the only change marking the 12th annual IDS Vancouver, taking place from this Thursday to Sunday (September 22 to 25) at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s west building (999 Canada Place).

      Formerly known as IDS West, the largest design event this side of the 49th parallel includes a handful of new features this year, plus the first European site for its international installation, more than 200 design-centric exhibitors, and plenty of opportunities to discover the furnishings and décor themes trending in Vancouver and beyond.

      Need some help navigating the mammoth of a fair? Here are three noteworthy features to scope at this year’s IDS Vancouver.

      Clay & Glaze

      A brand-new exhibit at IDS Vancouver, Clay & Glaze will spotlight the evolving realm of handcrafted wares through a showcase of works by 14 celebrated ceramists hailing from at home and abroad.

      Among the goods will be splashy, oversized platters by Quebec’s Rachel Grenon, glittering catch-all dishes from the Object Enthusiast, and feminist-leaning, occasionally R-rated pots by the Brooklyn-based Group Partner.

      Vancouver’s Lindsey Hampton, Dahlhaus Studio, and Cathy Terepocki will also be on hand with a selection of locally made tablewares that range from the retro to the wildly eccentric.

      Expect granny-cool tablewares by Dutch design studio Ontwerpduo, plus quirky items from four other Netherlands-based designers, at the Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven.

      The Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven

      For the first time, IDS Vancouver has extended its search across the Atlantic to produce its international design exhibit.

      Designed by West Vancouver firm Burgers Architecture Inc. and featuring items curated by online design mag DesignMilk, the Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven installation will spotlight six innovative designers, each of whom has earned his or her stripes in the Netherlands.

      What can you expect? Playful light-equipped candlesticks crafted entirely from wax, “chubby” reclaimed-synthetic chairs, and graphic tabletops coated in high-contrast, geometric patterns that embody the zany, at times comical nature of Dutch industrial design.

      One of many Canadian design studios participating in Studio North, Vancouver's Quake Furniture draws inspo from nature—in this case, the Juan de Fuca plate—for its pieces.
      Quake Furniture

      Studio North

      Looking for the latest in Canadian furniture, design objects, and décor? Head to IDS Vancouver’s Studio North showcase, where you can get acquainted with limited-edition and custom works by some of the Great White North’s brightest talents and a few international names, too.

      Object-makers such as Vancouver’s quirky Oscar & Kennedy, the South American–inspired Arostegui Studio, and Quake Furniture—known for its organic, nature-inspired pieces—will be repping B.C., while other one-of-a-kind furnishings and wares will come from as far as Toronto and San Francisco.

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