My first visit to IDSwest was fabulous is so many ways that I thought I would share my findings with you!
Trades shows can be overwhelming with so much product and inspiration all around. One thing I really focus on when looking at each booth is not only the inspiration factor, but also the relativity to my own design style and if I could see using it in a client’s home. It’s easy to be mesmerized by many of the fabulous booths, however I try to focus my time and attention on lines that I see value in for my business.
Here are my favorites from the show.
Salari Fine Carpet Collections specializes in hand knotted carpets. They are a family run business established over 35 years ago. Carrying carpets that fall under the categories of traditional, modern and tribal, you’re sure to find something that inspires you. I was particularly drawn to the Nought Collective series by New York-based Canadian designer Tracey Sawyer, where her attention to fine line and detail as well as subtle colour palettes create art work for your floor.
A new introduction from Salari for IDSwest were these Salsa Lounge poufs from supplier Paulig. They can be used as ottomans, extra seating or even an organic sculptural addition to your room. They fit right into the ‘chunky knits’ trend you’re seeing now.
I have known of Brent Comber for many years and am lucky enough to own one of his pieces. His work is pure genius, combining natural elements with organic style. Each item Brent creates is a piece of sculptural art. His booth was simple and essentially let each beautiful piece speak for itself.
Years ago I worked in a retail store and Calligaris was one of the lines we carried. I always thought that the scale of the chairs were off, and ended up not being comfortable, which was too bad because they have a great style to them. As I passed their booth and admired the chairs I decided to take a seat. I was thrilled to find that they were extremely comfortable. I love the acrylic colours and the upholstered chairs were fantastic. A great option for kitchen, dining, accent or even office.
Another family run business for over 30 years, Once a Tree Furniture offers Canadian made pieces combining age-old techniques with innovative technology. The result is well crafted, timeless furniture that can be passed down to generations.
I am always on the hunt for new area rugs, especially those that fall under a reasonable price bracket so I was thrilled to find 2nd Century Rugs. A retail store in Vancouver and also available to the trade, they can build anything your heart desires. Be as creative as you’d like with colour, size and pattern all customizable.
Scandinavian design paired with materials such as rattan, teak, oak and rice husk create furniture with clean lines and interesting textures . I thought these chairs were lovely, so modern and simple. I can see them working with many different styles.
Not one product but a whole store of them. The Cross’s booth at IDSwest was had my vote for most creative. There was inspiration in every corner showcasing not only product that they carry but the incredibly talented eye they have in creative display.
It was great to meet new suppliers and see new (and new to me) product so that I can bring ideas and inspirations home to share with my clients. I hope to attend IDS2011 in Toronto for more fabulous finds!