Vancouver Design Show

Added On September 28, 2015

Vancouver this weekend is playing host to what has become the largest gathering of interior design enthusiasts on North America's west coast.

The Interior Design Show West is now in its 11th year. It features more than 250 exhibitors and sees more than 35,000 attendees pay a visit before the four-day event wraps up on Sunday.
STANDUP(English): EVAN DUGGAN, CNC correspondent
"One of the features of this year's show is the rising interest in locally-made and locally-designed furnishings and finishings. Now, more than ever, customers are looking for that product is truly one of a kind."
Unique doesn't come cheap. This handmade coffee table by Vancouver furniture maker Romney Shipway is priced at 3,500 Canadian dollars. It took roughly eight hours to make. 
SOUNDBITE(English): ROMNEY SHIPWAY, Vancouver furniture maker
"My take is this is a West Coast, modern furniture. Using the materials that we have here in B.C. to their most useful potential and exemplifying the beauty of the natural material. I have my Oystra which is a new table, a continuous piece of wood all the way around, all Douglas Fir from a sustainably managed community forest."
Fellow furniture maker and gallery owner Meredith Nicole says consumers in Vancouver are becoming less interested in mass-produced, cheaply made goods. They want products that last a lifetime and tell a story.
SOUNDBITE(English): MEREDITH NICOLE, Furniture maker
"I like to say that we make intentional heirlooms, so it's handcrafted items, usually you have a traditional skill set in your backing or you're really engaged with the materials or the story of the client that you're working with, or the story of the material itself."
Nicole has been in the furniture business for nearly a decade. She says the show in Vancouver features the most creative designers and makers, which attract a vast number of customers whose tastes are changing.
SOUNDBITE(English): MEREDITH NICOLE, Furniture maker
"People are really looking to have well made quality items. They're not interested in disposable anymore, so we fill that. And really, it's about connection."
These handmade pieces of wall art are certainly one of a kind. Each of the faux concrete slabs were inspired by real pieces of concrete found on buildings throughout Vancouver. 
And this glass designer is making one of a kind custom sinks, flooring and showers. Each piece is designed by an artist to the specific requests of the customer. 
They've been in business for 40 years, but demand for their unique glass has never been higher.
SOUNDBITE(English): SAMMY TEHRANI, Niki Design and Glass Studio
"The demand is very high. People are very interested in local handmade products. It's just that they can have that personal touch on every piece that is made for their property."
The show's organizer says Vancouver has emerged as a hot spot for artisan designers and makers. 
Isolated from other large design centres like Toronto and New York, Vancouver's design scene has been able to flourish in a way that is uniquely west coast.
SOUNDBITE(English): JODY PHILLIPS, IDSWest show director
"I think particularly on the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest that there's a strong designer maker culture and that independent sort of vibe that we do quite well."