The 15th annual Interior Design Show (IDS) Vancouver returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre West from September 26–29 for a four-day feast featuring interactive installations, powerful keynote speakers, offsite programming, and more. This year, the event’s theme centers around design DNA, and considers the ideas, people, products, and experiences at the fair to be a piece of it. IDS Vancouver’s show floor activations, special features, and on- and off-site programming will explore the subject in various ways.
Here, we handpick highlights from the show, plus the keynotes and panel discussions happening on the GRAY Stage.
The Party on Opening Night
The celebration on Thursday, September 26 from 7p.m. to 11p.m. kicks off IDS Vancouver at the convention center in grand style, hosted by Inform Interiors.
The GRAY Stage
The GRAY stage, which we’re branding the GRAY Lab this year, is an interactive space created for conversation and education, complete with a DJ on opening night. Visitors can meet editors from the GRAY team, pick up our latest issue, and take in a series of conversations and keynotes throughout the show.
Programming kicks off on Friday, September 27 with a keynote by Hopie Stockman, cofounder of beloved LA brand Block Shop Textiles. Stockman will discuss how to grow a business and the importance of incorporating and supporting tradition in her work. Later that day, Eleanor Gibson, Acting US Editor of Dezeen; Sarah Jo Ward, Interim Executive Director of Arcade; and Tiffany Jow, Editorial Director at GRAY, will answer audience questions about getting a brand or story covered by design media, including how to pitch projects and the best way to get in touch with editors.
On Saturday, September 28, a panel discussion explores how design can maximize the experience of eating and drinking. Moderated by GRAY’s Assistant Editor Claire Butwinick, the panelists include Craig Stanghetta, founder and designer of Ste. Marie Design, Karin Bohn, founder and principal of House of Bohn, Hannarie Visser, founder of Studio H, and ceramist Janaki Larsen. Next up, Aleem Kassam, interior designer and partner at Vancouver-based Kalu Interiors, delivers a keynote about his creative path and what it takes to start an interior design business. Also during the weekend, experience the final round of our HOT NEW NEXT design competition, where the finalists vie for the grand prize of cash and design mentorship to propel their product to big success.
Finally, Sunday, September 29 is all about the power of color. In a conversation moderated by GRAY’s Editorial Director Tiffany Jow, three seasoned designers—including Lucas Peet, cofounder of ANDLight, Riley McFerrin, founder of Hinterland, and Julia Smith Clementi, creative director, architecture, of Rios Clementi Hale Studio—weigh in on the role of color in design and how it affects people’s lives and emotions.
The Caesarstone Stage
Always a big presence on the show floor, the Caesarstone Stage brings the heavy-hitters. Kicking off trade day Friday afternoon is London-based designer Emily Forgot. Throughout the weekend, expect to see food designer Marije Vogelzang, Design, Bitches cofounders Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, and executive chef and Great Canadian Baking Show judge Bruno Feldeisen, who will join Zach Berman, cofounder of The Juice Truck, and Amanda Huynh of Edible Projects, to discuss the thoughtful, important role design plays in the future of food. Dezeen’s Eleanor Gibson moderates.
This year, IDS Vancouver and Measured Architecture, in collaboration with Powers Construction and Unbuilders, explore ways to protect salvaged content from a building during demolition. As such, the Central Bar—this year, titled Restock—has been reimagined as a standard single-family home awaiting demolition. Expect a proportionally accurate visual account of all materials that are removed from a standard Vancouver lot with a focus on a site’s desired 15 percent reclaimed salvage material using old-growth timber.
Here, design’s up-and-comers showcase their latest products for purchase. Don’s miss vendors include the Vancouver Candle Company, removable wall decals from Urbanwalls, hand-poured concrete goodies from Mind the Minimal, and clever, nostalgia-inducing curios from London Fields Shoppe.
This on-site shop invites attendees to explore a curated collection of objects from Poketo, the in-demand LA lifestyle brand. On Friday, September 27, cofounders Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan will be in conversation with AZURE’s executive editor Elizabeth Pagliacolo on the Caesarstone Stage.
Presenting custom work and limited-edition collections by top-tier Canadian and international designers, this shoppable marketplace will feature work by Ali Alamzadeh, Fernweh Woodworking, Hew, and other designers.
For more information and a complete schedule, go to vancouver.interiordesignshow.com.