SEPTEMBER 26–29, 2019

Step into an immersive exhibit—explore the design elements through the lens of the industry’s most respected and dynamic design professionals at the GRAY Lab at Interior Design Show Vancouver (IDS). Here, we’ll host keynotes and panel discussions on the GRAY Stage and invite our audience to participate in exploring.






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Kalu Interiors


September 26

The Party on Opening Night

The Party on Opening Night
7–11 p.m.

Join GRAY and over 7,500 of the industry’s greatest influencers for one amazing night to kick off IDS Vancouver. Be sure to stop by the GRAY Lab for a hosted bar and music from GirlOnWax. The party is open to both the trade and the general public (19+).


September 27

KEYNOTE | Hopie Stockman, Block Shop Textiles


Hopie Stockman
12:30–1:30 p.m.

Hopie Stockman cofounded Block Shop Textiles with her sister, Lily, in 2013. The LA-based brand started with a collection of scarves, which were made in Jaipur, India, with the goal of supporting and celebrating the Indian hand block printing tradition. It quickly amassed a cult following for its transparent design process and Bauhaus-inspired designs, and have since grown into a global lifestyle brand that includes pillows, kantha quilts, hand-woven dhurries, and woodblock prints on paper. Block Shop Textiles has collaborated with visionary brands like Rachel Comey, Ace Hotels, Heath Ceramics, Sonos, Farrow & Ball, and Airbnb on custom projects and spaces, and have been featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Dwell, Domino, and Elle Decor, among others.

PANEL | Ask a Design Editor


Ask a Design Editor
2:30–3:30 p.m.

Three editors will answer your questions about all things publishing, from what to include in a pitch to how to get in touch with editors. Editors include Eleanor Gibson, acting US editor of Dezeen, Sarah Jo Ward, interim executive director of Arcade, and Tiffany Jow, editorial director of GRAY. GRAY’s Assistant Editor Claire Butwinick will moderate what promises to be a lively conversation. 


GRAY x Euro-Line After Party

GRAY x Euro-Line After Party
8–11 p.m.

Party with GRAY at Euro-Line’s new showroom in Yaletown, featuring Liebherr and SMEG. Mingle with the design-minded! Capacity is limited, RSVP required.

101-1014 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2W9



September 28

PANEL | Food and Design


Food and Design
12–1 p.m.

How can design maximize the experience of eating and drinking? Four luminaries weigh in during this conversation, moderated by GRAY’s Assistant Editor Claire Butwinick. Panelists include Craig Stanghetta, founder and designer of Ste. Marie Design, Karin Bohn, founder of House of Bohn, Hannerie Visser, founder of Studio H, and ceramist Janaki Larsen.

KEYNOTE | Aleem Kassam, Kalu Interiors


Aleem Kassam
2–3 p.m.

Aleem Kassam was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He started his path in Interior Design in 2004 by obtaining a formal education at the Art Institute of Vancouver, where he met Phyllis Lui. In 2007, they decided to make their friendship an official business partnership. Their new firm name, Kalu Interiors, would be derived from their surnames, Kassam and Lui (KA-LU). While they each have very unique styles and sensibilities for design, the pair share an undeniable passion for interior design. It is this passion that led them to understand the importance of personal style and space in their clients’ homes. Inspiring, beautiful, aspirational, unique, individual–all qualities they feel an environment should reflect.

Kassam attended the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree of Interior Design & Sustainable Interior Architecture. He later attended the Domus Academy in Milan for Hospitality Design and Central Saint Martins in London for Retail Design. This global perspective brought him to a broader platform as a participant on From the Ground Up, a television series broadcast on networks around the world, including HGTV. Since then, he has made various media appearances, making him a fixture in the design industry both locally and abroad.


September 29

HOT NEW NEXT | Championship Round

HOT NEW NEXT | Championship Round
12–1 p.m.

HOT NEW NEXT is a dynamic competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward. The winners from the regional competitions—held earlier this year in Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle—will face off in this Shark Tank-style program, presenting a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling design-related concept or product to an expert panel. Judges will offer real-time feedback on each pitch; ultimately declaring a winner, who will win a cash prize, judge mentorship, and the designation of truly being the next big thing in design. 


PANEL | The Power of Color


The Power of Color
2–3 p.m.

What is the role of color in design, and what impact does it have on people’s lives and emotions? In a conversation moderated by GRAY’s Editorial Director Tiffany Jow, three seasoned designers weigh in. Hear insight from Lucas Peet, co-founder of ANDLight, Riley McFerrin, founder of Hinterland, and Andy Lantz, creative director of Rios Clementi Hale Studio.