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, broadcast spot interviews live from the podcast studio, and even invite our audience to participate in a few events such as design labs and an exciting competition.
More details to come.

2018 Programming

The GRAY Stage returns for a jam-packed weekend of design! Sporting an all-gray motif and featuring furniture from BoConcept, come to visit us to meet members of the GRAY team, pick up our Futurecast issue, and view programming throughout the show.

GRAY Official IDS Vancouver After Party

Party with GRAY magazine at the loft-like Montauk Sofa in Gastown (228 Abbott St.), now featuring Valcucine. Mingle with the design-minded! Friday, September 21 from 8pm-late, with beverages from Mission Hill Family Estate and Strathcona Beer Company. RSVP required.

Kate Duncan
GRAY awards the best in exhibit space design on the show floor. Five recipients will receive a handmade, custom award created by Vancouver-based furniture designer Kate Duncan. Duncan is known for her bold, contemporary wood designs featuring local hardwood in its purest form. GRAY editors will view all exhibit spaces Thursday at The Party on Opening Night, and you’ll find the awards displayed in the winning booths throughout the weekend.

September 21

Gray's how to get published panel at ids vancouver 2018
11:30 am

How to Get Published in 2018

You’re ready to share your work with the world, now what? Step one: resist the impulse to post until you consider media coverage. Find out why and more in this enlightening and empowering session for design professionals. GRAY’s Senior Editor Rachel Gallaher, along with Design Milk Founder Jaime DerringerTomos Lewis, Toronto Bureau Chief at Monocle; and Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Executive Director of Azure magazine, will share insider tips on how to successfully pitch your project and tell your design story in today’s evolving editorial landscape. From “fake news” to Instagram “likes,” we’re covering it all—this is your chance to get inside the mind of an editor. Bring your questions!

Jennifer McCullum, Managing Editor of GRAY magazine

Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk
Rachel Gallaher, Senior Editor of GRAY magazine 
Tomos Lewis, Toronto Bureau Chief, Monocle
Elizabeth PagliacoloExecutive Director of Azure magazine

3 pm

Alberto Minotti

Presented in partnership with Habitat by Aeon
Design, according to Minotticucine, is about the process of subtraction. Following its design philosophy devoted to “visual silence” and to the principles of “less is more,” second-generation designer Alberto Minotti, whose father founded the celebrated Italian design company in 1949, will illuminate the design philosophy centered around “silence for the eyes, calm for the spirit.” In kitchen design, this no easy feat. In conversation with GRAY Managing Editor Jennifer McCullum, hear from this world-class designer about innovation in material and design in Minotticucine, and how you can harness the power of visual silence to elevate your design concepts.


September 22

12 pm

HOT NEW NEXT: Championship Round

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, will face off in this Dragon’s Den-style program, presenting a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling new design-related concept or product to an expert panel. Judges will offer real-time feedback on the contestants’ pitches and products before determining the ultimate winner, who will win a cash prize, judge mentorship, and the designation of truly being the next big thing in Pacific Northwest design.


Kristen Becker
Mutuus Studio

danny chartier

Danny Chartier
Cofounder & Designer,
Montauk Sofa

shannon heth

Shannon Heth
Founder & President,
Milk Creative Communications

theazel lee

Thealzel Lee
Entrepreneur & President,
E-Fund Angel Investment Fund

scott maclaren

Scott MacLaren
Seattle Proprietor,
Design Within Reach


GRAY magazine hot new next sponsors
2 pm

Modern Prefab and Mass Timber: Architecture of the Future

The dream of accessible, modern prefab construction is within reach, and the Pacific Northwest is leading the charge. From higher energy performance to lower costs in the design and construction process, prefab is often better for the environment, and it opens up the possibility of owning a modern home to a wider range of consumers. We’ll dive deep into the residential design and construction process with leading firms, and explore the future of mass timber in the architecture of our cities—all while viewing real-world, gorgeous examples of this emerging trend.

Rachel Gallaher, Senior Editor, GRAY magazine

Bec Chapin, COO + Co-founder of NODE
John Hemsworth, Founder and Principal of Hemsworth Architecture
Herb Locke, Founder, EnKind Homes
Kristin Slavin, Architect at PATH Architecture


September 23


Let’s Talk Trends

Experts in their fields, our panelists discuss what’s happening and what’s next in design trends. Never satisfied with just skimming the surface, we’ll cover the big-picture evolution of how today’s families and individuals live, how technology and sustainability plays an ever-increasing role, and how you can look for ways to avoid making design choices that will quickly become outdated. Come hear what’s on the horizon.

Stacy Kendall, Chief Creative Officer of GRAY magazine

Mary Burgers, Interior Designer, Burgers Architecture
Chrissy Cottrell, founder of Chrissy & Co., & Curated Home by Chrissy & Co.
Chad Falkenberg, co-founder of Falken Reynolds Interiors
Jim Friesz, co-founder of Mutuus Studio