From September 26th – October 1st, nearly 40,000 designers and design enthusiasts will converge on downtown Vancouver for the annual Interior Design Show. The event brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design. With three and half days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers & leading products, IDS Vancouver is not just a fair — it’s a total design experience.

As we prepare for the event, here are five highlights from this year’s show that I am excited to explore!


Brand new for 2017, THE MIX is an exciting collection of displays, installations and talks both onsite and off starting on Tuesday, September 26th! 3 leading designers based in the Netherlands will join forces with 3 well-known Vancouver creators to collaborate on exhibits and design discussions both at the show and at the Vancouver-based designers’ and artists’ studios.

For more information on THE MIX and the scheduled events both off and onsite, visit THE MIX page on the IDS Vancouver website.

Tokyo Exchange

In it’s fourth year, this year’s Exchange will feature Tokyo. An enigmatic city, Tokyo’s design scene is a mixture of ancient and modern, liberal and conservative, east and west influences. Curated by Design Milk, the Tokyo Exchange will bring together works by innovative Tokyo-based design studios – we+ and Design for Industry. The installation will be designed by Vancouver-based FSOARK Architect Inc. For more information on what you can expect from The Exchange this year, click here.

Prototype and Studio North


Each year, IDS Vancouver is a great place to find unique pieces and new design talent! Two features we love include Prototype and Studio North. Prototype aims at showcasing the next generation of designers, featuring products that are not currently in production, bringing new ideas to the marketplace. Studio North is a marketplace for custom work and limited edition pieces. Both Canadian and international designers will be displaying custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like setting. Studio North is a great place to find a unique statement piece to add to your decor!

Walaland Central Bar Feature

When you’re ready to stop for refreshments, you’ll want to visit the Central Bar. London-based artist Camille Walala will be collaborating with ANN SACKS to transform the bar into joyful place filled with Camille’s signature tribal-pop prints, high-octane color combinations, and eye-popping graphics. The highlight of the design this year will be a 60-ft painted mural incorporating ceramic tiles from ANN SAKS as the backdrop for the bar. For more on the Walaland collaboration, click here.

HAY Pop Up Shop

Renowned Danish design brand HAY will be offering select pieces from their collection for purchase on-site at this special Pop Up Shop presented by Inform Interiors. The collection from HAY is inspired by the stable structures of architecture and the dynamics of fashion, combined to create quality products in cooperation with some of the world’s most talented, curious, and courageous designers. Click here for more details on what you can expect to see at this year’s Pop Up Shop.

Hope to see you there!

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Crystal Williams

As Online Editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine, Crystal has a passion for design and decor. She enjoys browsing the web to find new, exciting decor ideas, DIY projects and unique products to share with her readers. With formal training in graphic design and a background in the event planning/design business, Crystal looks at design from all angles to give readers a fresh perspective.

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