Local design inspo abounds at this year’s IDSwest

Local design inspo abounds at this year’s IDSwest

With a lineup of superstar speakers that includes designer Jonathan Adler and HGTV’s Tommy Smythe, plus a slew of new features like The LA Exchange (a showcase of cutting-edge work from Los Angeles curated by Design Milk and local design duo Falken Reynolds) and Swings by Philippe Malouin (an interactive exhibit where you can indulge your inner tot with a ride on one of 12 sophisticated swings), design inspo is ripe and ready for the taking at this year’s IDSwest.

Taking place Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27 at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West building (1055 Canada Place), the four-day fête is known for bringing to town the latest in international design — but it’s also the perfect spot for discovering local designers, artists, and makers who are doing great work at home.

Click through for some of our favourite local designers who will be exhibiting at IDSwest’s The District — a marketplace where you can browse and snag a variety of designed- and made-in-Canada goods.

Haejin Lee

Haejin Lee

Originally from South Korea, Haejin Lee is known both locally and internationally for her refreshingly modest ceramic works. From functional tableware to elegantly warped sculptures, Lee’s pieces possess a certain old-world charm while still maintaining a cool, modern quality.

Reclaimed Print Co.

Reclaimed Print Co.

Reclaimed Print Co.’s eclectic art and home decor products speak to the earth-saving side in all of us — each piece is crafted using locally sourced and sustainable wood and stone. The result? Statement-making maps, cheeky coasters, West Coast-inspired postcards, and many more items that will make you feel good about showing off.

Joue Design

Joue Design

Founded by designers — and entrepreneurial besties — Alison Kent and Cindy Yu, Joue Design creates luxury throw pillows that combine meticulous craftsmanship with the whimsy of hand-drawn and painted artwork. Expect dreamy watercolour prints in cool, earthy hues as the duo unveils their new fall/winter collection — a collaboration with Vancouver artist, Dana Mooney — at this year’s show.

Heyday Design

Heyday Design

With an eye for detail and plenty of patience, heyday design transforms everyday objects — think pop cans, acorns, and Mason jars — into beautiful porcelain pieces that fit right at home. Alongside these vintage-inspired goods, artist Claire Madill also makes a collection of ceramic jewellery that includes brooches, cufflinks, and earrings.

KT & Paul

KT & Paul

Inspired by music, art, and their own changing environments, husband-and-wife team Katie and Paul Morris have been crafting an assortment of original screen prints, paintings, and illustrations under the name KT & Paul since 2000. In addition to presenting a mix of old and new works at this year’s show, the pair will also be debuting a line of vibrant wallpapers — featuring playful, nature-inspired themes — with Toronto’s Roll Out.

Neon Mfg

Neon Mfg

There’s something inherently alluring about a neon sign — few other decor pieces have the power to draw you in, whether it’s within an urban, business or residential setting. Get the bright light look at home with Neon Mfg, makers of affordable (and customizable) neon signs that are bound to bring some edge — and mid-day motivation — to your space.

Mitani Designs

Mitani Designs

Made with ethically sourced materials and practices in mind, Mitani Designs brings eco-friendly style to nurseries and kids’ bedrooms. From bedding to bath linens to accessories, the line features a number of charming, tot-approved prints — think whimsical woodland creatures and fun, geometric patterns — that your little one can grow with for years to come.

LanaBetty Designs

LanaBetty Designs

LanaBetty Designs was born in 2010 from the idea that great style can be both affordable and locally produced, and owner and designer, Lana Lepper, has stayed true to this mission since. Her collections of jewellery and home accessories range from cheery paintings and paper goods to pretty, 3-D printed rings finished in shining metals like stainless steel, brass, and gold.

Natural Wool Knits

Natural Wool Knits

Natural Wool Knits’ selection of blankets, scarves, and accessories are Canadian in every sense of the word — designer Avi Selvig hand-knits each product from her Penticton home using only 100 per cent pure, Canadian wool. Typically loftier in nature, the wools make cozy pieces that are perfect for warming up — both indoors and out — during colder temps.

Vancouver Candle Co.

Vancouver Candle Co.

Our love for the city and beautiful, scented candles come together with Vancouver Candle Co., maker of premium soy blend candles that take after some of the city's most vibrant ‘hoods. From the Gastown — a musky blend of leather, tobacco, amber, and black pepper — to the North Shore — a woodsy fragrance with notes of mandarin and coriander — each candle is made using local, ethically-sourced materials that ensure a rich, long-lasting burn.