Vancouver Design Week ended this weekend with IDS West, and a few of us were lucky enough to check out some of the great industrial design the city has to offer. The exhibition included the usual display of granite counter tops and wood floor panels, but there seemed to be an increased focus on new, local, and inventive designers, which made the show a blast to wander around. Here are a few of my favourite displays:


Umbra Shift at IDS West

Any opportunity to check out Vancouver Special’s Umbra Shift shop will always be a highlight.


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Montauk made us all want plaid couches (but only if they come in completely empty plaid rooms.)


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One of our favourite new industrial designers (and recent Emily Carr Grad, and fellow A Pop Up Affair founder) Char Kennedy had her Frame chair and Stacks side table on display in the Prototype booth. Trust me when I say this chair is beautiful to sit on, and cross your fingers it will go into production one day.


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Another friend/collabortator/A Pop Up Affair founder Romney Shipway made some waves with his beautiful cement and wood collection of tables and benches.


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While there were some truly awesome entries in the Dinner By Design exhibit, the conceptual post-apocalyptic global warming display was clearly our favourite. From the hurricane-ravaged shed roof to the shabby-chic newspaper tablecloth, this dinner setting let viewers enjoy some beautiful interior design AND think about the most important issue of our age. Design at its bourgeois best.