The fall season brings about a lot of great annual events to Vancouver. Case in point, Interior Design Show West, happening at the (new) Vancouver Convention Centre from October 14 to 17.

Nico chair

This is your chance to feast your eyes on gorgeous design from around BC and abroad. I’ve been to IDS West in previous years and always come away newly inspired in so many ways. As a graphic designer, I appreciate the dimensionality of interior/product design and am in awe of what some of these designers can conjure up!

IDS West design examples

In case you hadn’t already heard, world-famous designer Karim Rashid will be speaking on Friday, October 15, at 4:30 pm. Karim has won over 300 design awards and his talent is recognized in over 35 countries to date.

Karim Rashid, Designer

Karim’s unique style can be found in so many products and places. He has collaborated with hoteliers and restauranteurs around the globe.

Cisal Kawa Collection, 2007
[Karim Rashid: Cisal Kawa Collection, 2007]

From high tech (LaCie) to luxury goods (Swarovski), he’s a legend and continues to exhibit his work in galleries. He’s won the prestigious Red Dot award, I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review, IDSA, and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, to name a few.

In addition to Karim’s Vancouver appearance, a handful of talent is lined up for the event’s Para Design Stage:

Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe of Sarah’s House 3 on HGTV

Kelly Deck, Director of Kelly Deck Design, a full-service interior design firm based in Vancouver

Tony Robins, internationally renowned architect, owner of Vancouver-based AA Robins Architectural firm
Jennifer Kostuik, Vancouver gallery owner
Johnson McLeod, Design Consultant
Larry Beasley, former Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver
Maginnis Cocivera, Urban Designer who’s worked alongside Larry Beasley
Joseph Hruda, founder and President of CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning; principal of CIVITAS Architecture, Inc.

Martha Sturdy table

For tickets to the show and/or the opening night event, click here.


  • Comment by Catherine — October 1, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    I go every year and love the gorgeous things on display! Can’t wait!!

  • Comment by George — October 1, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Do you know whether the speakers will be in attendance at the opening night event?

  • Comment by Simon R. — October 1, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Getting Karim Rashid to Vancouver is one heck of a coup. Well done, IDS 🙂

  • Comment by arianec — October 2, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    George –

    I asked the media relations director and no, the speakers won’t be coming until Friday for their engagement.

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