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IDSwest is just around the corner, bringing design pros, presenters, and exhibitors to Vancouver’s Convention Centre from September 29 to October 2. IDSwest is known for bringing some of the biggest design talents to town (last year featured none other than über designer Karim Rashid), and it’s one of the best fall events to take in for a bit of inspiration.

I’ve been attending IDSwest for a few years now, and this year’s line-up features another group of both forward-thinking and thought-provoking designers. A few highlights include:

L41 home exterior

Think Small
The L41 220 square foot home will surprise small space cynics with its smart design and incredible functionality. Designed to be a mass-produced, state-of-the-art house, the L41 is poised to become part of the important group of affordable designs such as the $2,500 Tata car.
Think Big
Come visit one of the largest booths on the IDSWest floor. Home décor hotspot IKEA will present a large industrial bistro kitchen space complete with harvest table and induction stovetop demos.

Fluoro chair, Jack lights
Tom one On
Straight from the UK and presented by Inform Interiors, the Tom Dixon pop-up bar is set to be the hottest spot to meet up on the IDSWest floor. With a dockside atmosphere decked out in Jack Lights, Slab tables and Fluoro chairs, the signature cocktails that will be served alongside will match Dixon’s unique style.
Meet Cheryl Tiegs
Sports Illustrated swimsuit icon Cheryl Tiegs will be at IDSwest signing autographs and unveiling new Cambria colours on Thursday, September 29. There will be a Cambria fashion show later that day (6:45 pm) featuring models showing off Cambria countertop’s latest colour collection.

Molo Design's soft shelter
Emergency Situation
Exclusively at IDSWestMolo Design will unveil the new soft shelter. Designed for post-disaster aid, this paper solution is poised to provide relief to millions.
Designer Fascination
Ross Lovegrove’s projects include some of the most memorable designs of each decade, including Sony Walkmans for Sony and Apple computers. Both design professionals and the public are invited to join this forward thinker on Friday, September 30 5:00 pm, as he presents “Fantastica”. This project is aimed at inspiring a new view of the future as design, nature, art, science and technology fuse together to create incredible new possibilities.
The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 200 vetted exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers and consumers. IDSwest examines the most cutting-edge art, architecture, lighting and design. For more information visit the website.

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