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IDS Vancouver: Hot Trends at Newly Named, Always Exciting Home Show

Michelle Hopkins
September 7, 2016

The name might have changed, but the 12th Annual IDS Vancouver show, running September 22 to 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, promises to be just as exciting as in previous years. spoke to the show director Jody Phillips to find out why the name-change from IDS West to IDS Vancouver. She replies: “We are very proud to now be the largest design fair in western North America. In recent years there has been a significant design boom here in the West. Establishing ourselves on the international stage has been a long time coming. No longer can we be identified as “west” because on the world stage, one would wonder ‘west of what?’”

This year’s show is expected to attract a record 36,000 attendees, including 7,000-plus interior designers, architects, builders, developers and other trade professionals.

High-End Ceramics – and an Inverted House

IDS Vancouver 2016 will highlight some new themes and features.Phillips is especially excited about the team’s “pet project”, Clay & Glaze.

“This feature elevates design works in ceramic out of the realm of craft and includes participating contemporary designers from London to Los Angeles to Brooklyn to Sydney, Australia,” she explains.

Another exciting element is the Inverted House designed by BAI Architects. IDS Vancouver has partnered with Design Milk for its third iteration of the Exchange. This year IDS will be hosting six exciting designers from Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

“The Inverted House is an installation that will house several current products from designers, Steven Banken, VANTOT, Dirk Vander Kooij and Ontwerpduo and is a not-to-be-missed stop on the show floor,” Phillips adds.

One constant for this rebranded design show is that people from all over Metro Vancouver visit the fair to glean inspiration, mingle with leading international designers, peruse their newest creations and learn about their design approach.

“It’s a chance to celebrate all the talent in our design community and an incredible opportunity for dialogue about the way in which the West’s people, beauty and resources have influenced its culture of design,” she says.

Showcasing Homegrown Talent

In the end, Philips is thrilled to showcase “our amazing, talented homegrown local designers and furniture creators.”

Kate Duncan is up-and-coming local designer, whose sleek and timeless furniture is handcrafted from hardwood. During the show, she will be showcasing her new collection of custom made pieces, many of which are handcrafted in the old world principles of woodworking.

“I’m bringing along a custom, black walnut headboard I made for a client that is mounted with nightstands that seem to float,” Duncan tells

In addition, she’ll be featuring two dining room tables, a line of chairs, including launching new bar stools. “I’m inspired by the craft of woodworking and to keeping it simple, with little to no embellishments,” Duncan adds. 

Exhibiting Designers’ Advice and Trend Tips

Ramsin Khachi, guest speaker at the show, TV personality, design/build contractor, writer and interior designer:

  • Be creative, but also sensible, about design. “Design has to make sense and function well, while being creative,” he adds.
  • Do not go for today’s trends, rather go for lifestyle trends.
  • Good style is a product of a person’s level of self-confidence and personal expression, says Khachi. “Rather than talk about trends, people should be asking themselves why are they attracted to something,” Khachi adds. “If you like what you see and believe in what you like, you have style.”
  • Always go for classic and elegant and you will have a beautiful home.
  • Don’t get stuck with rules; they are meant to be broken.
  • Mix modern with traditional and vintage.
  • It’s all in the beautiful details. “I have a polished nickel black faucet with a gold pendant light hanging above it and it works,” Khachi says. “I also have a mantel made out of bronze … it’s stunning.”

Heather Ross, speaker at IDS Vancouver, artist, photographer, author, stylist and owns a boutique in the Armoury District:

  • Create beautiful vignettes with pieces picked up during your travels. Simple, well curated vignette tells the story of your family
  • For those who love West coast inspired design, think coastal, beachy, but not nautical unless it’s a summer home or a yacht 
  • Ask yourself: Why I’m drawn to something? Where do I get my inspiration from? “When people connect to what they like or to childhood memories, that will help guide their design choices,” she says.
  • “Don’t be a slave to trends. If you don’t, you won’t get tired of your design.”
  • Trends happen for a reason … mostly they come from what is happening in the world and it trickles down into décor.
  • If something doesn’t resonate with you, don’t buy it. It can be a costly mistake.
  • If you do want to be current, then buy trends such as cushions and rugs
  • If you can afford it, go for the real deal instead of the mass produced or cheaply made reproduction.

Jamie Pryde, interior designer, designer of the show’s VIP Lounge, owner/founder of The Edit in Vancouver, guest on Marilyn Denis Show and named one of Gray magazine's "Hot New Next” designers:

  • Blend styles and never go for “matchy, matchy” items.
  • Rooms should look like they have been organically designed. “A room should reflect the owner’s personality and be authentic,” he adds.
  • Always add vintage/antique pieces to our décor. “Antique pieces are alive … they tell stories.”
  • Easiest way to accessorize is with flowers and greenery – they give soul to a room.
  • Look to the fashion world for inspiration for your interior design.
  • If you have luxury pieces, use them. Don’t let them collect dust.

IDS Vancouver runs from September 22 to 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. For more information or to purchase tickets for, visit

Michelle Hopkins
Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with extensive magazine, newspaper and online writing experience in home décor, new home developments, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Michelle writes for many notable publications including Real Estate Weekly and other Glacier Media Group publications, Western Living Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Home Décor & Renovations, to name just a few. Michelle is passionate about anything to do with real estate.