Intoducing the Interior Design Show West Happening This Fall for 4 Days Print
Thursday, 08 July 2010 07:36

IDSwest_01From October 14th – 17th, over 200 exhibitors will gather under the roof of Vancouver’s new convention centre for Western Canada’s  residential design event: Interior Design Show West (IDSwest). In addition to highlighting interior designers, architects, and design-focused products and services, this year’s show will also feature presentations from Canadian Design Celebrity Sarah Richardson, host of Sarah’s House on HGTV, as well as a student design feature, a ‘made in BC’ complete living unit, a local design challenge, and the second annual installation of Designing Inside the Box.

From what began in 2004 as Design Vancouver, IDSwest has grown into one of the West Coast’s largest design events. Featuring some of the top architectural, interior, and landscape design firms in the country and numerous retailers showcasing quality products and services, the show provides a forum for both trade and consumers alike to explore design in a contemporary context through public workshops, presentations and innovative special features.

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Featured Exhibitors


Nico Spacecraft
Robert’s Creek based Nico Spacecraft is a Small 'Design & Build' studio focused on pairing handcrafted durability and detail with modish design.

The studio designs and builds furniture, cabinetry, models and prototypes for design enthusiasts who are intrigued by space and structure.

IDSwest_03Blu Bathworks
Conceived by the singular vision of international designer Michael Gottschalk, Blu Bathworks is a harmonious line of contemporary and beautifully proportioned bathtubs, contemporary sinks, and European-style faucets. Gottschalk curates the Blu Bathworks collection personally, ensuring that each piece works beautifully together while maintaining the integrity of the modern bath environment.

Christian Woo
Christian Woo is a Vancouver-based woodworker who designs and builds custom furniture and interiors.

His work is inspired by the natural setting of the Pacific Northwest and influenced by the sculptural purity of Scandinavian and Japanese design. Christian recently launched his Covert collection (pictured) at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

IDSwest_06Martha Sturdy Inc.
Internationally renowned Canadian artist and designer Martha Sturdy creates wall art and sculptures as well as furniture and accessories using materials such as resin, brass and steel. Martha’s works are coveted globally and sold internationally.

Each piece is handcrafted at her studio in Vancouver or her farm in Pemberton.

Show Highlights

IDSwest_05Sarah Richardson, Co- Producer and Host of Sarah’s House on HGTV

Sarah Richardson began her career in lifestyle television 15 years ago as a behind-the-scenes prop stylist and set decorator. Within a year, Sarah found herself in high demand as an on screen personality, carving a niche for herself in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to design.

Sarah now has four hit shows: room service, design inc., Sarah's House series, and Sarah's Cottage. She has just completed shooting her new series, Sarah 101, airing on HGTV in 2011. Join Sarah for two talks at IDSwest 2010 at 7PM on Friday October 14th, and 1PM on Saturday, October 15th as she imparts decorating tips and answers questions from the audience.

Designing Inside the Box 2010 - Responsibly Designing Inside the Box
A highlight of IDSwest in 2009, this second annual feature will challenge six of British Columbia's premiere design and architectural firms (IDIBC Member firms) to construct an eight-foot square installation that demonstrates and defines the idea of responsible design. This year’s participants include: False Creek Design Group, Kasian Architecture, Ledingham Design, MCM Interiors,
Omicron and Jim Toy RID.

Design Challenge 2010 - Get CoRkEd
Each year, IDSwest puts the creativity of local designers to the test by challenging them to construct a unique application showcasing ingenuity via a pre-selected theme, material and concept. This year, the 2010 Design Challenge is mixing a little wine with a lot of design. Seven selected designers have been provided with 1500 wine bottle corks to produce an original design using this formerly fabricated material.

BC Designs
BC Designs will celebrate British Columbia’s thriving design sector in the largest feature space IDSwest has produced to date. Housed within a pre-built Preform structure, a technologically advanced home will be the foundation, and the interior will showcase progressive designs. True to its name, every staged item within this 800 square foot structure will be related to BC design.IDSwest_07

Studio North
Studio North is IDSwest's hub for introducing the next generation of designers to the West Coast design scene. These rising stars will showcase their very best within a 50 square foot space on the show floor.

About IDSwest

The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 200 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, and consumers. The event attracts over 28,000 attendees over three and a half days, and roughly 22,000 of these are avid design enthusiasts looking to source and purchase some of the latest trends and innovations in contemporary home design. For more information please visit

Location, Dates and Times

The Vancouver Convention Centre West
Thursday, October 14 - Opening Night 6PM-10PM
Friday, October 15 - Trade Only, no general public 10AM-4PM
Friday, October 15 - Open to the public 4PM-9PM
Saturday, October 16 - General Public 10AM-6PM
Sunday, October 17 - General Public 10AM-5PM


Tickets to IDSwest will be available at the door or online at
Adult General Admission $15.00 Students $ 10.00 Opening Night General Admission $20.00
Tickets pre-purchased online are available at a reduced rate of $10.00 until September 7th. After
September 7th tickets online will be available at a reduced rate of $12.00

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 July 2010 08:22