For those of you who aren’t familiar with IDS West, you are missing out! Every year at the end of September is a week that most of us in the Architecture and Designer (A & D) community look forward to. For many years IDS was only on the east coast in Toronto, but since it arrived in Vancouver it has quickly gained traction with not only designers, but also the public. With every year that passes, it seems to get much bigger and better! Not only are there thousands of square feet of trade show floor to explore, but also great talks, seminars and new products to check out. It isn’t uncommon to emerge from IDS a few hours later with lots of new inspiration and a very heavy bag filled with new finds! Read on for our highlights from IDS West 2017.
Opening Night Party
If there is one social event that you have to go to, it is the Opening Night party. This is a well-known fact as the line up to get in was longer than ever, but absolutely worth it. Although the show floor is completely open, it is unlikely you will see most of it as you will find yourself socializing most of the time. The event is a great place to network, catch up with other designers and suppliers! With a live band, strategically placed bars and seating areas, the night will be over before you know it! Fret not, the show is open for Trade Day the next morning and to the public right after that. And if you are looking for more social opportunities, Gray Magazine also hosts a very fun afterparty on Friday night!
New & Noteworthy
There is never a shortage of new products at IDS West, but there are a few that caught our eye this year. If you have been reading this blog for awhile, it is no secret that we love all things Scandinavian. We were thrilled when we found out that IDS had a HAY pop-up this year. You could find anything from toothbrushes and towels, to notebooks and trays. It took some restraint not to buy it all! Another fun and clever product we saw was the intelligent wallcoverings and modular accessories for the active workspace by Foster. The wallcoverings are magnetic with fun color and patterns. The magnetic accessories snapped right to them and could be moved around for different types of work! A great system to liven up any workspace whether it be at work or home.
Did you check out IDS West this year? Share with us your highlights with the hashtag #area3idswest