around town


IDS came together rather impressively as a hybrid of virtual talks, digital fair, and live micro events. Personally, I quite enjoy the micro events, being a more charming and personal experience in contrast to a loud, bright bustling space. If you particularly favour the Italian imported products, the Italian Chambers of Commerce in Canada has put together a beautiful lineup of vendors and showrooms on their IDS event page


In Poliform‘s first year of presence in Vancouver (commercial, new construction, residential), though the entire showroom is smart and modern, the custom closets on the upper floor of the showroom really take my breath away. As I’m taken through the tour, automated hidden lighting rods as slim as chopsticks light the shelving so subtly you don’t even realize there is lighting installed. Adjustable from warm light to natural white light, and something in-between – brilliant.

Poliform’s in-house designer works with “Star-chitects” to collaborate on designs, keeping the details unique and of course, customizable.

gorgeous cocktail reception table setting

HFA Custom Art

Opening its doors to a retail level, HFA rolls out a new program, working with artists to offer their clients custom framing services. Makes sense for an artist who doesn’t want to necessarily frame before a sale.

I managed to get a tour of the print room before heading to the next event, and let me say – what a relief to know how extensive the custom print (and framing) options are, along with the care given to each custom print, only complete with the artists’ final approval.

workspace behind the showroom walls

Ambry Interiors

Proudly offering brands of Italy and 1 of Spain, Ambry Interiors keeps it personal with mainly residential clientele. The charming Railtown design district showroom is simple and uncluttered. Shawn’s eyes glow as he tells me how he started the business 7 years ago as a roving company until its first fixed showroom 4 years ago.

From the conception’s design and local measurements to coordinating the final installation, the owner personally sees to each detail. The Italian/European “modular” system of standardized units is a failsafe in product delivery (no more “oh no!” materials cut short of precision). This allows the manufacturers to use high quality materials, achieved at a significant economic advantage to the client. YAY!


Tonight’s event was simple and refined. Really amazing space in the building. Very well hand-selected designers, and the lighting displays are beautifully curated in an impressive selection of designs yet not overwhelming in presentation. I would consider it designer made-to-measure lighting vs. bespoke.

Lightform showcases pieces from earthy designers based in New York sourcing reclaimed wood (Stickbulb) to immensely glamourous pieces dripping (literally) with fine chains (Terzani La Luce Pensata).

Photographed by Jana Bizzarri

PLAIDFOX x WESTERN LIVING     design challenge

Any industry youngling could not ask for a more supportive community. Vancouver is constantly canvassing new talent.

Set in a double-storey showspace (the gorgeous Montauk Sofa/Valcucine Kitchen showroom) defined by it’s Gastown brick walls and a seemingly bottomless ceiling, a challenge hosted by Plaidfox Studio in partnership with Western Living, set for the artists to design a small space up for renovation at the beautiful Buchan Hotel. The prize offering of a generous scholarship, prestigious branding and marketing services, magazine feature, and coveted internship already put stars in my eyes.

As the 5 finalists presented their designs, none were short of engaging all the right senses, some whimsical and others tugging at heartstrings.

With Architectural Designer, Biana Fusco Zanatta of M.Zanatta Homes & Design at Plaidfox Studio x Western Living event Photographed by Jamie-Lee Fuoco
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