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The LA Exchange at IDS West 2015

For the 2nd Exchange at IDS West we are honoured to be working with Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk, who has curated six product designers from Los Angeles at the forefront of the city’s design community. Influenced by a carefree culture and climate these designers have a unique perspective on design – refined yet playful and light-hearted.

Falken Reynolds designed the exhibit to connect LA’s modernist past with the design scene of the present. The envelope references Richard Neutra’s houses, concrete blocks and sunshine while the interior is awash in colour to showcase the vibrancy of the exhibitors.

Shown above in the feature image, Bend Goods, founded by Gaurav Nanda, a sculptor and designer from Michigan, is based on Nanda’s passion for making functional yet sculptural objects. The company has already been featured on HGTV and in publications like Elle Décor, Vogue, Dwell, both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, Design Milk, and Architectural Digest among many others.

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Black Crow Studios specializes in custom made wall murals as well as custom canvases to evoke each customer’s personal style. They believe every project is a unique challenge to push their boundaries and think outside the box by always bringing something new to the table.

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Brendan Ravenhill studio specializes in modern lighting and furniture design. Their simple chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces evoke a mid-century feel fused with contemporary forms. Their designs are devoid of excess and ornament, striving for a logical celebration of physics, material and craft.

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Eric Trine designs by making, rather than drawing – each project/product begins in his studio, using only his hands and tools. His projects vary from small scale design/build for commercial clients, to furniture, to sculpture, and decorative objects for the home.

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Jory Brigham grew up among generations of woodworkers and craftsmen and discovered his own creative voice at an early age. Built on top of a philosophy that opts for hand tools and raw materials over a more industrial, mechanized approach, each piece that Jory designs gives credence to this classic approach and it’s because of this approach that no two pieces can be exactly identical.

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Wolfum is a textile line of tabletop and home goods. They incorporate traditional items into the contemporary home with a nod to vintage, and a respect for modernity, eco-kindness and functionality. Their combination of traditional wood working craftsmanship and forward, proprietary printing technique sets them apart in the home décor market.

Founded by Jaime Derringer, Design Milk is an online magazine covering what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology. Design Milk has been featured in various publications including the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Chronicle, and has been noted on Twitter’s “Who to Follow” list of influencers in Art and Design. It’s also been featured in books, and is read by many entertainers, hundreds of retailers, magazine editors, and HGTV hosts and designers.

LA Exchange at IDS West – Contributors

We designed the LA Exchange exhibit at IDS West with the incredible help of these Vancouver companies: Interstyle Cermic & Glass, Moosehead Contracting, German Craft and Object Outdoors.

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Interstyle Ceramic + Glass is a custom tile manufacturer in Vancouver – producing this custom glass pattern in our Colourful Condo project. Made-to-order tile, customized in any combination of colour, size and finish, is delivered in under three weeks. They specialize in working with the design community to create breathtaking tiles for projects on any scale. They have generously cladded the exterior of the LA Exchange with custom tile and glass slab designed by Falken Reynolds.

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German Craft is a general contractor specializing in residential, marine and installation of innovative construction products from Europe. They are the Vancouver distributors and installers of CLIPSO, a wall and ceiling system used in lieu of drywall as a green alternative with added performance benefits. They have generously provided and installed the backlit wall and ceiling at the LA Exchange.

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Moosehead Contracting is a boutique custom home building and renovation company in Vancouver. While managing entire custom projects, they are heavily involved in the design details and pride themselves on quality workmanship, strategic planning and great communication. They have skillfully executed the construction of the LA Exchange.

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At Object Outdoors they design and manufacture fine quality planters and accessories. Refined design and use of sustainable materials ensure their products are objects you can enjoy and be proud to own. They have provided all of the greenery and the custom aluminum planters for the LA Exchange.

Millwork as Furniture

The kitchen at our Hemlock project takes up nearly half the main floor of the 100 year old townhouse. To keep it from dominating the space, we designed the millwork to feel like pieces of furniture – balancing convenience for the chef with warmth and comfort for hosting guests.

Our thanks to: Janis Nicolay for the photo.

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At our Hemlock Street townhouse, we incorporated a black stove to add a contrasting element as well as to reference open flames and cast iron pots from a bygone era.

Our Thanks to : Terris Lightfoot Contracting for the contract work and Janis Nicolay for the photo.

Review 5: Salone del Mobile 2015 – Exhibits, Events & Parties

With hundreds of events and exhibits to attend we always feel like we only scratch the surface. A few highlights that made for an unforgettable week.

Wallpaper Magazine and Caesarstone hosted a VIP dinner to launch Philippe Malouin’s installation – a giant swing set – at Palazzo Serbelloni. The guest-list was a mix of design heavyweights, emerging talents, the crews from Wallpaper and Caeasarstone and other Canadians from the Interior Design Show and Azure. We were pinching each other the whole night and super honoured to be Caesarstone’s guests after our collaboration together on the central bar Shed at last fall’s IDS West.

The feature image at the top of the post is Kelly enjoying a pre-dinner swing with a glass of Veuve


“Jeux Noirs” – black games Dessert by Studio Appetit


Mario Bellini celebrating after popping the balloon from our dessert – to release salt inside

Nendo’s retrospective took over a huge space, showcasing a wide range of products for Glas Italia as well as showcasing his design process. His exhibits are always a highlight because they show the thinking that leads to the studio’s finished work.


One of several rooms showcasing the exploration of glass furniture


Soft glass table


Design process of a chair


Kisame – the Japanese word for rain dripping from a tree branch. One of the twenty bottles in a series exploring the relationship between language and design. rain.


The Tom Dixon VIP party included Tom, with other members of the studio, on stage performing for the crowd.

The Wallpaper Handmade & Afghanmade exhibitions are always highlights – unlikely pairings of designers and manufacturers exploring each other’s talents and expertise.

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The Rotunda Serotina was a dynamic and interactive installation of American cherry: Attendees were invited to take a wooden plate from the structure, creating a digital – albeit slow – effect with the most analog and tactile participation

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David Collins Studio worked with Cutipol on a set of spoons reinvented for modern use

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Nanamarquina developed a new round rug with weavers from Afghanastan


We spent an afternoon at temporary exhibit with the largest collect of Leonardo da Vinci’s work in Italy. Standing in front of the Vitruvian Man was monumental – the man is celebrated because his process was much like a designer – exploring the meeting point of technology and art, and using a scientific process in creative pursuits.

The week ended with a private party at Barnaba Fornasetti’s home. The atmosphere can only be described as a party scene from a Felinni film set in a wonderland of Fornasetti artifacts.


Plates in a hallway


Magazine files Vogue circa 1955

Until next year Milan…

Review 4: Salone del Mobile 2015 – Emerging Designers

The Salone brings out the best and most successful of the established designers, but it also brings out the young, students and designers who are just emerging onto the international stage. These are the people who will be designing the future, and give us the best taste of what tomorrow might look like.

Lee Broom took over a small space in the city to display his lighting, furniture and objects. The space was decked out like a department store in monochromic grey.





Sebastian Herkner showed a beautiful pendant for Fontana Arte and a full range of glass containers, lighting and tables for Pulpo



Philippe Malouin’s collaboration with Caesarstone showed an innovative use of the slab material for a series of vases and tables. As well as the Eclipse sconce for Roll & Hill.


Apparatus Studio from New York took on their own space this year in the 5Vie district across from BDW. They are capturing the essence of the hand made American craftsmanship with a more refined and elegant bent. No surprise we saw Holly Hunt in the neighbourhood.


Also in 5Vie Luogo Comume showed a rather comfortable and ergonomic chairs due to a tilting back.


Review 3: Salone del Mobile 2015 – Lighting & Furniture Favourites

A few more products of note that we’re excited to incorporate into future projects.

Michael Anastassiades showed a selection of new mobiles and pendants for his namesake brand. His work is refined and glamorous but also playful and


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Happy Together 4 Stack


Bocci’s stand was again one of the best at the fair – showcasing organic and handmade fixtures among a sea of technical and machined products at the fair. “73” looked amazing in a large installation – like clouds floating in and throughout.

Roll & Hill unveiled a number of decidedly American feel – substance and craftsmanship with a refinement referencing the 20’s


Castle Pendant by Jason Miller


Shape Up by Ladies & And Gentlemen


Mini Farrago by Jason Miller


Seed 04 by Brec Brittain


Eclipse Sconce by Philippe Malouin


Officina Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Magis


Shimmering series by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia


Table from Glas Italia


Kaari Collection of shelves and tables by Ronan & Erwin Rouroulllec for Artek


Cypris Mirror from Classicon


Foscarini introduced new finishes like this more translucent version of Chouchin

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New vases & colours by Ronan & Erwin Bouroullec from Iitalla

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Sit testing the Roundish lounge chair from Maruni

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Candy by The Campana Brothers for Lasvit

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Polygon pendant by Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus for Lasvit

Review 2: Salone del Mobile 2015 – Jaime Hayon

Besides seeing him several mornings at our neighbourhood cafe Jaime Hayon seemed to be everywhere in Milan. His designs are soft, optimistic, playful and accessible and even the most expensive pieces have a casualness. Many of his new creations for this Salone have a sense of practicality.

New chairs and tables for one of our favourite Scandinavian brands Fritz Hansen.


Fri lounge chair, a lower backed companion to Ro.


The Sammen dining chair




We’re excited that Fritz Hansen is introducing new colours and finishes to some of it’s most iconic pieces.



Jamie Hayon’s Mila chair for Magis was the first product he has designed in plastic. It takes a nod from the curves in his chairs for BD Barcelona and Cecoti but renders them in a very accessible material.


A series of side tables for Cassina



Hayon’s pavilion at the Garden of Wonders – a series of micro exhibits that where designers created environments related the scents of leading perfumeries.