Kelowna Interior Design Update: Vancouver "Inspiration" Trip

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By  Gisela Scholze, BID, NCIDQ, PID
Interior Design Department Head, Kelowna

In the midst of their intense preparation for the Mission Group project, our quarter 6 Interior Design students have just returned from 2 power-packed days of tours in Vancouver. We were able to tour the Livingspace, Inform, Steelcase, Herman Miller, William Switzer and Anne Starr showrooms. The purpose of the tour was inspiration for our hard working students, exposing them to the latest and greatest new furniture products in Vancouver.

Here’s who we went to see:

Livingspace

Specializes in custom kitchens as well as modern classic furniture.  Created by internationally recognized designer Omer Arbel, the Livingspace showroom features a curated selection of top international brands. The store’s core home furnishings business has expanded to include lighting, outdoor furniture, architectural doors, closet systems and Canada’s first Arclinea kitchen studio.

Bocci

The unique collection of lighting and interior designs from Vancouver’s Bocci, headed by ex-architect Omer Arbel, is as distinct as the individual, each one containing minor flaws and imperfections that add a nuance to the overall line of elegant lighting their company provides.

The simple collection is rated more for size than style, since most of the sconces, pendant lights, chandeliers, and even wall plates are variations on clear glass or white foundations. Every once in a while they’ll throw a curve ball in, like the Pings Bench that uses pleated fabric as cushioning material.

Arbel’s vision remains pure. His company’s pieces are dedicated to his fascination with the object, and though design elements are few, his collection remains pertinent to the modern dwellings and cultural establishments where Bocci’s best work is usually seen.

Inform Interiors

Inform Interiors has been a leading authority on interior furnishings and lighting in Vancouver, Canada for nearly 50 years. The simple philosophy of offering only the best in furniture, lighting and home accessories from around the globe and being never knowingly undersold has set Inform apart.

Heritage Office | Steelcase

Steelcase and Heritage Office located in Vancouver provide total workspace solutions, from executive offices and individual and team workstations, to conference and training rooms and file storage areas. Delivering the right office furniture solution at the right price, while maintaining quality and respecting the environment is what makes us the best office furnishings provider in western Canada.

Workplace Resource | Herman Miller

Since 1993, Workplace Resource Group (WRG) has furnished some of the most prestigious offices throughout the Canada and the USA.  Their reputation for providing quality office furnishings and unparalleled service continues to be their focus.  WRG specializes in commercial, healthcare, education, and government furnishings.  They offer a full menu of furniture related services, from furniture installation, relocation, liquidation, maintenance, and on-going support.

William Switzer

William Switzer & Associates LTD. is a business founded by Mr. William Switzer in 1952 as a full service interior design business. Since 1978 the company has evolved into a business that specializes in the production of beautiful handmade furnishings including bespoke custom furnishings, fine quality antique reproductions, original house designs, and the Lucien Rollin Collection, for the world’s finest practioners of Interior Design.

William Switzer and Associates is the world’s sole licensed manufacturer of the designs of Lucien Rollin, one of the Moderne Masters of France. This highly coveted and exclusive collection of dining, seating and occasional furniture has been highly acclaimed, coveted and collected by some of the world’s greatest interior designers and celebrities alike.

AnneStarr Agencies

AnneStarr is British Columbia’s premier supplier of textile and accessories to interior designers and related trades. We have a vast collection of over 100 designer textile lines, wallpapers, trimmings and accessories including some of industry’s most prestigious and hard to find textile fabrics. For almost 20 years, AnneStarr has built their reputation on service and selection and continue to strive to accommodate the needs of the interior design trade in the Lower Mainland and B.C.

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