The Best from IDSwest 2015

IDSwest took place this weekend after displaying a whole lot of design and presenting talks from Jonathan Adler, Orlando Soria, Tommy Smythe, and Philippe Malouin, to name a few. Design Milk was happy to have a presence there in the booth we curated called The LA Exchange, which stood alongside many of the great West Coast designers. Take a look at some of our favorites presented at this year’s IDSwest in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Part of The New Frontier, presented by American Standard, this massive chandelier was created by Standard Socket and urbancase.


The Floating House Shelves, from Straight Line Design, bring a bit of modern architecture to your walls while also providing storage.


Designers Zoë Pawlak and Jeff Martin teamed up to present their work in which they collaborated on several new designs.


Hinterland Design had a beautifully lit booth full of their signature style work that centers around wood and textiles.


Montauk Sofa presented the ALEX sofa, which is quite possibly the largest, most comfortable sofa I’ve ever experienced. The back and arm cushions stand up or fold over, whatever you’re more comfortable with.


Merkled Studio was part of the Portland Pop-Up, which brought in a sampling of amazing design that the city has to offer, and they displayed their simple, yet incredibly practical coat hooks and a coat rack.


Cerno featured some brand-new pieces, like this faceted pendant that is clad in dark stained wood with a brushed stainless interior.


MTH Woodworks’ Bloom Coffee/Side Table/Stool is made from Western Red Cedar trees that are filled in with resin.


Pistol Bespoke’s minimalist wooden accessories included these stylish clocks.


Arostegui Studio designed the Sofi Bench pushing the limits of concrete to form a conceptual design that’s reminiscent of his dog, Sofi.


RUFproject participated in the Dinner by Design exhibition at IDSwest and their bold tablescape utilized light panels behind nine sheets of Oriented Strand Board that were partially cut out for furniture parts. On the table itself, they used a mix of Iittala glassware.


Another exhibitor for the Dinner by Design was the Vancouver Design Bureau, a rotating collective of local designers. They joined forces to create everything seen in the installation, including the furniture, walls, tableware, flatware, and placemats.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.