Renske Werner is a writer and illustrator currently residing in Vancouver, BC. Her illustrations are inspired by everyday life and allow delightful pauses when scrolling your IG feed on busy days. Mostly editorial, her aesthetic is modern with a positive vibe. As a writer she finds joy in uncovering smart design solutions that help improve the world around us.
Rarely mentioned in the same breath as Milan, London, or Copenhagen, one should start to consider Vancouver as a destination for design. Why? Because of its grassroots local design scene, one that is exceptionally collaborative and thoughtful. Albeit small, the local Pacific Northwest Design community is characterized by an environmentally conscious bunch that is looking to play up their local materials sources. Take a look at some of the reasons why we love IDS Vancouver:
Measured Architecture is championing recycling and reuse of materials from home demolition, happening on the regular in Vancouver. In collaboration with companies like Unbuilders and Powers Construction they stand at the forefront of a big shift in waste footprint in their industry.
Local furniture manufacturer Lock & Mortice‘s booth was exemplary in telling the story about sustainable design. As is their daily practice in their workshop, this booth is a 100% zero-waste space; all materials are repurposed or recycled after tear down. Special mention goes to Lock & Mortice’s Carmanah table with a black marble base, sourced from a local Vancouver Island quarry.
While the local design scene focused on sustainability, another highlight at IDS Vancouver was the intersection of food and design with two experiential and interactive spaces involving the Dutch. Eating designer Marije Vogelzang designed Seeds; a collaboration with Caesarstone that takes the visitor on an eating journey while listening to the story of a seed returning to the earth.
Edible Futures is an initiative from the The Dutch Institute of Food and Design in which artists and designers from around the world imagined what and how we eat in a future where our current food sources have been depleted.
Each year IDS collaborates with local designers in exciting offsite events and this year Studio CM Rocked the scene with their popular Temporary Bar Service, a collaboration with ANDlight, Vertical Grain Projects, and Lock & Mortice. What is usually their studio and workspace was transformed into a conceptual experience and journey through pitch dark hallways, a bright ANDlight exhibit, and a moody cocktail bar.