Designer Ross Lovegrove highlights IDSwest this week in Vancouver

IDSwest is forecasting the future at this year’s premium design event with keynote speaker and international award winning industrial designer Ross Lovegrove. As someone who creates what many in the design community see as the new aesthetic expression for the 21st century, Lovegrove will certainly bring a plethora of experimental and progressive ideas to the stage.

Lovegrove’s resumé spans nearly 30 years. His projects include some of the most memorable designs of each decade, including Walkmans for Sony and computers for Apple. Lovegrove is also the author of the widely successful Alessandri Office System. Winner of numerous awards, Lovegrove’s work has been extensively published and  exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the Design Museum (London), where in 1993 Lovegrove curated the first permanent collection. Lovegrove is also author of the book SUPERNATURAL, The Work of Ross Lovegrove by Phaidon. Design professionals and the public alike are invited to join this forward thinker at 5:00pm on Friday, September 30, 2011 at IDSwest.

Also joining IDSwest this year will be award-winning lighting designer Jeremy Cole. As someone who counts Harry Winston, Bulgari and Anne Fontaine as clients, Cole has honed his handmade lighting into a luxury design phenomenon. His work can be found in hotels, restaurants, retail stores and offices worldwide. Cole will be addressing visitors to IDSwest on Friday, September 30 at 3:00pm.

Rounding out this year’s key presenters is local design darling Omer Arbel, Creative Director of Bocci, whose latest pieces include the 2010 Winter Olympic medals. Arbel’s designs cover a broad range, from luxurious private residences such as the nearly complete 23.2 house to bespoke lighting installations like the 28 chandelier; to the innovative yet accessibly priced electrical wall units of the 22 series. Arbel will be presenting on the main stage at 7:00pm on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Straight from the UK and presented by Inform Interiors, the Tom Dixon pop-up bar is set to be the hottest spot to meet up on the IDSwest floor. In true Tom Dixon style, this pop-up bar will have a dockside atmosphere decked out with Jack Lights, Slab tables and Fluoro chairs. Etch lighting will provide ambience overhead and Etch candleholders will sit along the bar counter, where signature cocktails will be served to match.

IDSwest is examining the most cutting-edge in art, architecture, lighting and design from September 29 to October 2, 2011 in at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For more information, please visit

The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 200 vetted exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, and consumers. The event attracts over 28,000 attendees over three and a half days, and roughly 22,000 of these are avid design enthusiasts looking to source and purchase some of the latest trends and innovations in contemporary home design.