Over 7,300 professional members of the trade attend Liebherr Trade Day.

IDS Vancouver Liebherr Trade Day is reserved to professional members of the design trade. The day is designed to inspire, educate and expose professionals to products, designers and ideas from both international and national perspectives. In addition to the floor exhibits and features, programming on this day includes the AZURE Trade Talks speakers series that takes place on the Caesarstone Stage, the GRAY Stage programming and Trade Day accredited seminars.

  • Pre-registration by August 24, 2018: FREE
  • All registrations after August 24, 2018 (online or on site): $15 + GST *
  • Student registration (on site only with valid photo student identification): $10 + GST**

* Trade registration does not include seminar registration. Trade attendees who also register for accredited breakout sessions will receive complimentary trade registration if registering after August 24.

**Student trade registration with valid photo student identification is intended for interior design, architecture and industrial design students specifically. Student trade registration will not be available online. Please register on site on Friday September 21, 2018.

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About Liebherr

Outstanding quality. Classic design. State-of-the-art innovation.

When it comes to refrigeration, Liebherr is synonymous with excellence. As Europe’s largest privately owned manufacturer of refrigerators and freezers for residential and commercial use, Liebherr Appliances produces more than 2.1 million units every year – each one designed, engineered and built to be the best in the world. Headquartered in Germany since 1954, Liebherr Appliances distributes the widest range of European refrigeration and freezing solutions around the globe.

Liebherr refrigerators and freezers deliver outstanding quality, design and innovation. The next generation of home refrigeration is here! Introducing Monolith, a towering achievement in cooling technology from Liebherr. Monolith is the culmination of Liebherr’s 60 years of refrigeration innovation and expertise. An impressive 84″ from top to bottom, this monumental wonder of German engineering takes food preservation to a new level. With superior energy efficiency and food saving advancements such as BioFresh-Plus, PowerCooling and our SmartDeviceBox, Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity. Add Liebherr’s exclusive InfinitySwipe touchscreen display and smartphone app, whisper-quiet operation and infinite finishes and size configurations to match your décor, and you can see why Monolith isn’t just state of-the-art. It’s the new definition of cool. #CoolingRedifined

See Liebherr’s products at the show in Euro-Line Appliances‘ booth (Booth 905)!


8:00am — 9:30am

Keynote Breakfast: Woman. Architect. Entrepreneur.

Caesarstone Stage

[ IDCEC = 0.15 CEU, AIBC = 1.5 Core LU ] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

What is it like to be a female leader in architecture, a profession still heavily dominated by men? What unique perspectives do female principals bring to the built environment?

We are proud to present the Liebherr Trade Day Keynote Breakfast, featuring three leading North American female architects. Jing Liu of New York’s SO-IL, Johanna Hurme of Winnipeg’s 5468796 architecture, and Susan Scott of Vancouver’s Scott and Scott Architects join Azure Magazine’s Executive Editor Elizabeth Pagliacolo for an honest conversation on the Caesarstone Stage. Through their current and future work, they will discuss what it means to be a woman leading an architecture firm in 2018, the challenges and victories they’ve experienced so far in their young careers, and what female principals bring to the built environment.

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11:00am — 12:00pm

Hip Hop Architecture

Caesarstone Stage

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Core LU ] – Included in Trade Day Badge

Architect Michael Ford uses hip hop to explain how designers and planners have marginalized communities. It might not be obvious to many fans of hip hop, but its lyrics have a lot to say about ill-conceived architecture. Many hip-hop songs touch on what it’s like to navigate life while being black or brown and living in spaces that shape individuals’ lives and experiences. Ideally, these places are meant to provide respite from the harsh realities of life, but when planned recklessly, they can obstruct access to basic needs such as transportation and food, and isolate communities. What’s often not considered in the construction of high-density neighbourhoods is the psychological and sociological impact of design and planning on those who live there. Central to Ford’s argument about the interplay between design and hip hop is the role architect Le Corbusier and builder Robert Moses played in the making of the hood in the United States.

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3:30pm — 4:30pm

Alex Mustonen

Caesarstone Stage

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Core LU ] – Included in Trade Day Badge

Alex Mustonen is the founder and partner of Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. Snarkitecture’s name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates architectural-scale projects, installations and objects. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

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8:30am — 9:30am

Microsize Me: Designing for Downsizing

Room 111/112

[ IDCEC =  0.1 CEU, AIBC  = 1 Non-Core LU ] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

We hear it every day: downsizing, compact spaces, urban living, simplifying and minimalism. What does it all mean? The Microsize Me movement is a new reality that the entire design industry needs to take notice of. In this seminar, learn to address this new movement through design and product offerings.

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10:00am — 11:00am

The New Reality of Virtual Reality

Room 111/112

[ IDCEC =  0.1 CEU, AIBC  = 1 Non-Core LU ] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

There is no doubt virtual reality (VR) is the future, but how will it impact architecture and design? In this interactive seminar and VR demo, learn about the difference in some popular, and very similar technologies (AR/VR/MR/DR) before diving deeper into what the VR landscape truly entails. Discover ways to use virtual reality as a presentation tool, as a resource for sharing, as well as a tool for analyzing back-end data. After a demo of VR technology for architecture and design, examine some case studies where virtual reality has been successful and go over true feedback from those who have been using the technology for some time.

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10:00am — 11:30am

Design + Industry: Contemporary Wood

Room 116/117

[ IDCEC = 0.15 CEU, AIBC = 1.5 Core LU ]  – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

With a focus on material exploration, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the changing industry landscape, while setting our sights on innovation and sustainability, a panel wood industry experts, including Brent Comber (Brent Comber), Toby Barratt (Propellor), Eric Savics (Van Urban Timber), Eric Karsh (Equilibrium), and Tanja Hinder (Marrimor Design Studio) discuss the unique strengths and inherent challenges of designing and fabricating with one of the region’s most iconic and traditional materials.

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11:00am — 12:00pm

Communications Styles – Creating Connections with Clients during Design Pitches

Room 111/112

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Non-Core LU ]  – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

A big part of an interior designer or architect’s day-to-day job is presenting design ideas to clients. Do you often wonder why you can present one idea to one client, and it is taken the way you meant it, but then when you present that same thing to another client, it is taken the wrong way? In this workshop, discover what your communication style is, learn how to communicate with impact, and determine how to flex your style to communicate effectively with clients during your idea pitch.

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12:30pm — 1:30pm

Designing Transformational Experiences in the Workplace

Room 111/112

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU,  AIBC = 1 Non-Core LU ]  – $35 ($45 after Aug 24) 

We are no longer just designing a built environment; we are curating an ecosystem of behaviors and a set of experiences that drive more engaging outcomes for people and the businesses they work for. More than ever before, a workplace solution is expected to be user-centric and consider a wide array of factors that respond to the specific dynamics of work as well as an evermore agile, technology enabled multi-generational workforce. This session will focus on the macro trends in workplace today and the drivers behind them; the forces at play influencing or disrupting the workplace of the future and the potential impact some of these trends will have on designers and the make-up of design firms in the future.

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12:30pm — 1:30pm

Houzz Rules

Room 116/117

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Non-Core LU] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

Learn how to master the #1 social media site for home renovation in this seminar by Caesarstone’s National Marketing Manager John Filomena. Learn how to utilize the digital scrapbook, leverage Houzz as a social media network, customize the Houzz business directory and use the inspirational search engine.

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2:30pm — 3:30pm

The Power of Colour

Room 111/112

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Core LU ]  – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

This course examines the emotions associated with each colour with examples of colour used successfully in popular culture, fashion, and retail. Learn the distinction between fads and trends.

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2:30pm — 3:30pm

Live Experience is the Silver Bullet

Room 116/117

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Non-Core LU ] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

Technology is revolutionizing how we create and respond to our surroundings. Consumers’ time, attention, and emotional resources are scarce. Participation and personalization are the cost of entry for authenticity. The rules of engagement have changed.

Mike Brown, SVP Creative at FCBX in Chicago, will consider this inflection point across culture and commerce — How do storytellers, designers and place-makers capture attention, provoke imagination, invite participation, inspire meaning, drive conversation, manifest belonging and change behavior? The answer lies in creativity, craft and the power of live experience.

Mike will profile the unwavering creative vision, distinctive experience strategies, and allegorical what-if’s that anchor the FCBX experiential practice. From physical to digital, pop-up to permanent, interactive installations to multi-channel experiences, they are driven to build solutions that are responsible, intelligent and beautiful.

There is a new renaissance upon us, and the visionaries on the leading edge of experiential design from fashion, retail and lifestyle to the arts, entertainment and hospitality are remarkable. Welcome to the experience generation.

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4:30pm — 5:30pm

Passive House: The Future of Living Well

Room 111/112

[ IDCEC = 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Core LU ] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24)

The presentation is an introduction to Passive House design and construction. The Passive House standard is a powerful and direct response to climate change; it is being adopted worldwide as the new building standard for the 21st century. Vancouver and West Vancouver have set a goal of all new construction meeting this standard through stepping up their code to meet this in 15 years. It is the future of housing for us all, as Mary and Cedric Burgers will share their experience as early adopters. Some highlights include: Passive house: what is it? What is involved with designing a passive house? What does it feel and look like? Mary and Cedric will also touch on letting go of typical bells and whistles that superficially connote ‘living well’ and replacing them with actual architectural and interior elements that are conducive to real health and well-being.

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4:30pm — 5:30pm

Craftsmanship & Creative Risk Taking

Room 116/117

[ IDCEC= 0.1 CEU, AIBC = 1 Non-Core LU ] – $35 ($45 after Aug 24) 

An established and diverse panel of Pacific Northwest designers & creative risk takers, including Neal Aronowitz (Neal Aronowitz Design/Art), Jay Miron (Jay Miron Furniture), and Jaan Andres (Jaan Andres Glass Design) discuss how the distinctive regional characteristics of the PNW shape their values around craftsmanship. While sharing their own methods of blending the traditional with contemporary, the designers will shed light on what it takes to create thoughtful, authentic bespoke pieces that are built to last.

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6:00pm — 8:00pm

THE MIX: Ben Barber + Leah Ring Reception

Ben Barber Studio (Directions) 

Access included in wristband

Continue the celebration of THE MIX: West Coast Best Coast at Ben Barber Studio! Enjoy drinks and get an exclusive first look at the collaborative installation between Ben Barber and Los Angeles-based design studio Another Human.

This event is part of THE MIX, a unique program at IDS Vancouver that includes displays, installations and talks both onsite and off. The program is in partnership with the LA Design Festival and Design Milk

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8:00pm — 11:00pm

GRAY Magazine After Party

Montauk Sofa (Directions)

Access included in wristband

Party with GRAY Magazine at the loft-like Montauk Sofa in Gastown, now featuring Valcucine. Mingle with the design-minded while enjoying beverages from Mission Hill Family Estate and Strathcona Beer Company.

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