The District is IDS Vancouver’s popular cash and carry neighbourhood that features fresh collections of design products for the home. It is the marketplace for designers to show and sell to discerning consumers and industry insiders.
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Below are the companies that exhibited at The District in 2017.
Abeego is driven by common sense and a personal desire to help people change the way they think about their food. The company focuses on providing a versatile material that can be used multiple times, in many ways, for varying degrees of food storage; that people can feel good about whole-heartedly.
Anara Design Company is a home & lifestyle brand focused on beautifully designed, well-made, hand crafted goods. Their private label of bedding & textiles is designed in-house and complemented by responsibly-made homewares and jewelry created by artisans, designers, and architects.
Emilie is a Vancouver-based sander and furniture designer. She believes in supporting local and making sustainable, quality goods at price points accessible to all.
East Van Light builds vintage industrial lamps with engaging modern designs. Combining locally sourced premium hardwoods, high quality hardware, and antique reproduction Edison light bulbs, each lamp delivers warm ambient light and a refined old world aesthetic that inspires the work, repose, curiosity and conversation of those around it. East Van Light strives to design lamps that are subtle in support of the spaces they inhabit, while simultaneously engaging the audience that surrounds them.
After graduating from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, former product designer Gabrielle Burke founded g ceramic & co. as she was enamoured by the way ceramic objects habitat in our daily lives. For her, it is amazing how people rely on objects such as mugs and bowls and have an interpersonal relationship with them. g ceramic & co. is about curating your life. It’s about redefining living. The objects that surround us impact our understanding of our lives, calling into question everything we own. How do you design your life?
Becki Chan creates handmade jewellery and art objects from her studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Given Becki’s educational background in sculpture and architecture, she finds beauty and inspiration in structure and geometry. Each piece is developed out of Becki’s sculptural work and is defined by a stripped-down vocabulary of form. Cast in silver, elementary lines and simplified shapes combine and repeat, with slight variations and irregularities.
Driven by the desire to create and a love for aesthetically pleasing interiors, Erin found herself naturally drawn to textiles. Each piece is dyed by hand using the ancient technique of shibori to create stunning patterns. Using a range of natural materials, she works primarily with linens and cottons that have been locally sourced. The pieces are dyed using all natural dyes from a range of plant materials, vegetables, roots and insects with iron, tannin and alum mordants.
Making pots is Hitomi Mckenzie’s art; she makes them for people to use. She believes that her pots would attract those who appreciate beauty and function working in harmony. It is important to her to create communication, a ‘conversation’ between form and surface. Her intimate relationship with each individual piece becomes an extension of how she responds to movement of the wheel and the clay.
KONZUK aspires to create jewelry that is more wearable architecture than simple accessory. The collections are inspired by designer Karen Konzuk’s personal observations of architecture and sculpture; notably the work of Donald Judd and Richard Serra. Minimal form, unique surface texture, and unorthodox materials each define the modernist aesthetic of KONZUK jewelry.
Geometric Desires by LanaBetty is a modern jewelry line uniting evolution and passion, combining beautiful materials and beautiful design. LanaBetty uses traditional jewelry making and the relatively new technique of 3D printing to create complex shapes and angular lines, balancing universal inspiration with on trend style. Designs are made using faceted semi-precious stones, sterling silver, brass, steel, and even gold.
London Fields Shoppe is a brick and mortar store specializing in the clever, the eclectic, and the nostalgic. Taking inspiration from the owners’ time living in the United Kingdom, London Fields Shoppe was created and named after the area where their favourite market, Broadway Market, takes place in London (UK). With an emphasis on handmade, London Fields Shoppe is a place to share some of the goods and vintage items that they discover during their travels.
Johnna Puusa is the designer behind Lumota (a Finnish word for ‘to mesmerize or enthrall’). When Johnna first became aware of the craft of himmeli, she found the designs so intriguing and mesmerizing that she had to find out more. Over the years, she has learned the methods and finessed the craft, producing traditional pieces as well as creating her own style along the way.
Maria Roth is a Vancouver-based designer making felted wool objects of uncommon beauty. The work is intended to delight as well as to be used for many years, and embodies a love of exuberant colours intertwined with the sombre greys of rainy West Coast winters.
Power of My People’s shirts are steadfast essentials for people to build their stories in. The brand’s goal is to provide options for uniform dressers – those who collect when they find their favourites. All of the shirt fits are constructed to allow the wearer the freedom to move and conquer the tasks of their every day.
Fiber artist Jolynn Vandam transforms the beauty of the nature surrounding her into one of a kind hand woven wall hangings. Each unique piece is woven on a loom and is made with natural fibres, including heavenly soft Merino wool roving to add lush texture. The pieces hang from hand picked drift wood from the southern BC coast or pure copper.
The Found and the Freed is the physical manifestation of a friendship, united by a love of old things, between three women. The concept for the shop is expressed through its name; the three women hunt for objects that can be given a new life, either by maintaining their original functions or through creative reuse.
Ceramicist Aleena Webber uses the the chaos of life as a catalyst for her simple design and elegant details. Fueled by society’s influence to submiss the creative artist, she pushes to have people see how art can break the borders of just paint and paper, and that being an artist can explode through multiple mediums. Using simple, elegant lines and curves, she creates vessels that can live in any home. Constantly aspiring to give a new face to pottery, she adds luxury with porcelain and gold or versatility with neutral tones.
Urbanwalls makes all kinds of removable wall decals and chalk decals for homes. With the appeal of wallpaper and a level of permanence that supports designer ADD, the company is continually creating decals that allow changes and swaps (without hurting any walls). From designers to those who claim no creativity, Urbanwalls enables customers to think outside of the box, inspiring them to fall in love with the spaces that surround them.
Vancouver Candle Co. was born out of Nick Rabuchin’s passion. His unique take on candle making, mixed with a dedication to artisanal craftmanship, has created a cult-like following for his luxury candles. Each candle is poured by hand in a small batch from his studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the utmost care and attention. A true artisanl product, each Vancouver Candle Co. candle is numbered and signed for quality control.