Launched in 2004 under the original name of Design Vancouver, as recognition to the gap in the West Coast design market, this event created a successful forum to present current, design-forward products and services to consumers and trade professionals. Tracking its growing success, the show was purchased in early 2007 by Chicago-based Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI) and most recently in 2012 by Informa Canada, one of the world’s leading trade and consumer show producers. Within its stable of other Canadian properties are the Interior Design Show Toronto, designjunction, One of a Kind Shows, IIDEX Neocon Canada, Construct Canada, and BUILDEX. The event has since been re-branded as the Interior Design Show Vancouver – the West Coast version of the established Toronto-based Interior Design Show Toronto. This association has successfully contributed to an increased exhibitor base, exciting special features, a broader speaker program, trade only times, and an ever expanding compliment of design experiences.
Annually, the show continues to grow in size, importance, and reputation and in 2016 welcomed over 37,000+ visitors. IDS Vancouver 2017 will continue to showcase the best in international and local design, underlining the fact that Vancouver continues to be one of the strongest real estate and construction markets in North America.
IDS Vancouver attracts 38,000+ attendees over 3.5 days. This includes 7,000 guests to the Party On Opening Night; 7,300 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers and other industry professionals during Trade Day; and an additional 24,300 consumers interested in design on the weekend.
7,300 interior designers, architects, product specifiers, builders/developers and hotel owners alongside other industry professionals are accredited to attend the Trade Day for free.
24,300+ avid design enthusiasts looking, sourcing and shopping for design products and services:
- 70% female
- 75% homeowners
- 80% of attendees between the age of 25 and 54
- Over 64% of attendees will purchase or have purchased from IDS exhibitors within the next 12 months
- Over 42 million will be spent on planned projects this year
- Average household income is over $120,000, with 10% earning over $200,000 per year
- 74% have received post secondary degrees
- Over 40% of attendees plan to remodel or refurnish the following rooms in the next 6 months – Living, Bed, Bath rooms, and over 31% plan a kitchen renovation
- Design was rated as the most important aspect when purchasing home furnishings
Writers from Design Milk, The Vancouver Sun, AZURE Magazine, Poppytalk, GRAY Magazine, Western Living, Design Quarterly, House and Home Media, The Georgia Straight, The Westender, Daily Xtra, Homes & Living, The Globe & Mail, National Post, The Huffington Post, The Province, Global Television, Vitamin Daily, City TV’s Breakfast Television, and many other outlets, attend and cover the IDS Vancouver event.
Participation is open to manufacturers, distributors, importers, retailers, designers and others interested in marketing, selling and promoting North American and international products and services for the design industry.