The Pacific Northwest is paving a new path in the design world with a rich and varied set of designers producing outstanding pieces and trends. IDS Vancouver is the centre-point for all things design in the Pacific Northwest and we are pleased to present our first book: “Currents: Contemporary Pacific Northwest Design.”

Curated by IDS Director Jody Phillips and published by Scandinavian publishing house New Heroes & Pioneers, the book explores the design boom in the Pacific Northwest, the similarities and differences in fundamental principles within the creative field  and over 40 remarkable makers and designers behind this extraordinary hotbed of design. Set against striking photography, the book (designed by Daniel Zachrisson) navigates the landscape and settings which inspires this area and talks with leading designers in the industry.

Pre-order your copy today to pick up at the fair!
*For readers in Europe and Asia, the book will be available soon for pre-order via New Heroes & Pioneers


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Featured Designers

Only scratching the surface and by no means comprehensive, we present this as the A to Z (zed or zee) of contemporary design in the Pacific Northwest. (For purposes of this book, we define the PNW as the area west of the Rockies to the north and the Cascade mountains to the south). The intention is to celebrate a cross-section of the diverse designers and makers who call this region home.

Studio Gorm

Merkled Studio

The Granite

Bosque Design

Base Modern


Pigeon Toe


John Hogan


Electric Coffin

Darin Montgomery

Annie Tung

Pat Christie

Shawn Place

Dahlhaus Studio

Sholto Design Studio

Karen Konzuk

Phil Gray


Hinterland Design


Brent Comber

Becki Chan

Charlotte Pommet and Elliot Kendall

Niels Bendtsen

Shawn Hunt

Cathy Terepocki

Jeff Martin Joinery

Knauf and Brown


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