A Look back : Dinner X Design & IDS West

September was a busy and exciting month here at Gillian Segal Design. One of the highlights was definitely participating in this years  Dinner X Design and IDS West with my partner for this event Bash & Fete. For those of you who don't know about the event, Dinner x Design is an incredible charity gala that raises money for the Dr. Peter Aid's Foundation.  Local designers and event producers are invited to create a concept and design for a 12'-0" x 12'-0" space.  After a few short days dedicated to building and set-up, a cocktail party and the gala dinner were held here in Vancouver at CBC studios.  Following two great evenings, we had a few days to take everything apart and move it over the the Vancouver Convention Center, where all of the Dinner x Design booths were on display for the duration of IDS West. We were so thrilled with the end result of the design, and had a blast with amazing guests at the Gala dinner, however this was definitely an undertaking that took a village.  While the process started with Brittany and I brainstorming a concept, we ended with an incredible team of talented designers who helped us bring our vision to life.

Our initial concept was: We’ll Always Have Paris.  Here is a summary of our vision:

We don’t know how, but Parisians always manage to do it better.  The fashion, the food, the design and not to mention the fact that women manage to eat bon-bons all day and still stay thin.  The chic and luxurious Parisian lifestyle is appealing in and of itself but we felt particularly inspired by some of the design emerging out of Paris.  Designers like Christian Liagre, Joseph Dirand and Jean Louis Denoit are able to seamlessly marry the old and the new, creating interesting and glamorous spaces that re-interpret tradition. That was our goal: a modern twist on classic elements of design.

After coming up with a mood board to keep our concept focused (see below), I started on a journey of an amazing collaborative design process with Katherine GordonJeff MartinMatthew McCormick and Lock & Mortice.  With Katherine's Architecture & Design expertise, Jeff's table , Matt's chandelier and Mirror Art made by Katherine and myself we were off to a very exciting start.  Having Lock & Mortice come on board to not only build the booth, but do all the brass work (and the benches) really brought all of our brainstorming to life.  Take a look at the end result below! Florals provided by The Flower Factory, Busts and small accessories from The Cross and graphic design for our menus was done by Sandy Manj.  All photos taken by the talented Tracey Atyon.

And...for those of you who are wondering, the Mirror is in French and reads, "TOUS NARCISSIQUES" meaning: all narcissistic. This item is sold, however other pieces of mirror art are available on a commission basis.

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