Over at our sister brand, Vancouver magazine, we’d asked readers what their last big night out was—because reliving those nights in the beforetimes seems to give a little boost as we think of what might be again, some day…soon, we all hope.
And the design team Falken Reynolds has created such a sense memory with their window installation at Inform Interiors. As you might expect from the duo who won our Robert Ledingham award in Designers of the Year 2016, it’s gorgeous—but it’s also full of hope for a time when we can celebrate in each other’s companies again.
Furniture designer Christian Woo's work is featured in the quieter, reflective part of the installation.
It’s also a collaboration with local designers Bocci, Christian Woo and Nogori flowers—brands carefully chosen because of their shared values. “A small silver lining to the pandemic has been a heightened awareness of human impact on climate and a growing urgency to protect the natural environment Canadians are so lucky to enjoy in abundance,” says designer Chad Falkenberg. “We’re using this shift to help educate clients to invest in quality, long lasting products, and also encourage manufacturers to constantly improve production and transportation, and communicate their actions so clients can make better choices.” The tablecloth, for example, was repurposed fabric remnants Inform had in storage, and even the dried sunflowers are items that often discarded. Everything in the installation either has had, or will have another life.
All the colours: Bocci's 28.61 hand-blown glass chandelier creates a celebratory moment alongside colourful copper mesh vases from OAO Works, and the Icelandic Poppies added by Nogori Flowers.
The installation runs the entire store front of Inform’s Gastown location, and begins with a quieter scene featuring Christian Woo’s work. As the scene moves right, it transforms into an eclectic long table with a cloud-like white table cloth, full of vibrant colours portraying a feeling of excitement and hope.
“The intention is simple and offers something we can all do with right now,” says designer Kelly Reynolds. “It’s a moment of somber reflection about what we have all endured this past year, and a hopeful glimpse of the future. We wanted to create a real feast for the eyes, carefree and boisterous, a bit like the party we are all planning in our heads for when restrictions lift and we can let it all out.”