A no messing around guide to the coolest things to eat, drink and do in Vancouver and beyond. Community. Not clickbait.

4 Minutes With Nancy Bendtsen Of Gastown’s “Inform Interiors”

nancy

by Grady Mitchell | In anticipation of the Interior Design Show West coming up September 25-28 at the Vancouver Convention Center, we met with Nancy Bendtsen from Inform Interiors to discuss the importance of design in everyday life.

Nancy’s husband, Niels, launched Inform half a century ago when he was just 19. At that time the Pacific Northwest was an epicentre for progressive design. Originally the store sold the handiwork of Niel’s father, who at 12 was pulled from school to apprentice as a Danish cabinet maker. Gradually Niels added other brands and designers, and now Inform, with its twin Gastown locations, is a touchstone of home design in Vancouver.

Like Niels, Nancy is genetically predisposed to be a design lover. When Allan Fleming updated the CN logo in 1960 – a long-overdue revamp that Marshall McLuhan declared iconic – Nancy’s mother found the sleek new lettering so alluring that she packed a young Nancy and herself into the car, drove to the nearest station, and took the shortest possible round trip, just to be on a train featuring the polished logo.

Later Nancy studied architecture at L’ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and at the University of Toronto. Architecture, she says, is less about schematics and flair than it is a general education. “You think over a lot of big things. It was more overall thinking; about humanity, about how people live.”

The things Nancy deems important are often small details that others overlook. “Everything you touch,” she says. “Door handles, cutlery.” Rather than a Dwell-ready house packed with curated spaces, it’s important to slowly collect pieces you truly enjoy, on both an aesthetic and functional level. “You don’t have to have a lot of stuff,” Nancy says, “just stuff you really love.”

As far as IDS West’s imminence is concerned, Nancy is excited for London-based lighting designer Michael Anastassiades, whose work she describes as “very architectural, geometric.” Rub shoulders with Nancy, Michael, and a host of other design aficionados at the Vancouver Conference Center from September 25-28 for IDS West.

There is 1 comment

  1. Nancy and Niels are great ambassadors for quality design. Vancouver is lucky for them to be part of our city.

On Simplicity, Adaptability and Animal Interactions, with Annie “Lemonni” Chen

For her upcoming show at Slice of Life Gallery, Wild Tales (June 6-9th) Chen will be showing a series of new paintings inviting viewers to “Delve into a world where creatures and landscape converge in a symphony of colours & emotions.”

From Sketching and Stretching, to Boxed Wine and Old Signs with Spencer Pidgeon

It recently came to light that the Vancouver-based graphic designer is the common denominator of several of our favourite BC business' current brand designs...

From Gigante Beans to Grocery Stores: Talking All Things Food with Desiree Nielsen

The Vancouver-based nutritionist and author is launching her fourth book on April 23rd. We had the opportunity to preview the book and it inspired us to link up with the author to find out more about her ideas about food and wellness.

Getting Gritty in the Similkameen with Rajen Toor, of Ursa Major Winery

It's been nearly five years since we last had a proper conversation the winemaker - we thought it was about time we reconnected with some serious questions... to solicit his unapologetically opinionated, introspective, intelligent and unfiltered responses. He didn't disappoint.