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I'm a Guest Panelist @ LuAnn Nigara Live!

At the end of March, I am headed to NEW JERSEY?! Okay, let me start over… At the end of March, I’m headed to LuAnn Nigara Live: It’s About The Conversation as a guest panelist. Exciting, right? If you don’t know who LuAnn is or why that is a big deal, then let me spare not one more minute explaining.

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LuAnn is the host of A Well Designed Business Podcast and my co-hort Judith A. Neary, CMKBD have been regular occuring guests under a topic we call “Design Biz Live.” Since we started appearing on Lu’s podcast, we have always taken the approach of being honest and truthful about the design business - because it’s not so easy sometimes and things can get really challenging.

Have you taken a second to see what she’s doing and why you should go? It’s pretty amazing/epic/outstanding.

Check it out here.

And Judith just sent me this from the floor of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show… if you don’t understand the joke you really need to listen to our guest series.

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Report: IMM Cologne / LivingKitchen 2019

Mid-January 2019 I made the huge trip to IMM Cologne in Köln, DEU because ever since entering my professional design career this show was often venerated by my peers. LivingKitchen happens every 2 years and it was touted as the pinnacle of all kitchen design shows and I was super excited. So, I programmed my valuable vacation around getting in-and-out of Köln and traveled more than 10,000km.

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Stop the pink velvet bucket chairs

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In pink, light green, teal, and gold with the exposed nordic birch plywood moulded leg or a brushed brass leg. It was sickening how frequently this bucket chair appeared. These types of furniture products are so widely available and I really am at a loss to explain why they are even a trend or stylish anymore. Please stop this insanity.

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Colourful curves & swurves

Everything that is hard line and angular is rather basic - but stunning! Take the Schönbuch furniture line out of Germany, for example. A lot of furniture and style was based on the rounded, tufted, folded, and geometrical accents of a contemporary movement to take away harsh and strong lines. We are tired of the hardness off it all.

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Jewel tones

A lot of edgy vendors were showing off the jewel tones in their upholstery fabric options. Take Bretz, for example, a slightly more edgy Roche Bobois style but a lot of that folded upholstery that everyone is hot for right now.

Traveling 10,000 km to IMM Cologne was not valuable

I’m guessing by the tone that you may now realize that aside from 2-3 brands, IMM Cologne & LivingKitchen is a disappointment. I am grateful that one of my brand clients gave me a personal tour of their booth (and they even covered the bill for two show tickets at CAD$200 each) yet, on the whole, the 22 stadium-sized areas of show floor proved that IMM Cologne & LivingKitchen is a failing show. There were so many instances where staff at booths were too involved in their own smartphones or sales meetings during trade days. On one occasion we were simply told “I can’t help you.” I wonder if they realize that within 5 years that their jobs will be replaced by algorithms and interactive devices. The show was basic.

Awarded 2nd Place at NKBD BC Design Excellence Awards

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On December 1, 2018, we took home 2nd Place (actually tied with Shelly Scales & Associates) for our Riley Park 2 bathroom design. It’s pretty exciting and winning an award never gets old! Thanks to the BC Chapter of the NKBA for the award!

P.S. I actually started the design contest at the BC Chapter 5 years ago while volunteering as a Chapter Officer and I couldn’t be prouder to see what it has become.

We've moved, home.

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Hi there! It was time to update you on some changes over at the studio and, yup, you guessed it, we moved to a home-based office! Truth be told, running a small interior design business is a lot hard work and very expensive. Things shifted over the summer with a shortage of filling vacant positions and increased leasing costs. Looking at a long term strategy of what I want to do (and what I do not want to do), I decided against putting warm bodies in seats and opted to wait for the right fit for me and my Clients.

Is it temporary? Maybe and maybe not, but I do not want to compromise what I love doing, my business, and my career to just have my name on a brick-and-mortar office door.

Our New Mailing Address Is:

Corey Klassen Interior Design
Box 73543 RPO Downtown
Vancouver BC V6E 4L9

BLANCO Canada @ IDS Vancouver

We were lucky to get asked again this year to complete the styling for BLANCO Canada’s booth at IDS Vancovuer. Here are some cool shots of the styling this year!

See you tonight at the Opening Party!