Vancouver Sun – Trans-formative Lighting
When does lighting become trans-formative? According to Maurice Dery, the answer is always. “Lighting can play a very large role in the feeling, the atmosphere of a space,” he says. “The way you light a home can change the mood of a room quite dramatically.”
Dery aimed to up the level of technical elements and innovation on display with his new Da Vinci Series. “I purposely made it extremely complicated,” he says. “I wanted to make a statement saying, ‘Hey, listen, this is design; it has function and it has practicality, but it’s also sophisticated.’ I’m having fun with it.”
While exciting to create, Maurice is aware the design, with it’s cog-like components, won’t be for everyone.
“We’re not going to sell it to everyone on the block,” he concedes with a soft laugh.
Karice Enterprises’ designs, including the Da Vinci Collection, will be on display alongside other unique and exceptional home decor pieces at the Luxury Home & Design Show in Vancouver.
Maurice says the show, which highlights artisan creations, many of which are one-of-a-kind decor items, has been a treasure trove of discovery and inspiration.
“It’s these gems that the world doesn’t really know about,” he says of his fellow exhibitors such as Ancient Art of Stone, Imu Chan of FSOARK and Gilroy Stained Glass. “It’s so unique.”
According to event organizers, the luxury show is as much about introducing the public to exceptional pieces as it is about education.
“It’s about needing to educate consumers about these luxury products and gems that are available in Metro Vancouver,” Lauren DePhillips, of the Luxury Home and Design Show, says.
The exhibitor spaces are by invitation only, which has led to a curated luxury offering of vendors that are considered to be the best of the best in their respective industries.
“There is a certain level of quality we’re looking for,” she says.
DePhillips says the curated luxury concept was so well received in 2015 (the last time the event took place in Vancouver) they’ve tripled the size for 2018 and added an international element.
“We’re very excited to welcome people to this year’s show because one of the things we’ve focused on is global curation,” DePhillips says.
“Now we have St. Louis shipping limited-edition crystal from France to be displayed at the show, and we have Kisendo, which is a centuries-old Japanese ironworker that makes collectibles such as tea pots.”
Visitors will be able to purchase from the exhibitors, DePhillips says, just be prepared for a price tag befitting of the “luxury” moniker.
While the show is undoubtedly skewed toward the luxury design industry and homeowner crowd, DePhillips encourages all design enthusiasts to stop by, even if they won’t be making a purchase.
“Everyone can come and can be inspired,” she says. “Not everyone who comes will have a $10 million home, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have an appreciation of a really well built, $10 million home.
“While we’re bringing top tier (exhibits) for people to engage with, our show is not meant to limit anybody. People are welcome to come.”