26 September 2017 0 Comments Posted By : ALEESHA HARRIS

IDS Vancouver: Brent Comber gets into The Mix

What do Vancouver designers and artists have in common with their counterparts in The Netherlands? If you were to ask Brent Comber, it’s something refreshingly simple. 

“Honesty,” he says. “I feel we both want to produce work that is fresh, and hits you in the chest.”

And the differences? 

“Material choices, and articulation,” Combers explains. “My sense is we both approach our work very differently when it comes to conveying our own stories. Storytelling is one of the main focuses when it comes to the creation process for me.” 

Comparisons of the sensibilities of Vancouver versus Dutch design — as well as varying sources of inspiration, and other assorted topics — will be up for discussion during three events dubbed FRAME Minds in The Mix at the Interior Design Show Vancouver (Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West).

North Vancouver-based designer Comber will further explore the Vancouver vs. Dutch topic with Eindhoven-based design duo Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen of Studio OS & OOS; Martha Sturdy will speak with Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis; and Bobbie Burgers is set to appear with the Studio RENS design duo Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren, from Eindhoven.

But the trio of events aren’t merely about international similarities and differences. According to Comber, the most important element of the The Mix is collaboration. 

“Visiting the studio offers a look behind the curtains, something rarely seen. It’s an intimate space,” he says of the discussion location. “It’s also collaborative, which is something that’s also very important to me and the design industry.”

Comber has long been one of the Lower Mainland’s top creative minds, carving out a niche for himself in an area of interior design that plays up the power of solid wood. 

“From a design perspective, wood offers warmth and a sense of humanity that other materials such as glass, steel, and concrete can’t offer,” he says. “The artisan wood industry, for the most part, offers accessibility to the maker and their process, which is important to people’s lifestyles.”

But it was the promise of a good story that first drew Comber to the medium. 

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