The Sofi bench, the winner at the IDS West

Cristian Arostegui G., our principal designer, and The Sofi bench at the Prototype exhibit at the IDS West in Vancouver- Arostegui Studio

The Sofi bench, one of our most iconic furniture designs, was recently the juror selection in the Prototype exhibit at the Interior Design Show West in Vancouver. Cristian Arostegui G, our principal designer, was in Vancouver to receive the 1st place prize of the competition.

The Sofi bench at the prototype exhibit

The Prototype Exhibit is a juried platform competition at the IDS West, a showcase of North America’s next generation of designers. Professional and student designers present both to-market and conceptual works. Ten participants from an extensive list of applicants were carefully select to compete in the prototype competition. 

Prototype exhibit website page

This award and recognition are important milestones for Cristian Arostegui G. and the Studio as relative newcomers to the design industry in Canada. The jurors are recognized and accomplished colleagues, architects and design influencers.

Anne Pearson (Vancouver Special) tweeted that“the decision was unanimous”  @vanspecial (Twitter account of Vancouver Special retail store, owned and run by Anne Pearson) between herself and the other two jurors Nancy Bendtsen (Inform Interiors) and Judson Beaumont (Straight Line Designs Inc.).

As a prize, we will be presenting more designs at our own booth at the IDS West 2016.

IDS West show preview

"The Sofi bench was also selected to be the image of the prototype exhibit in the show guide".

Sofi was very well received by the attendants at the show. Many were impressed by the contrast between the delicate shape of the design and the amazing strength of the material, Ductal. This new kind of concrete, cast by Szolyd locally in Victoria, provides incredible strength while using minimal material.    

Currently we are planning and looking forward to have our own both at the IDS West 2016.