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Saturday January 20, 2018.

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Trends, ideas and inspiration are just some of the themes that are explored in this powerhouse speaker’s series. Globe Style Saturday at IDS  is open to the public and gives consumers insider knowledge of design.

10:00AM – 7:00PM

$19.00 online
$22.00 at the door
$17.00 group (20+)

See who joined us for IDS17.


11:00am — 12:00pm

Megan Torza and Heather Dubbeldam in conversation with Alex Bozikovic

This talk is worth 1 IDCEC hour. 

Megan Torza, OAA / MRAIC / LEED AP BD+C, is a Partner at DTAH. She is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive reuse and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric.

Megan was involved in the development and implementation of two of Toronto’s most beloved community hubs: the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brick Works — both award-winning, LEED certified examples of the creative adaptive reuse of abandoned industrial facilities for not-for-profit clients.

Her socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio also includes numerous institutional and housing projects for public and private-sector clients. Examples include the TRCA Office Headquarters, the Little Trinity Church Annex, the Dane Avenue and St. Andrew Child Care Centres in Toronto, the Market Commons Affordable Housing project in Guelph and the Gallery Loft Towns in Toronto. She has designed numerous park pavilions including structures for Toronto’s Riverdale Park East and North York’s Woodsy Park, and is currently the Partner-in-Charge of the Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion project. She was curator of the RavinePortal Exhibition and co-designer, with Robert Cram, of the Orange Crush installation at Come Up To My Room 2015 at the Gladstone Hotel. Megan is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic in the Urban Design and Planning faculties at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University, a member of the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel, and on the executive board of the Toronto Society of Architects.


Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design, a multidisciplinary architecture studio recognized as one of the leading practices in Toronto. Heather has practiced throughout Canada and internationally, providing innovative and award winning designs to both public and private sector clients. Already well known for her firm’s innovative residential work for Canadian icons like Sonja Bata and Toronto’s Tanenbaum family, DUBBELDAM is making waves in the commercial space too with the award winning Travelzoo Canadian headquarters, and the recent commission to design the Toronto office for one of the world’s fastest growing tech firms, Slack Technologies. DUBBELDAM’s diverse range of project types includes a café for Dark Horse Espresso Bar, a 50-cottage development in Carcross, Yukon, and the modernization of the historic Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.

DUBBELDAM’s work has garnered numerous awards for both design and practice, including the recently awarded Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in architecture. The studio’s projects have been regularly featured in publications such as Toronto Life, Azure magazine, Designlines, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Dwell, Grand Designs UK, Elle Décor and Interior Design.

Heather has been recognized as an advocate for the profession and is the editor and co-author of several architecture publications. She is the Vice-Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee, the Director of Twenty + Change, and an executive board member and past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. Heather was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2015.


Alex Bozikovic is the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, covering architecture and urbanism across Canada and globally. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Blueprint, DwellFrame and Spacing. He is writing a new edition of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, to be published by McClelland and Stewart in 2017.


1:00pm — 2:00pm

Martyn Lawrence Bullard


3:00pm — 4:00pm

Amanda Nisbet in conversation with Jeanne Beker

This talk is worth 1 IDCEC hour. 

Amanda Nisbet Design has added her signature elegant touch to residences in North America and Europe since the firm’s inception in 1998, resulting in welcoming interiors that express Nisbet’s special alchemy of refinement and livability.

Despite her formal art history training and years at Christie’s auction house, Nisbet prefers to upend the usual design rules, in favor of a fresh, energetic approach that draws as much upon intuition as tradition. Mixing function and style, classical motifs and contemporary idioms, in rich and unexpected ways, Nisbet never loses her sense of wit and whimsy. According to Nisbet, a designer’s role is to create a home for living that answers a client’s needs, wishes, and dreams.

In addition to her interior design work, Nisbet’s eponymous textile line is available to the trade through four showrooms: Studio Four (New York), Harbinger (Los Angeles), Travis (Atlanta), and Tigger Hall (Australia). The success of Nisbet’s textile line sparked its expansion to a line exquisite wallcoverings, which are also carried by Studio Four, Harbinger, Travis and Company, and Trigger Hall. The unique character of Nisbet’s designs is reflected in her lighting collection, created in partnership with The Urban Electric Company. A boutique rug line, sold exclusively through Studio Four, is the result of the collaboration between the creative minds of Nisbet and Kyle Bunting. In 2014, Amanda launched her first comprehensive furniture and lighting collection in partnership with Niermann Weeks. The popularity of this collection inspired a sequential collaboration, between Nisbet, Niermann Weeks, and One King’s Lane.

AND projects have been showcased in numerous publications, among them Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, New York Spaces, Oprah at Home, Traditional Home, Veranda, The New York Times, Town & Country, and The Washington Post. Nisbet remains a frequent and popular speaker about design, in general, and AND’s work in particular. Her first book, Dazzling Design, was published by Stewart Tabori & Chang in 2012.

In 2017, Amanda Nisbet Design looks forward to expanding into the realm of e-commerce and continuing to create spaces of luxury and livability.


Jeanne Beker is a Globe Style Columnist. She started her career as an actress, but moved into radio and then television as co-host of the ground-breaking series, The NewMusic, and entertainment anchor on CityPulse News. She went on to become the host of  the internationally syndicated Fashion Television (FT), which aired for 27 years and had viewers in more than 130 countries. Jeanne is the former editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines, and author of five books, including her 2010 autobiography, Finding Myself in Fashion. Jeanne was a contributing editor of The Toronto Star, The Kit, and a columnist for Metro, and is currently a featured style columnist for The Globe and Mail and Post City magazine. She also writes for a number of lifestyle publications.

Her fashion and editorial credits include her clothing line, Edit by Jeanne Beker, as well a number of product lines, including shoes, jewelry and sunglasses. Jeanne was recently named Style Editor of The Shopping Channel, and hosts a regular series for the channel entitled “Style Matters with Jeanne Beker”.   Her numerous awards include her recent appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014 for her support of the Canadian fashion industry; the 2012 Canadian Award of Distinction from the Banff World Media Festival; and being honoured with a Canadian Screen Achievement Award for the role she played in changing the way Canadians watch television.


4:30pm — 5:30pm

Nicholas Haslam in conversation with Odessa Paloma Parker

This talk is worth 1 IDCEC hour.

One of the world’s finest interior designers, sought by royalty, rock stars and the aristocracy alike, Nicholas Haslam presents his style in this unique tour of his grand, glamorous, and witty interiors.

Nicholas Haslam has an instinct and originality which enables him to make rooms look stunning and sexy, yet liveable, practical, and above all flattering to their owner and their surroundings.  Never one for pure minimalism nor for overblown fussiness, a Haslam interior has exhilarating chic, and a touch of opulence that seduces entirely the moment you catch a glimpse.

His firm, NH Design, has designed for clients including Mr Rod Stewart, Sir Mick Jagger, Mr Ringo Starr, Mr & Mrs Konstantin Kagalovsky, Mr & Mrs Peter Aven and Miss Natalie Wood.  He has also designed parties for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Evelyn & Lady de Rothschild, The National Gallery, Kensington Palace and The Royal Palace in Prague and restorations to listed Grade II stately homes.

Constantly breaking down boundaries, Haslam loves to use the completely unexpected and is renowned for his new effects – stunning silver and gilded walls, linen carpets, sparkling mica ceilings, cut antique leather and Picasso-inspired fabric footstools as well as his couture-like curtains. The mix of the deeply serious, grand and impressive with glamour, charm and above all wit, is the Haslam trademark.

Nicky Haslam Studio operates worldwide, having recently completed projects in New Orleans, Barbados, Klosters, and several English country houses, while currently working on sites in Moscow, South of France, Marrakech, New York, London and the country.


Odessa Paloma Parker is the fashion editor at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. She received an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and a Book & Magazine Publishing Certificate from Centennial College.

For three years she ran the magazine she co-founded, Plaid. The goal of Plaid was to be “inspirational, not aspirational” and to provide as much locally-focused content as possible. After closing Plaid, Odessa joined the artist agency Judy Inc. and forged relationships with clients including The Globe and Mail, The Grid, Anu Raina, Cosmo TV and Entertainment Tonight Canada. She is also the founder of Vintage Crawl Toronto, and has organized and provided public relations services for pop-ups and trunks shows around the city.

Odessa is interested in creating dynamic projects and improving people’s lives through the power of style.




12:00pm — 1:00pm

Deconstructing Kitchen Design – How to Manage Your Wish List

This design classes is worth 1 IDCEC hour.

Planning a stylish, functional and enjoyable kitchen is no small undertaking. Principal Designer and owner of Lucid Interior Design Inc, Michelle Mawby, will walk you through each part of the process, offering helpful tips on planning, design decisions and getting the most for your budget.


2:00pm — 3:00pm

Landscapes To Reduce Stress and Improve Health

This design class is worth 1 IDCEC hour. 

We live in a fast-paced urban environment.  People are prone to stress, worry and anxiety and feelings of isolation or disconnection.  Both science and our own experiences show that reconnecting to nature helps alleviate those toxic experiences and re-ground us.   It is the role of the landscape designer to think about creating beauty that rejuvenates and restores through this particular outdoor environment. Attendees will learn how environments alter behaviour, key factors to creating landscape environments that promote wellness, and how to ensure a smooth renovation or new build.



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