Take a look at some of the engaging speakers that inspired and educated visitors at IDS18.
Take a look at some of the engaging speakers that inspired and educated visitors at IDS18.
John Filomena is an online strategist, trainer, speaker, and the National Marketing manager for Caesarstone. The Houzz insider has created digital strategies for TSN, CityTV and CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show. John hosts talks around the globe, and for such organizations as the IDC and NKBA. His goal is to help clients create connections with their customers, and to nurture them into relationships that help grow their bottom line.
Jay Osgerby began the eponymous London-based, design studio Barber & Osgerby in 1996 with fellow alumnus Edward Barber. In 2001, Barber & Osgerby established the architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio and in 2012 they founded Map Project Office, specialising in research and strategy-led design. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture and site-specific installations as well as limited edition pieces. Public commissions include the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including the V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago.
Jay attained his Master’s degree in Architecture at London’s Royal College of Art, and in 2004 Barber and Osgerby received the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize. In 2007 Jay was awarded ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ by the RSA. He has an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and is a fellow of Ravensbourne College. In 2013 Jay was awarded an OBE for his services to the design industry.
The studio is currently working with leading global manufacturers Axor, B&B Italia, Flos, Hermès, Knoll and Vitra.
Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates work that includes large-scale projects, installations and objects.
Snarkitecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centered on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings.
The studio was co-founded by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham in 2008.
Snarkitecture partner and co-founder Alex Mustonen is a graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design. Since 2005, she has served as the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, popularly known as the “Nobel Prize for Architecture.” Her interests have always focused on international contemporary architecture, cities in evolution and changes in the role of the architect.
Prior to joining IE University she was Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. During her tenure at the museum, her responsibilities involved curating many exhibitions, developing publications, and participating in the ground-breaking study on collecting, archiving, and exhibiting digitally created design materials. She is the co-author of the books Masterpieces of Chicago Architecture and Skyscrapers: The New Millennium, editor and author for The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years, and author of numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias.
Martha Thorne received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics. She currently serves on an international jury for the award, ArcVision: Women and Architecture, a prize honoring outstanding women architects. She also lectures and assists with international architectural competitions.
Corey Klassen comes from a long line of creatives from artists, home builders, drafters and floral designers. At 16 years old he completed an internship in a Winnipeg architecture firm. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, he completed his Interior Design (Dipl. KBD) studies with distinction in Vancouver.
Corey is CMKBD, Assoc. IIDA and DDA Accredited. He has created production designs for malls and vendors, worked in luxury furnishings and home decor, and kitchen & bath sales. Since starting the design studio in 2011, he has won multiple international awards for his design work and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Gray Magazine, Homes & Design Magazine and more.
Martina Kucey is part of the consultancy team at Colour Hive, the publisher of MIX Magazine.
Martina has worked on numerous projects helping paint companies to understand upcoming trends and how to adapt trends into their products. With over 17 years of experience she has conducted talks on colour science and psychology as part of her portfolio. Now she is an active speaker for Colour Hive Limited, presenting colour trends to the design community.
Award-winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. Familiar to TV audiences for her show, “Colour Confidential” and appearances on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and “Moving The McGillivrays” on HGTV, Jane is always an engaging personality. Her professional design firm Jane Lockhart Interior Design, for over 20 years, has focused on new, luxury residential builds and renovations from architectural plans to detailed finishes. In addition to her full slate of projects, Jane has created two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.
Erika Floysvik’s creative and entrepreneurial career has been built organically around the love for design, travel, art and (yes) construction sites. Fia Interiors has thrived since its launch in 2001, building a reputation for creating contemporary residential and retail spaces. Fia also specializes in construction project management for commercial projects within large shopping complexes.
Having led Kohler Canada’s marketing and communications for over 12 years, Donna is an excellent resource for commentary and insight on universal design and the Canadian marketplace.
Donna has conducted many seminars for interior designers and colleges across the country, as well as media interviews for magazines, newspapers, TV and trade journals. She has made guest appearances for online video sites and the popular HGTV show Designer Guys III, with suggestions inspired by design and gracious living.
Donna’s understanding of leading edge technology, the Canadian marketplace and demographics – coupled with the knowledge of premium brand kitchen and bath products – provides her with insight of the needs in universal design applications.
Andria Cowan Molyneaux is an award-winning interior decorator, designer and certified aging in place specialist. She is accredited by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada), and she is national chair of DDA Canada’s Board of Directors. Her company ACM Designs specializes in interior decorating and design of lakeside homes, cottages and businesses in and around Haliburton County.
Marcia O’Connor is a collaborative strategic thinker with more than 25 years of experience. Her practice focuses on competencies in facilities management, business re-engineering, professional development services and strategic planning. Marcia has exceptional project management skills that she fully deploys through continuous collaboration and communication with her clients and her team to ensure on time and on budget success.
Marcia is a recognized as a Senior Executive offering fresh insight and passion for innovation and best practices in providing business solutions and leadership strategies in the public and non-for-profit sector. Marcia is a dynamic leader and mentor, able to build team cohesion and inspire individuals and her team to strive towards success. Marcia has an intuitive ability to relate and interface easily at not only operationally but strategically at all levels. With impressive credentials, relevant experience, and a wealth of energy and commitment, she develops successful strategies that enable individuals and organizations to leverage their skills and knowledge to optimize their performance.
Marcia was instrumental in pioneering the first Facilities Management Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Marcia continues to provide ongoing advice and expertise in the redesign, development and delivery of the Program.
Valerie Johnston, Operations Manager for Pinchin Ltd. manages staff in two offices (Peterborough and Oshawa) and provides project management for national clients as well as local clients in the Durham and Kawartha regions.
Valerie brings 13 years of industry experience to her role, and has served as a Pinchin national client manager. Valerie provides training in her areas of expertise – mainly mould, WELL, LEED and air quality. Valerie is a LEED Accredited Professional and WELL Accredited Professional.
David Hoffman is General Manager of Toronto-Dominion Centre, Canada’s largest business community with over 4 million sq. ft. Responsible for the day-today operations of this iconic Mies van der Rohe designed complex, David has also been the driving force behind the sustainable transformation of the Centre, with a capital re- investment program exceeding $250 million. The Toronto-Dominion Centre has achieved complex wide LEED EB Platinum certification, and the 222 Bay St. Tower is the first existing building in North America to achieve the WELL Building Standard™ certification.
In addition, David’s leadership has resulted in the successful development of industry leading green initiatives, including the TDC Green Council, a tenant/landlord advisory body, Downtown Toronto’s largest Living Roof, and the first of its kind singular property sustainability report. The Toronto-Dominion Centre was recognized with The 2017 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International.
David’s 17 years in the industry have provided him with a wide and resourceful perspective on the many issues and opportunities facing property owners and managers.
SHAI DELUCA INTERIOR DESIGN’s internationally award-winning design studio is known for its distinct combination of modern appeal with transitional overtones, providing a classic yet timeless feel in a soothing and warmly understated manner.
“Life is in the details, style accordingly,” says Shai. This principal guides the style Shai provides for his clients. Each design project sympathetically reflects the archiecture, setting and client desires as shown in the many projects he has designed — whether a contemporary, hillside residence in Toronto, an urban paradise in New York or a Bauhaus gem in Tel Aviv.”
In 2011 Shai took to the silver screen & joined Canada’s top design professionals as Interior Design Expert on Canada’s number one lifestyle show: Cityline.
Sharon is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Art & Art History B.A Program, and started her career independently as a decorative painter and colour consultant. Since then Sharon has been a representative for Benjamin Moore Paints in Canada and since 1997 has been sharing her passion for colour and style with the TV audience of City’s Cityline. Behind the scenes Sharon works with Benjamin Moore’s New York-based Colour Innovation and Design Team, where she researches trends, helps develop new colour collections and shares her colour and paint expertise with consumer, media and professional audiences across North America and beyond.
While most recently Arren was the Creative Director of Home for Hudson’s Bay, in 2015 he took a leap and moved to Portugal on sabbatical with his husband, David Pimentel. During their time there David and Arren founded Casa Cubista, which manufactures traditional Portuguese craft made with contemporary perspective. Centred on products for the home, the collection includes traditionally crafted items, collaborations and modern pieces designed and made with craftspeople and small, family owned makers. The collection can now be found throughout Europe and North America in select design shops.
Arren also writes on design for publications such as the Canadian House & Home, The Globe & Mail and others, as well as appearing as a guest expert on popular daytime TV show, Cityline. In the Spring of 2018 he will launch a furniture collection called ‘Arcade by Arren Williams’ with Montreal-based manufacturer, CDI Furniture.
Laura Beauparlant is the Owner, and Creative Director of Lab Creative. In her 18 years as a designer and entrepreneur, Laura has learned that aligning authenticity with brand design is the key to success in business. More than anything, Laura is a people person, who loves the chemistry she creates with the people in her life and believes the most important element in fostering those relationships is communication. Laura is also an award-winning public speaker, offering inspirational and passion-filled presentations on design and branding to corporate audiences, as well as entrepreneurs and individuals.
Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, born and raised in Detroit where he received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). Ford is known as The Hip Hop Architect as he leads a national initiative of exploring architecture and urban planning through the lens of hip-hop culture.
Ford, is the founder of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™, a national camp which uses Hip Hop Architecture as a catalyst to increase the number of underrepresented communities in architecture. Ford is currently working with the hip-hop community, including pioneering artists such as Kurtis Blow, as he leads the programming and development of The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx.
Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including Fast Company Design, Blavity, The Fader, CityLab and Vibe Magazine. Along with these publications, Ford has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University.
Tyler is the design research & strategy lead at figure3. He graduated with the inaugural cohort of OCAD University’s Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation program. He’s been studying applied design research methods for close to two decades while working with a diverse group of architecture, design and research firms. His job at figure3 is to leverage the new science of how we experience the built environment – through the application of ‘generative design research’ – in order to help designers and their clients better understand the people we design for.
Founded in 1980 by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Yabu Pushelberg is now one of the most recognized design firms worldwide. The firm’s multidisciplinary approach is informed by an endless curiosity and driven by collaborations with thoughtful, creative like-minded people. Evolving to encompass all aspects of design, including interior environments, product collaborations, textiles, lighting design and architecture, each new venture reflects an edited approach that is imaginative, thoughtful and refined – shifting between the rational and the intuitive.
Recognized as design industry innovators, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have earned countless accolades for their work and contribution to international design excellence, including their appointment as Officers for the Order of Canada. With studios in Toronto and New York and current projects in over sixteen countries, attention to detail and a spirit of exploration remains a hallmark of the firm.
“Design is certainly about beauty, but it’s now time for design to do some heavy-lifting. Design should have a seat at the table when discussing how to create a world where all people can prosper.”
When Shauna Levy became president of Canada’s Design Exchange (DX) in 2012, she was tasked with broadening the appeal of the venerable Toronto institution.
By every measure, Levy has exceeded expectations, thrilling larger-than-ever audiences with savvy yet accessible exhibits on everything from French fashion design to contemporary conceptual art, and most recently the launch of a world-class design bienniale.
Drawing equally from her entrepreneurial flair and her faith in the power of non-profit institutions, Levy’s choices have moved the institution away from its scholarly roots toward a more central role in the Canadian cultural landscape.
“Design is ubiquitous. It touches each and every one of us on a daily basis. Design is the cornerstone of society building; it is as much about addressing basic human needs such as post-disaster housing or caring for an aging population, as it is about luxury goods and novel experiences,” she says. “Design defines our individual experiences and impacts how we build healthy, sustainable communities, cities and countries. It is the micro and macro of our everyday existence.”
Pop-up stores, luxury brands and celebrity faces are the kind of welcoming touch points Levy favours to remind visitors that her take on design is anything but stuffy.
Marc Ryan, principal and co-founder of PUBLIC WORK, is educated in landscape architecture as well as architecture. His design practice focuses on the intersection of these two disciplines. Marc’s professional experience includes 18 years of practice in Canada, the United States and Europe, where he has provided leadership in the design and implementation of public works that leverage the city’s requirements for infrastructure into a spectacular public realm. Marc’s project experience includes park and public space design, bridge and infrastructure design, and urban design visions often related to waterfront redevelopment. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC WORK, Marc Ryan was studio director at West 8.
Dave Maciulis is the Principal Landscape Designer and Co-owner of Natural Landscape Group. Dave founded Natural Landscape Inc in 1993 and his experience is based on over 25 years in public and private practice in Landscape Design and Construction. Dave also carries the professional designation as a Certified Landscape Designer with Landscape Ontario.
In 2010, Dave began publishing Canada’s Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine in hopes to inspire homeowners living in the GTA. His first publication was one-of-a-kind and upon the second issue it became a national magazine trendsetting and inspiring Canadians about outdoor living and design East Coast to West Coast.
Richard Librach Architect Inc in 2000 launched its brand specializing in collaborative design and architecture of the custom home. Following his education at the University of Toronto School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1992, Richard continued his practical learning of various building types under the mentorship of some of Toronto’s most important names: Jerome Markson, Les Klein, Peter Turner and Susan Friedrich – all masters in their respective practice.
Richard parlayed those lessons with the the opening of his own firm in 2000 where he set out to help his clients focus on finding their own personal expression and providing meaningful architectural solutions to the challenges of various evolving Toronto neighbourhoods. Richard’s midtown Toronto storefront boutique firm continues to strive for those same ideas, never forgetting his early international internship experience at Architectonica in Miami where he was first acquainted with the notion of “signature architecture.”
Desta Ostapyk’s eclectic style and effervescent personality have made her one of Canada’s favourite designers for over a decade. The renowned TV personality is perhaps best known for her work on the international hit TV series Love It or List It, where she transformed and renovated spaces to tempt homeowners to stay, and love, their current homes for 3 seasons.
Desta finds inspiration in music, street style and architecture and her deep knowledge and approachable personality has positioned her as an authority on style in home, furnishings, building and renovation. She is well known for her ability to take her artistry past traditional design limitations. Her love of international travel and architecture lends itself to her pairings of old and new with a fresh, modern approach to design and DIY’s. Desta believes every space should have a distinct personality.
Born in South Africa, Jonathan has lived and studied around the world. He pursued architecture at the University of Waterloo where his graduate work earned the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal. With over 15 years of architectural and project leadership experience on a wide range of projects, including residential, restaurant, office, institutional, and master planning, Jonathan joined PARTISANS as a partner in 2013. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Ontario Association of Architect’s Best Emerging Practice and Design Excellence awards, the R+D Award, Azure’s AZ Awards, and the American Architecture Prize, PARTISANS is comprised of architects, designers, thinkers, and cultural enthusiasts whose work across all scales is devoted to a cause: high-performance design that strives to make the improbable possible.
British-born, pre-eminent interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland is a true citizen of the world. From her legendary “sympathetic restorations” of landmark architectural houses and hotels to extraordinary homes for the Hollywood elite, the star of Million Dollar Decorators brings the best attributes of grand European style and cool California chic to every project.
A die-hard fan of bold colour, the layering of pattern and texture, and the beauty of imperfection, Ireland’s interiors convey an easy elegant vibe that is worldly and chic without trying. With a career spanning more than two decades, Kathryn has also become a major force in product manufacturing and has dedicated herself to producing her bespoke textile collections, weave collections, and upholstered goods all locally in the United States.
Jonathan Nodrick is the Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Rollout, an internationally acclaimed custom wallpaper company. Over ten years ago, he had a vision to start a design studio where creativity could strive. A place where integrity and art could coexist with great design to make a viable commercial enterprise that would have the power to invigorate, inspire, and shake up established notions of wallpaper design in the commercial design industry. Rollout would reinvent wallpaper.
The Rollout studio is continually reinterpreting large scale artistic expressions on wallpaper, drawing inspiration from many forms of visual art – from experimental street art and photographic imagery to abstract painting and surface explorations – all of which raise digitally printed wallpaper beyond the functional and into the spotlight of interior design.
Brian Gluckstein is recognized as one of the top designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal and was voted Favourite Interior Designer by House & Home readers. As a regular guest expert on nationally broadcast television show “Cityline” for over 20 years, Brian regularly offers design solutions and advice on home style. Brian’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and House Beautiful. Launched in 1999, his GlucksteinHome product collection is available at Hudson’s Bay, Home Outfitters and Lord & Taylor.
Lynda Reeves is one of Canada’s best-known media personalities in the field of design and decorating. In 1986, Lynda launched House & Home magazine, which grew to become one of North America’s most popular design/lifestyle publications. Maison & Demeure and numerous special interest publications followed after, in both print and digital formats. Lynda hosted the first daily talk show about design, gardening, decorating and food, which aired on several national networks and specialty channels, globally, for nine seasons. Today, House & Home Television is available for streaming on houseandhome.com and YouTube, as well as via app on many smart TVs. House & Home Media also recently launched shophouseandhome.com, a new and exciting curated online shopping site for home decorators. LRDS, the in-house design studio, takes on select residential design projects and Lynda’s monthly column can been seen in House & Home magazine. Lynda resides in Toronto and in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Tommy Smythe‘s contagious enthusiasm and fun loving approach to decor and renovating have made him an international design favourite. A career spanning more than 20 years has left no stone unturned in getting the message of good, practical and beautiful design to his many followers through television, print media and popular speaking engagements. Known for his warm and personal mixture of fine art, vintage, antique and modern furnishings pulled together with a cutting edge colour sense, Tommy never lets it all feel too serious. As he says, “If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing!”
Richard Ouellette has over 20 years of experience in all areas of design, including fashion, styling, event planning and interior design. He currently serves as President and Creative Director of the Montreal-based architecture, build and design firm, Les Ensembliers. His extensive and multidisciplinary design experience with materials, objects and spaces has led him to become a master of his craft. Les Ensembliers’ raison d’être, “Building meaning into beauty,” drives their approach to all creative endeavours, including their new fabric and trim collection with Brunschwig & Fils. Richard believes in authenticity and getting personal, and his designs are deeply rooted in his journey as an artist and designer.
Beth Hitchcock brings a lifelong passion for words and decorating — along with 20 years of experience in the magazine industry — to her role as Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine. With a keen eye for design, a Journalism degree and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, Beth has written about and worked with some of Canada’s top designers, stylists and photographers. She has appeared regularly on TV and radio, and been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities across Canada. In her free time, Beth loves to travel, watch baseball and putter around her century home in Toronto’s east end.
Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation.
Eschewing style in favor of designing in the modus of our time, Karim’s designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, and Veuve Clicquot; democratic products for Umbra, bobble, and 3M; timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; exquisite lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asus and SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic graphics for Citibank and Sony Ericsson; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Eos.
Karim’s influence expands beyond product to interiors, including restaurants like Amoje Food Capital in South Korea; hospitality design for nhow Hotel Berlin and budget hotels for Prizeotels in Bremen, Hamburg, and Hannover; public environments like Universita Metro Station in Naples; and retail design for Fun Factory in Berlin and Munich. Additionally, he has collaborated on innumerable concept exhibitions for clients such as Dupont Corian, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, and Audi. In 2017 Karim launched KURV Architecture D.P.C. with partner Alex Hughes AIA, bringing a unique multidisciplinary approach to architecture, investment, and development.
Numerous awards and accolades attest to Karim’s contribution to the world of design. He is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Pentawards, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Carlton University, Pratt Institute, OCAD in Toronto, British Institute of Interior Design, and Corcoran College of Art & Design
Contemporary artwork created by Karim ranges from digital prints to public art/ installation and sculpture. His works are featured in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions worldwide, including Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and The Center Pompidou. He has exhibited across the globe and is a frequent contributor to the Venice Biennale. He is represented by Sandra Gering Gallery in New York City.
A cultural shaper, Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject. He is also regularly featured in print and digital platforms by media companies like CNN, Vogue, Elle, GQ, The New York Times, and countless more. This reach allows Karim to fulfill his ambition of disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.
Karim’s latest monograph, XX (Design Media Publishing, 2015), features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20 years. Other monographs include From The Beginning, an oral history of Karim’s life and inspiration (Forma, 2014); Sketch, featuring 300 hand drawings (Frame Publishing, 2011); KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim’s interior designs (Rizzoli, 2009); Design Your Self, Karim’s guide to living (Harper Collins, 2006); Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005); Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books 2004); and classic titles Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001).
In his spare time Karim’s pluralistic practice flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.
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