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January 21-24, 2021
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Experiential and transformative, we bring together compelling concepts, innovative products, upcoming talent and key experts in the industry so you can be inspired by the best of the future. The future has a place for everyone. Come experience the legacy of our past and the products of today, to envision your own promise of the future.
The Globe and Mail’s Lifestyle Editor, Maryam Siddiqi, surveys a group of industry insiders about the value and joy of incorporating designed-in-Canada work into your home. This talk celebrates the launch of The Globe’s "Designing Canada", in partnership with EQ3, an annual feature highlighting the best residential
architecture, interiors and houseware products of the year.
Named as one of Monocle magazine’s most influential Canadians and chosen as one of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices of 2016, Omar Gandhi is the principal of Omar Gandhi Architect, a practice founded in 2010 with small teams in Halifax and Toronto. The studio was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome, was included in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory, and received the 2018 Governor-General’s Medal in Architecture for its work on Rabbit Snare Gorge and honored as the only Canadian practice in Architectural Record Magazine’s 2018 Design Vanguard. For the 2018/2019 academic year, Gandhi was appointed as the Louis I. Kahn visiting assistant professor in architectural design at the Yale School of Architecture.
Former product designer and long-time art, craft and design devourer, Jody Phillips has a diploma in studio art from Capilano College as well as a BFA from the University of British Columbia with a major in studio art. Phillips is as motivated by the business of design as she is by the huge amount of talent and inspiration born in, and flourishing along, the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful coast. Publishing her book, Currents: Contemporary Pacific Northwest Design, in late 2018 highlighted Phillips’s desire to create visual narratives, champion design in the region and connect international and regional happenings. Phillips has been the director of the Interior Design Show Vancouver since 2014.
Following his graduation from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture Environmental Design program, Vik was a adjunct design studio instructor at the school from 2014 to 2018. Directly following, he joined Canadian home furnishings company EQ3 as a product designer, where he designed multiple collections such as the Burrows bedroom, Boom coffee table and Husk dinette table, which are still part of EQ3′s offerings today. Vik exhibited at IDS in 2009 and 2011, when his collaborative work with Thom Fougere earned the Rado Design Award for Best New Prototype. Now the senior director of brand development for EQ3, Vik sits on the board of Border Crossings magazine and ownes Parlour Coffee and co-founded Little Sister Coffee Maker and Dogwood Coffee Canada.
Moderated by Maryam Siddiqi, Lifestyle Editor at The Globe and Mail
As the Lifestyle Editor at The Globe and Mail, Maryam Siddiqi helms Globe Pursuits spanning the best in style, design, travel, food and drink, and health. As a writer, she specializes in lifestyle editorial, primarily travel and design, and her work has appeared in the National Post, Chatelaine, Report on Business, En Route and Elle Canada.
Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Today, Jonathan Adler is a design company with retail locations worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, a full slate of residential and commercial projects and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations
globally. The brand now includes furniture, lighting, home accessories, decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, rugs and pillows. Jonathan Adler’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and luxury is reflected in all the brand does. The brand strives to create luxe and livable interiors that are seriously designed, but don’t take themselves too seriously.
Moderated by Beth Hitchcock, Columnist for The Globe & Mail
Beth Hitchcock writes the weekly Personal Designer column for The Globe & Mail's Pursuits section. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine and is currently developing several book projects, including a series with acclaimed designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson to be published by Simon & Schuster this spring.
Paul Austerberry is a critically acclaimed Canadian production
designer who recently won an Oscar for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water. His first experience working with Guillermo was in the summer of 2015 on Pacific Rim 2.
Graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Architecture, Austerberry worked in the architecture profession before segueing into production design for film. During his career in film, he has designed extensively for feature films with credits including 12/24, 30 Days of Night, Pompeii, The Liberator, Deadfall, The Three Musketeers, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Deathrace and Men With Brooms. His most recent work is Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter 2. Paul is the recipient of a Critics Choice Award and a BAFTA award.
Moderated by Nathalie Atkinson, Columnist for The Globe & Mail
Nathalie is a Toronto-based arts journalist, film critic, columnist for The Globe and Mail, and a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association. She also contributes widely as a culture commentator and freelance writer for FASHION, Zoomer, CNN, BBC and Noir City. In addition to guest lectures and on-stage interviews at the TIFF, the International Festival of Authors and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Nathalie is also the creator and host of the monthly film series, Designing the Movies, where art direction, costume and production design are the lens for compelling talks with notable personalities who find creative inspiration on screen.
Please note that while keynotes are complimentary with admission, signing up for a talk does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis at the Caesarstone Stage.
Learn from industry experts on a variety of current topics. Each class runs for 60 minutes. Tickets $25.
11:30 AM | Vanessa Fong Aaron Miller | DESIGN CLASS: RESET Home – Human Wellness in the Home
So often we base design primarily on the visual. Does it look good? Does it look sexy? However, our other senses (sound, touch, taste and smell) also positively impact our health and wellness. Join Vanessa and Aaron the team behind this year’s concept house to learn about the design elements of the home, which are designed to connect the home to your body’s natural rhythms. The team will review the materials and design strategies used in the Reset Home and talk about ways to incorporate this into your next project.
1:00 PM | Linda Pinizzotto | DESIGN CLASS: Rocky Road or Smooth Sailing when Renovating your Condo
In today’s world condo owners need to understand the value of their building and not just their unit. They contribute monthly to common expenses and their reserve fund. The Condo Owners Association thrives on creating awareness, our Founder CEO can explain how to maintain long term sustainability in your condo unit and within your building, especially when refurbishing. What should you look for in a building to ensure quality? What is the life span of materials used in a refurbishment and how can you ensure longevity to maximize the value? This class will cover what you need to consider before, during, and after a renovation, leaving you with design tips and confidence in your unit, your building, and your future refurbishment decisions in all types of condo buildings.
2:30 PM | Emily Grundy | DESIGN CLASS: Colour & Concept 2020
This course will take the viewer on a visual journey with stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2020 forecast for colour and design trends. We will explore the drivers influencing future colour and design trends that include global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors that shaped our forecast. Together, these 45 trend colours are spun into five welcoming and intuitive palettes bring joy, serenity and focus to the mind, body and spirit.
4:00 PM | Sharon Portelli, Melissa Tossell, Michelle Mawby | DESIGN CLASS: How to Work with an Interior Designer
Getting started on a home renovation can be tough. Learn from qualified Interior Designers what you need to know about yourself and your home before you start.