Keynote Speakers.

See who’s joining us for IDS Vancouver 2017.


Jaime Hayon

Friday, September 29 | Caesarstone Stage

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. Jaime Hayon’s designs created a new wave that blurred the lines between art, decor and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture. Jaime’s wide client base spans diverse functions and mediums, including domestic furniture, lighting fixtures, as well as interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments worldwide. TIME Magazine and Wallpaper Magazine have included Hayon as one of the most relevant creators of our times.

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Matteo Cibic

Friday, September 29 | Caesarstone Stage

Matteo Cibic  is an Italian designer and creative director. He is known for his objects with hybrid functions and anthropomorphic and joyful shapes. He works indiscriminately with industrial processes and small artisans, for luxury brands, collectors and hi-tech companies. His most known projects are the Domsai terrariums, 10A clothing range and the Tim Towers in Rome. His works are displayed in museums, institutions and galleries worldwide.


Camille Walala

Saturday, September 30 | Caesarstone Stage

Beginning her career as a textile designer, Camille Walala specialises in transforming spaces with a vibrant blend of colour and pattern. Seen in venues and adorning buildings across London, Sydney, New York and beyond, her designs are instantly recognisable, explode with energy and are engineered to evoke a smile in anyone who sees them. Camille is influenced by the work of the Memphis Group, South Africa’s Ndebele tribe and op-art pioneer Victor Vasarely, but her gleefully asymmetric patterns and eye-popping approach to colour are entirely her own. Soon, we’ll all be living in Walaland – and a good thing too: it’s a happy place.

Presented by


Kate Arends

Sunday, October 1 | Caesarstone Stage

A St. Paul-based creative and multichannel marketing consultant with extensive experience in the design industry, Kate Arends wears many hats: blogger, product developer, branding consultant, and designer. In 2009, she founded Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog that has garnered a tight-knit following with an edited yet approachable point of view on decor, fashion, and entertaining. In addition to running Wit & Delight, Kate creates award-winning strategic design, marketing, and product solutions for nationally renowned brands including Target, 3M, Fossil, and Red Wing Heritage.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Tuesday.

Bobbie Burgers

Bobbie Burgers is an artist living and working in Vancouver BC, and the Okanagan valley where she has a country studio. She has been exhibiting since the early 90’s with yearly exhibitions in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and Europe, and at art fairs such as Art Miami, Art Chicago and San Francisco Art Fair. Bobbie is known primarily for her large scale, rebellious botanical paintings, her use of colour and formidable brushwork. She has a degree in film and art history from the University of Victoria. She has spent years painting in the south of France, where she studied in her early years and continues to return to capture the light.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Brent Comber

Brent Comber is a fourth generation Vancouverite who grew up on the city’s North Shore. In a city barely one hundred years old, his history is also Vancouver’s. While growing up in the shadow of the Coast Mountains, where the temperate rainforest plunges into one of the Pacific Rim’s greatest and busiest natural harbours, Brent developed a unique understanding and appreciation for the natural shapes and materials of his west coast environment. He has always believed that people have a strong connection to solid wood, and wanted to build forms that would allow them to access and connect to this ancient material. Although his work may be rooted to the Pacific Northwest, Brent’s reputation has become internationally renowned.

Talks.

Sponsors.

OS & OOS

Both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven, Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen started the firm OS & OOS in the Autumn of 2011. Studio OS & OOS tries to find the balance between form, material and their relation to the surroundings and the user. For the duo, it is the constant search to find the essence in the complex that drives them, taking an initial concept and working it into an object that conveys only what is meant to. The majority of work borders the line of design (in the industrial/ functionality sense) and autonomous objects; best described as contemporary objects derived from concept, yet rationalized to give them purpose.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Studio RENS

Studio RENS is a research-based design studio in Eindhoven founded by Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren. The studio initiates projects in which colour often plays a key role. Can porcelain colour itself? What does it take to revive a collection of carpets? How do different types of wood react to paint, and can one’s life cycle be visualized in tapestry? The designers of RENS process the answers in highly expressive presentations and remarkable designs.

Talks.

Sponsors.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Wednesday.

Martha Sturdy

Artist

Martha Sturdy

Born and raised in British Columbia, Martha Sturdy has always been inspired and guided by the elements. Materials like mineral and salvaged cedar find expression in her work — offering a reflection of a landscape that is itself bold, clean and strong. Martha has always been enthralled with the scale of nature on the West Coast. Never delicate, but always pared down, her work finds a balance in its weightiness and a resolve in its proportion. Each piece is an investment in aesthetic and function. At Martha Sturdy Inc., pieces that are released will be passed down from generation to generation. The work is created by hand and engenders a sense of confidence in those who are close to it.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Sabine Marcelis

Sabine Marcelis is a designer living and working in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Raised in New Zealand, she studied industrial design for two years at Victoria University of Wellington, and continued her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she graduated in 2011. Since graduating, she has been operating Studio Sabine Marcelis, working within the fields of product, installation and spacial design with a strong focus on materiality. Her work is characterised by pure forms which highlight material properties.

Talks.

Sponsors.


Friday, September 29, 2017
Miele Trade Day.

Adele Rankin

Principal

CHIL Interior Design

Adèle Rankin started her interior design career in 2000 and her enthusiasm hasn’t wavered since. If you have the chance to chat with Adèle about her background, you’ll get to know more about her extensive experience in planning, designing and leading teams through oversight of many hospitality and residential projects throughout North America and Asia. Her enthusiastic, get-it-done approach is contagious and when collaborating on project and design challenges, you’ll often hear her say, “ideas come first, not the egos.”

Seminars.

Bonne Zabolotney

Bonne Zabolotney is Vice-President Academic and Provost at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She holds a Bachelor of Design from Alberta College of Art and Design, a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University and is a PhD candidate in Media and Communication at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as a communication designer in Vancouver since 1993 and some of her most notable work can be found in the philatelic section of the National Archives of Canada.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Christopher Grubb

Christopher Grubb has been called a style maker and expert design influencer by clients, editors, manufacturers and producers alike. Christopher is President of Beverly Hills based Arch-Interiors Design Group, which is internationally recognized for its creative and unique work in high-end residential, commercial, medical, health and beauty, exterior, retail and hospitality. Christopher received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through The University of San Francisco and the Academy of Art College and received a scholarship to study for a year abroad at the Universitá Cattolica in Milan, Italy. Throughout his career, Christopher has been sought-after as a speaker on the international and domestic lecture circuit on what makes design compelling.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Claire Pijoulat

Co-Founder

WantedDesign

French-born Claire Pijoulat is the co-founder of WantedDesign. Started in 2011, WantedDesign is an international event and creative platform that brings together the global design community to showcase, discuss and share exciting, inspiring and innovative projects and designers. The event takes place during NYCxDESIGN (New York Design Seek) each May.

While still a student in France, Claire started working on a variety of different projects for a design studio and importer, and later for Roche Bobois International in 2002, which took her to Vietnam, Greece, Russia and Italy. After receiving her Masters in International Business from the University of Turin (Italy), Claire relocated to New York in 2005 to start her career as Marketing Director for Roche Bobois USA. In 2010, Claire decided to move on to the next challenge and began freelancing for web agencies, foreign cultural offices in NYC and international companies, focusing on new communication and web strategy projects. WantedDesign, now going into its eighth year, is the result of an afternoon conversation with Odile Hainaut, during which both women realized their shared passion for design could fill a void within this specialized community.

Seminars.

Glenn Lawson & Grant Fenning

Owners

Lawson-Fenning

Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning began their exploration when they were furniture design students at ArtCenter College in the late 1990s. Pasadena was a welcoming place: the area’s appreciation for a contemporary golden age of design and craft had been on point ever since Eudorah Moore’s 1960s/1970s California Design exhibitions; the vast Rose Bowl flea market still felt like undiscovered territory for 20th-century design pickers; and square footage for creatives wasn’t exorbitant. They took a studio space in Old Town Pasadena as their workshop, mostly to make new furniture, tinker and reimagine vintage pieces. Nineteen years later, they’re still hunting for and dreaming up the pieces we love, albeit on a larger retail scale: a two-story Melrose Avenue flagship; a neighborhood store in Silverlake, and a separate LF workshop where they craft furniture. They keep their inventory moving so they can build an idea, discover new artists, and see collaborations through. As a result, their showrooms never quite look the same from day to day. After all, a home is a dynamic space that ought never collect dust.

Seminars.

Halla Helgadottir

Managing Director

Iceland Design Centre

Halla Helgadóttir, Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre, has an extensive experience as an art director and a creative administrator. Educated as a graphic designer, Halla worked in the advertising industry for 20 years running her own company, and hence has a very good insight into the process of the work of designers and close contact with the business sector. Halla focuses on work demanding high standards of design, creativity and quality of solutions, as well as rigorous work methodology and economic efficiency. In her role as Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre, Halla has acquired knowledge and experience of working with different professions within design and architecture, the creative industry in general, as well as working with the public sector.

Seminars.

Ingrid van der Wacht

International Project Manager

Dutch Design Foundation

For her own company Factor-I, Ingrid van der Wacht works as a connector, conceptor and communicator with a focus on co-design for people and planet. Over the years, she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. She has extensive experience in cross-sectorial partnerships between public authorities, industries, businesses, designers, and users  with a focus on new methodologies to co-design. She is an ambassador for Design for Europe and freelance international project manager for Dutch Design Foundation, the organizer of Dutch Design Week. On this behalf, she also works as chair of the membership committee for World Design Weeks.

 

Seminars.

Jaime Hayon

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. Jaime Hayon’s designs created a new wave that blurred the lines between art, decor and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture. Jaime’s wide client base spans diverse functions and mediums, including domestic furniture, lighting fixtures, as well as interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments worldwide. TIME Magazine and Wallpaper Magazine have included Hayon as one of the most relevant creators of our times.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Jane Cox

Principal

Cause+Affect

Board Director

Vancouver Design Week

A social entrepreneur, natural-born catalyst and seasoned creative strategist, Jane’s design-thinking mind uncovers and connects the authentic nuances within organizations to help them define their culture and identity to improve connection and engagement with their audiences. She is a recognized leader in bringing creativity and design to the forefront of city building, social entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Jane’s clients benefit from her extensive experience and insight into transforming business plans and strategic objectives into active and compelling brands and initiatives that inspire, connect and drive impact.

Seminars.

Jennifer Navva Milliken

Curator of Craft

Bellevue Arts Museum

Jennifer-Navva Milliken is a curator and writer whose work is inspired by the objects with which we live and the hands, tools, and ideas that shape them. Both an embedded staff member in international art museums and an independent curator, she brings a fresh yet comprehensive approach to a broad diversity of arts initiatives. Her exhibitions have been presented in museums, art fairs, galleries, and unconventional spaces, and her writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and publications that investigate and critique the intersecting fields of art, craft, and design. With a uniquely global perspective, honed through a life split between two continents, she is driven by the extraordinary power of the arts to challenge preconceptions and bridge divides.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Jeremy Vandemeij

Executive Director

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Jeremy Vandermij is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Board Chair of World Design Weeks, and a freelance marketing consultant. Previously, he was Director of Marketing and Sponsorship at IIDEXCanada and Creative and Marketing Director at the Gladstone Hotel, where he was managing the brand, creating events and exhibitions, driving demand, building social and brand capital, and expanding the cultural content of the institution. He has worked as a designer for 10 years in marketing, communications, architecture, education and interior design and has been art-making since he was old enough to negotiate tools. His experience includes Co-founder of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Curator of Come Up To My Room, Instructor at Ryerson University, and Designer at Roundabout Studio, ALSOP Architects and the Design Exchange.

Seminars.

John Filomena

John Filomena is an online strategist, trainer, speaker and the National Marketing Manager for Caesarstone Canada. 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 organizations such as the IDC and NKBA. His goal is to help clients create connections with their customers and nurture them into relationships that help grown their bottom line.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Kelly Deck

Kelly Deck is one of Canada’s most recognized designers of luxury homes. She is the Director of her Vancouver-based firm Kelly Deck Design. Its work focuses on high-end custom homes and extends to interior architecture, decor, and turnkey services. The firm is renowned for its attention to detail and outstanding client care. Projects span traditional family estates and modern city residences, intimate ocean-side cottages and luxurious alpine villas. The firm is both conduit and custodian to the client’s lifestyle and taste. In addition to her design work, Kelly’s ideas have had a wide reach through her former HGTV Television Series Take it Outside, a national column in The Globe and Mail, and ongoing contributions to Western Living Magazine, Canadian House and Home, and Style at Home Magazine.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Matteo Cibic

Matteo Cibic  is an Italian designer and creative director. He is known for his objects with hybrid functions and anthropomorphic and joyful shapes. He works indiscriminately with industrial processes and small artisans, for luxury brands, collectors and hi-tech companies. His most known projects are the Domsai terrariums, 10A clothing range and the Tim Towers in Rome. His works are displayed in museums, institutions and galleries worldwide.

Seminars.

Michael Leckie

Michael Leckie received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Prior to studying architecture, Michael completed a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and philosophy. Michael has studied, apprenticed, and led projects in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Greece, Egypt, and Italy. This broad experience base informs the inquiry-based experimental approach that drives the work of Leckie Studio Architecture + Design. Leckie Studio seeks to expand and evolve traditional models of architectural practice and initiate cultural change. Their approach is highly contextual, with a research-based approach to the multidimensional aspects of context – physical, temporal, political, economic, and social.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Odile Hainaut

Co-Founder

WantedDesign

For over 18 years as forceMAJEURE (formerly Raison Pure)’s Director of Communications in Paris and based in New York since 1999,  Odile Hainaut merged the commercial and the artistic together in the communication of design.  In May 2007, she co-founded Gallery R’Pure in New York, introducing the work of new and emerging furniture, lighting and object designers to the New York design marketplace. Through curated shows and expositions at Gallery R’Pure, Odile created excitement around a new generation of design talent, bringing their work to new audiences and buyers, and to private and institutional clientele. In 2011, Odile co-founded (with Claire Pijoulat) WantedDesign NYC, a satellite design event during New York Design Week. This event features international designers, curated exhibits, and a dynamic program of design conferences, special events and design school workshops. With her connection to design institutions, schools and museums, the design press, furniture showrooms, and a presence at international fairs in Paris, Milan or Miami, Odile continues to seek out and promote new creative talent. She shares her view on contemporary design, her passion for innovation, her taste for the rare, the beautiful and unique, by selecting and organizing these thought-provoking exhibitions.

Seminars.

Paola Tassara

Managing Director, Pacific Northwest and Licensed Stores Design

Starbucks

Seminars.

Shai DeLuca Tamasi

Shai DeLuca Tamasi is the Principal of Shai DeLuca Interior Design, an internationally award-winning design studio 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 architecture, setting and client’s 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.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Sharon Grech

Sharon Grech is a Colour & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore and Colour & Décor Expert on Cityline. She has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority and spokesperson on all aspects of colour, home fashion and style trends. With a passion for colour and style, Sharon has been a popular décor expert on Canada’s top lifestyle program, Cityline, since 1997. Behind the scenes, Sharon works with the US-based Benjamin Moore Colour & 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.

Seminars.

Sponsors.


Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday.

Alexa Hampton

Owner and President

Alexa Hampton

Since Alexa Hampton took the reins of Mark Hampton, her father’s iconic firm, as owner and president in 1998, she has advanced its legacy of elegant, practical, classically based interiors for modern living – and extended its global reach. From New York City to Hangzhou, China, her project portfolio encompasses luxe, beautifully layered urban apartments, expansive town and country residences, private airplanes, and yachts. Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100, House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, and Elle Decor’s A-List, Hampton translates the classical principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and functional domestic landscapes.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Bobbie Burgers

Bobbie Burgers is an artist living and working in Vancouver BC, and the Okanagan valley where she has a country studio. She has been exhibiting since the early 90’s with yearly exhibitions in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and Europe, and at art fairs such as Art Miami, Art Chicago and San Francisco Art Fair. Bobbie is known primarily for her large scale, rebellious botanical paintings, her use of colour and formidable brushwork. She has a degree in film and art history from the University of Victoria. She has spent years painting in the south of France, where she studied in her early years and continues to return to capture the light.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Brent Comber

Brent Comber is a fourth generation Vancouverite who grew up on the city’s North Shore. In a city barely one hundred years old, his history is also Vancouver’s. While growing up in the shadow of the Coast Mountains, where the temperate rainforest plunges into one of the Pacific Rim’s greatest and busiest natural harbours, Brent developed a unique understanding and appreciation for the natural shapes and materials of his west coast environment. He has always believed that people have a strong connection to solid wood, and wanted to build forms that would allow them to access and connect to this ancient material. Although his work may be rooted to the Pacific Northwest, Brent’s reputation has become internationally renowned.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Camille Walala

Beginning her career as a textile designer, Camille Walala specialises in transforming spaces with a vibrant blend of colour and pattern. Seen in venues and adorning buildings across London, Sydney, New York and beyond, her designs are instantly recognisable, explode with energy and are engineered to evoke a smile in anyone who sees them. Camille is influenced by the work of the Memphis Group, South Africa’s Ndebele tribe and op-art pioneer Victor Vasarely, but her gleefully asymmetric patterns and eye-popping approach to colour are entirely her own. Her clients include schools, festivals, clubs, and international brands, and she is always on the lookout for larger-scale spaces to transform. Soon, we’ll all be living in Walaland – and a good thing too: it’s a happy place.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Mark Challen

Mark Challen is a design media expert, speaker, podcast host and illustrator. He is the founder and creative director of Stylecooler.com, a new arts website and podcast dedicated to celebrating the visual side of culture. Before launching his start-up company in 2017, Mark was the Vice-President of Communications for House & Home Media, and appeared as a regular guest on House & Home TV and Entertainment Tonight Canada. Mark’s monthly travel and style column in House & Home magazine — along with his frequent keynote speeches and gala fundraising events — have earned him a reputation as one of Canada’s most insightful and inspiring voices in design and style.

Talks.

OS & OOS

Both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven, Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen started the firm OS & OOS in the Autumn of 2011. Studio OS & OOS tries to find the balance between form, material and their relation to the surroundings and the user. For the duo, it is the constant search to find the essence in the complex that drives them, taking an initial concept and working it into an object that conveys only what is meant to. The majority of work borders the line of design (in the industrial/ functionality sense) and autonomous objects; best described as contemporary objects derived from concept, yet rationalized to give them purpose.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Studio RENS

Studio RENS is a research-based design studio in Eindhoven founded by Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren. The studio initiates projects in which colour often plays a key role. Can porcelain colour itself? What does it take to revive a collection of carpets? How do different types of wood react to paint, and can one’s life cycle be visualized in tapestry? The designers of RENS process the answers in highly expressive presentations and remarkable designs.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Suzanne Dimma

Suzanne Dimma is one of Canada’s most recognized design and decorating experts. She is the Principal and Creative Director of the boutique design agency Suzanne Dimma Design, specializing in residential interior design, decorating and consultations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including House & Home, Cottage Life, Chatelaine, Wish, and Gardening Life magazines,  as well as the Globe and Mail, National Post and the Toronto Star. Suzanne has been influential in design media for more than two decades. For eight years, Suzanne was the Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine — Canada’s leading authority on design and decorating. Her past roles include Design Director for Wish, Gardening Life, and Canadian Family magazines. She also acted as the Creative Director for the House & Home product line sold at 100 Hudson Bay stores across Canada. Suzanne is a fixture on design television and has been a regular guest expert on Cityline for more than ten years. She also hosted and co-produced her television series, The Style Dept., on HGTV, and is now a frequent design contributor on The Stylecooler Podcast with fellow style influencer Mark Challen — a new weekly design and culture podcast streaming on iTunes.

Talks.


Sunday, October 1, 2017
Sunday.

Fiona Forbes

Editor in Chief

Vancouver Luxury Living Magazine

Fiona, who is best known for her many years hosting Vancouver’s hit TV Talk Show THE RUSH, loves her work. “I get to meet so many interesting people every day and hear their stories. I’ve lost count, but I think I’ve interviewed over 25,000 people over the last 20 years!” Fiona has interviewed A-listers to Prime Ministers, rock stars to astrophysicists and is a proud pop culture fanatic, social media addict and a self-professed geek…perhaps best described by Hollywood guru Larry Moss who called her a woman with “chutzpah who reminds me of Lucille Ball.” While Fiona loves her TV work, she was honored to join the Vancouver Luxury Living Magazine team as Editor In Chief in January 2017 and is excited to showcase all of life’s luxuries, both big and small, that this place we call Lotus Land has to offer.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Gaile Guevara

Creative Director & Lead Associate

Gaile Guevara Studio 

Gaile Guevara an interior designer & creative based in Vancouver, BC with an extensive background in residential interior design and vision-focused projects in commercial, office, and retail concepts. While completing her interior design degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Gaile began her career working with BC’s leading multi-family residential developer Polygon Homes. Early days of working with an extensive private art collection to a growing appreciation of building communities, her experience grew from an entry level position to learning to build systems management with a growing team. The follow-up to a quick learning curve, Gaile saw the value of collaboration while under the mentorship of minimalist interior designer Donna Toppings. From multi-family developments to developers’ own homes, Gaile learned the value of design to be more than just aesthetics.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Gillian Segal

Principal & Founder

Gillian Segal Design

Gillian has always had a passion for design. Watching her parents build their first family home, she quickly realized that thoughtful design can have a profoundly positive impact on quality of life. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree, Gillian pursued her true passion for design by attending BCIT’s Interior Design program and graduated magna cum laude. After earning her CID and working with some of Vancouver’s top design firms, Gillian decided to start her eponymous design firm. She describes her personal style as “modern, eclectic glamour.” Inspired by her travels and love for design of decades past, Gillian loves blending the old and the new. Gillian is also an interior design contributor & writer for marthastewart.com

Talks.

Sponsors.

Karin Bohn

Owner & Creative Director

House of Bohn

Karin Bohn is the founder and creative director behind the award-wining Vancouver-based design firm, House of Bohn. Karin established the interior design firm over 8 years ago, and since has made her mark in many industries including luxury residential, multi-family, restaurants and retail. With each project, Karin attempts to continuously push the boundaries of typical northern West-Coast interior design and since establishing her firm, the interior designer has garnered a number of Georgie Awards, builder awards, as well as press and media attention. Aside from her distinctly modern approach to design, Karin’s work truly reflects a unique, glamorous and playful eclectic aesthetic.

Karin credits her diverse German-Chinese heritage for the reason she’s fearlessly able to take bold risks with her projects. Growing up, the interior designer would spend time with both sets of grandparents who could only speak broken English at best. Being exposed to deep German and Chinese cultural roots and such diverse traditions at a young age, is the reason Karin’s work is influenced by so many periods, cultures and countries. Almost nothing is off limits when it comes to her designs.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Kate Arends

A St. Paul-based creative and multichannel marketing consultant with extensive experience in the design industry, Kate Arends wears many hats: blogger, product developer, branding consultant, and designer. In 2009, she founded Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog that has garnered a tight-knit following with an edited yet approachable point of view on decor, fashion, and entertaining. In addition to running Wit & Delight, Kate creates award-winning strategic design, marketing, and product solutions for nationally renowned brands including Target, 3M, Fossil, and Red Wing Heritage.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Martha Sturdy

Artist

Martha Sturdy

Born and raised in British Columbia, Martha Sturdy has always been inspired and guided by the elements. Materials like mineral and salvaged cedar find expression in her work — offering a reflection of a landscape that is itself bold, clean and strong. Martha has always been enthralled with the scale of nature on the West Coast. Never delicate, but always pared down, her work finds a balance in its weightiness and a resolve in its proportion. Each piece is an investment in aesthetic and function. At Martha Sturdy Inc., pieces that are released will be passed down from generation to generation. The work is created by hand and engenders a sense of confidence in those who are close to it.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Sabine Marcelis

Sabine Marcelis is a designer living and working in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Raised in New Zealand, she studied industrial design for two years at Victoria University of Wellington, and continued her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she graduated in 2011. Since graduating, she has been operating Studio Sabine Marcelis, working within the fields of product, installation and spacial design with a strong focus on materiality. Her work is characterised by pure forms which highlight material properties.

Talks.

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