2018 Keynote Speakers.

See who are joining us at IDS Vancouver 2018.


Woman. Architect. Entrepreneur.

Friday, September 21 (8:00 AM) | Caesarstone Stage

What is it like to be a female leader in architecture, a profession still heavily dominated by men? What unique perspectives do female principals bring to the built environment? We are proud to present the Liebherr Trade Day Keynote Breakfast, featuring three leading North American female architects. Jing Liu of New York’s SO-IL, Johanna Hurme of Winnipeg’s 5468796 architecture, and Susan Scott of Vancouver’s Scott and Scott Architects join AZURE Magazine’s Executive Editor Elizabeth Pagliacolo for an honest conversation on the Caesarstone Stage. Through their current and future work, they will discuss what it means to be a woman leading an architecture firm in 2018, as well as the challenges and victories they’ve experienced so far in their careers.


Michael Ford

Friday, September 21 (11:00 AM) | Caesarstone Stage

It may not be obvious to most people, but hip hop lyrics have a lot to say about ill-conceived architecture. What’s often not considered in the construction of high-density neighbourhoods is the psychological and sociological impact of design and planning on those who live there. Architect Michael Ford has dedicated himself to exploring the connections between music and design, christening himself the Hip Hop Architect. Michael is dedicated to stimulating cross-disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. More specifically, Michael has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as LeCorbusier in envisioning the built environments, which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture.


Alex Mustonen

Friday, September 21 (3:30 PM) |  Caesarstone Stage

Alex Mustonen is the founder and partner of Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. Snarkitecture’s 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 architectural-scale projects, installations and objects. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

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Susanna Björklund

Saturday, September 22 (1:00 PM) | Caesarstone Stage

Helsinki-based trend analyst Susanna Björklund uncovers the futures, conducts research on customer centricity, changes in consumer behaviour and values, and implements new design processes. Susanna has worked as a fashion designer and as a journalist specialized in fashion, living, interiors, design and futures trends. Since 2015, Susanna has  been curating Signals, the trend installation of the Habitare fair in Helsinki, combining societal with interior and living trends. Signals has gained wide recognition both in Finland and internationally. She runs ENNE, works as a lecturer, researcher, journalist and also runs classes to emerging talents in Lahti Institute of Design and Helsinki Design School.


Brian Gluckstein

Saturday, September 22 (3:00 PM) |  Caesarstone Stage

Acclaimed designer Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious, liveable interiors. As principal of GlucksteinDesign, his portfolio includes residential projects in cities such as Aspen, Palm Beach, Miami and New York, and high-profile commercial projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach. Brian is internationally recognized as one of the top thirty-five designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal. As a regular guest expert on nationally broadcast television show “Cityline” for over 20 years, Brian has offered design solutions and advice on home style.


Aly Velji

Sunday, September 23 (1:00 PM) |  Caesarstone Stage

Aly Velji has been involved in the design industry for many years specializing in both residential and commercial design. Having appeared on HGTV, CityTV and CTV, Aly has become the go to design, décor and lifestyle expert. His work has been featured in several national publications. Incorporating both current and classic trends, he ensures that he creates original and timeless designs for all of his clients. Mixing different furniture styles from modern to traditional and using pattern and texture have becoming one of his signature statements.

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Karim Rashid

Sunday, September 23 (3:00 PM) | Caesarstone Stage

Industrial designer and prolific visionary Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4,000 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. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject.

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Friday, September 27, 2019
Liebherr Trade Day.

Cedric Burgers

Principal Architect, Burgers Architecture

Burgers Architecture is a team of architects, interior designers, and technologists led by Principal Cedric Burgers. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the AIBC. Burgers Architecture has been recognized with many awards and publications including Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards, Design Exchange Gold medal for Sustainable Design, and multiple winners of Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

Seminars.

Elizabeth Pagliacolo

Executive Director, Azure Magazine

Elizabeth Pagliacolo is the Executive Director of Azure, the magazine where she started out 15 years ago as an intern and worked her way up to senior editor. In 2017, she was the Director of Programming of EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology, a 10-day festival launched by the Design Exchange. Prior to that, she freelanced as a design and architecture journalist for many publications in Canada and abroad. She has traveled the world covering design and interviewing some of the world’s most brilliant innovators.

Talks.

Johanna Hurme

Founding Partner, 5468796 Architecture

Johanna Hurme is a founding partner of Winnipeg firm 5468796 Architecture. Working around a single table, the practice unites the diverse knowledge and experience of 12 young professionals. Its roster of remarkable residential projects includes the OZ Condominiums and the Governor General-winning Parallelogram House. The firm has achieved national and international recognition; it also curated “Migrating Landscapes” for the Canadian pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

Talks.

Brent Comber

Designer/Owner, Brent Comber

Brent Comber is a fourth generation Vancouverite who grew up on the city’s North Shore. Throughout his life here on the West Coast, Brent has developed a unique understanding and appreciation for the natural shapes and materials of the Pacific Northwest. He has always believed that people have a strong connection to authentic materials, the environment, and local culture. Brent’s inspiration comes from an innate desire to connect people with their natural environment and the rich history of our earth, using many forms of storytelling to bring us closer to these themes.

Seminars.

Michael Ford

Principal, BrandNu Design

Michael Ford is a designer, born and raised in the city of Detroit. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), where he completed his graduate thesis titled “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and Design.” He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit, Mich. and as an adjunct professor at his alma matter. Michael has spent the past decade working to blur the lines between professional practice and academia. He is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. More specifically, Michael has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as LeCorbusier in envisioning the built environments which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture. His Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including FastCo Design, Blavity,  The Fader, CityLab and Vibe Magazine. Along with these publications, Michael has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, UPenn and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Ben Barber

Designer/Owner, Ben Barber Studio

Object designer Ben Barber explores the character of shapes, and the emotional resonance in colour. Disengaging with the rhetoric of “west coast modernism” he challenges conventional and established design archetypes you have come to expect. The dynamic way in which Ben approaches work in steel, glass, fabric and wood are then pushed through a filter of colour, in which complex structures are made to feel simple.

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Leah Ring

Designer/Owner, Another Human

Leah Ring is the furniture and conceptual designer behind Another Human. Since its founding in 2017, Another Human has launched a collaboration with Urban Outfitters, been named as a finalist in Lane Crawford’s Creative Call out as well as an honoree on the Sight Unseen American Design Hot List, and exhibited on a global scale. Drawing inspiration from the Memphis group, construction sites, and outer space, Ring’s work is sculptural and modern—playful with a practical twist.

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Trish Becher

Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore & Co.

Prior to taking the role as A & D Rep for Benjamin Moore & Co. in 2017, Trish spent 17 years working with developers and builders on design development, space planning and specifications for multi and single-family residential projects, as well as commercial projects. Her role included designing show homes and sales centers on award winning projects, as well as developing the overall interiors and schemes. Trish has an in depth knowledge and understanding of the designer-builder relationship and how it impacts the overall project. Her years of job-site experience have honed her Interior Design education from BCIT. Trish’s new role as Architectural & Design Rep at Benjamin Moore has expanded her world, allowing her to impart the skills and knowledge she’s developed over the past 20 years, while delivering CEU presentations and facilitating product specifications for designers and architects.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Jay Miron

Designer/Owner, Jay Miron Furniture

Jay Miron designs and builds bespoke furniture in Vancouver, Canada. His passion for design began during a previous career in the bicycle industry. During his seventeen years as a professional rider, he worked with many talented designers and engineers on nearly every product type sold in the bicycle world from complete bikes, to bike parts, safety gear, clothing, and more. Through this experience, he learned a lot about the design process, and he’s been able to transfer these skills into furniture design. Jay believes good design is meaningless without quality craftsmanship. He completed his furniture training under Robert Van Norman at his world-renowned Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking, located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.

With the world’s population continuing to climb and resources being depleted at increasing rates, sustainability plays a huge role in his work. North American hardwood trees take 30 to 50 years to reach the point when they’re ready for timber production. He works slowly and carefully, as he builds each piece to the absolute best of his ability, with the intent for it to last three or four times longer than it takes for a tree to grow.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Neal Aronowitz

Owner/Designer, Neal Aronowitz Design/Art

Neal Aronowitz, a Brooklyn, NY native, has been living and working in Portland, OR since 1995. After studying art and architecture in New York and Massachusetts, he founded a successful construction company, all the while building furniture on the side while raising a family. In 2014, he made the decision to crack open decades of art and design sketchbooks and make real some of the more daring and experimental ideas that had been percolating for years. The response has been overwhelming, with numerous design awards and international recognition in the design press for his sculptural-inspired furniture and lighting pieces. His studio is busy creating new and commissioned work.

 

 

Seminars.

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Mike Brown

Senior Vice-President, Creative, FCBX

Mike Brown joined FCBX as SVP, Creative in April 2018. Reporting directly to FCB Chief Creative Officer, Liz Taylor, he oversees all creative work for the agency’s experiential clients. Inspired by visionaries in architecture, design and technology, Mike believes in the power of live experience to drive change across commerce and culture.  He is driven to build solutions that are responsible, intelligent and beautiful —  from digital to physical, pop-up to permanent, interactive installations to multi-channel experiences. He aspires to create work that provokes the imagination, sparks engagement, elevates meaning, perpetuates conversations and creates change. With over 20 years of experience working across culture and commerce, his clients have included Chanel, Bulgari, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Adidas Y-3, Uniqlo, CNN, Verizon, Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola. Mike joins FCB from Superfly, the creators of Bonnaroo and Outsidelands. Previously, he has worked at a variety of agencies including The Rockwell Group, Radical Media, Ogilvy, Grey, Momentum and Wasserman Media.

Seminars.

Alex Mustonen

Founder & Partner, Snarkitecture

Alex Mustonen, founder and partner of New York-based firm Snarkitecture, is speaking on the Caesarstone Stage on Friday, September 21 as part of the AZURE Trade Talks!

Snarkitecture’s 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 architectural-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. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

Talks.

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Jing Liu

Co-Founder, SO-IL

Jing Liu is a co-founder, with Florian Idenburg, of the New York firm SO–IL, which emphasizes mission-driven cultural projects as an integral part of the urban fabric. Its paradigm-shifting projects include the Kukje gallery in Seoul and the upcoming CTF Museum in Hong Kong. Liu’s perspective extends outside the conventional architectural platform through her many artist collaborations and curatorial partnerships. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia GSAPP and a board member at the influential Van Alen Institute.

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Mary Burgers

Interior Designer, Burgers Architecture

Mary Burgers received her BA in Communications at Simon Fraser University and studied Interior Design at BCIT. She is part of Burgers Architecture, a firm that has been recognized with many awards and publications including Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards, Design Exchange Gold medal for Sustainable Design, and multiple winners of Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

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Seminars.

Carolyn Stern

Principal, Carolyn Stern

Carolyn Stern is a successful entrepreneur who specializes in helping professionals get unstuck. As a life-long learner and academic, Carolyn is a professor, corporate trainer, certified Emotional Intelligence Expert, author and professional speaker. Carolyn’s focus and passion have been on teaching emotional intelligence, leadership and team building in the workplace. She drives individuals and corporations to learn how to connect authentically, communicate effectively and thrive collectively by interweaving emotional intelligence along the way.

Seminars.

Rachel Gallaher

Senior Editor, GRAY Magazine

Rachel Gallaher is one of the founding editors and came to GRAY from Seattle Homes & Lifestyles in 2011. She has written for City Artsand Kinfolk, and was nationally recognized at Folio Magazine’s “30 Under 30” awards in 2015 as an up-and-coming star who will shape the future of the magazine media industry.

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Alberto Minotti

Owner, Minotticucine

For Italian kitchen designer Alberto Minotti, there’s nothing more important than having passion for what you do. As the second generation designer of minotticucine, Alberto first saw this passion, drive and determination in his father, who founded the company in 1949. Alberto saw a new opportunity for the company in 1999. He overhauled the style and market position of the brand completely, and identified a new design path he defined as “Mediterranean minimalism” and “essentialism”. This new company vision was largely characterized by the use of one particular natural material – stone.

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Lisa Fulford-Roy

Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE

Lisa Fulford-Roy is the Managing Director to lead CBRE‘s Workplace Strategy Initiatives in Eastern Canada. With over 20 years of experience, Lisa joins CBRE from HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, where she supported clients with unique and innovative, business-aligned workplace solutions. In her position at CBRE, Lisa has lead the team to deliver holistic real estate solutions within an integrated Occupied Solutions practice.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Jim Stelter

Chief Commercial Officer, Yulio

Jim Stelter is Yulio‘s Chief Commercial Officer, with 40+ years in the furniture and design industry, from sales administrator to CEO. Jim has seen first hand how the magic of VR can transform the industry and is excited to be a Yulio cheerleader.

Seminars.

John Filomena

National Marketing Manager, Caesarstone

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.

Seminars.

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Susan Scott

Principal, Scott & Scott Architects

In 2012, Susan Scott and her husband David established the architecture studio of Scott & Scott Architects within their family home in Vancouver. They have quickly been recognized for their thoughtful design and the quality of their work. They were awarded The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Young Architect Award in 2016 and the prestigious Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2017.

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Tanja Hinder

Principal, Marrimor Design Studio

The award-winning Swiss entrepreneur, Tanja is a multi-disciplinary designer (Interiors / Furniture / Objects) with an eye for clever design, precise execution, and — as one would expect of the Swiss — efficiency and order. Founding Marrimor Design Studio in 2011, Tanja’s the matriarch of Marrimor, taking pride in unlocking the good life for not only her clients, but her team as well.

Seminars.

Paula Kennedy

Principal, Timeless Kitchen Design

Paula Kennedy is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA. She received CLIPP Certified Living in Place through Living in Place Institute. The CACC Certified Architectural Color Consultant rounds out her professional accreditation. In 2017, she was awarded the NKBA Lifetime Ambassador designation and has been honored in the last 19 years as an award winner. She is published locally and nationally, and is now giving back by speaking, teaching, mentoring and writing.

Seminars.

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Toby Barratt

Partner/Designer, Propellor

Toby Barratt is a partner and designer at Propellor; a multi-disciplinary art and design studio based in Vancouver. Propellor’s work spans a broad range of disciplines from lighting and furniture design to exhibition design and sculpture. Common threads run through all of Propellor’s work; an interest in the forms and systems of the natural world, a passion for uncovering an idiosyncratic beauty in the objects that they design and a desire to make work that will last well into the future. Propellor’s lighting and sculpture hangs in public spaces, hotels, restaurants, boutiques and private residences around the world and is regularly exhibited in museums across Canada and abroad.

Seminars.

Jaan Andres

Principal, Jaan Andres Glass Design

Jaan Andres Poldaas studied glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design (BFA, Board of Governors Award 2007). In 2009, he began training at Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide, Australia. Andres is currently a member of the Terminal City Glass Co-op, and employed at Bocci Design and Manufacturing in Vancouver.

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Eric Savics

Co-Founder, Van Urban Timber

Eric co-founded Van Urban Timber with his partner Danny Hagge in 2011 at 21 years old, with a vision to re route the huge volume of logs coming down in urban/rural areas that were then being ear marked for green waste. Since the the inception of VUT, the log sourcing model has evolved, sourcing logs in traditional manners as well. VUT’s wood products are primarily architecturally focused. Van UrbanTimber has locations in both North Vancouver and Squamish, selling their products both locally, to the USA, Europe, and South Korea.

Seminars.

Eric Karsh

Principal, EQUILIBRIUM Consulting

Eric is a founding partner of Equilibrium Consulting, a structural engineering firm recognized internationally as a leader in the field of timber engineering. Eric is also co-owner of BC Passive House, a prefabrication company specialized in high performance panelized building systems, and a director of Design Build Research, a not-for-profit institute teaching the design and construction of socially, culturally and environmentally-relevant student-led installations.

In 2012, Eric co-authored “The Case for Tall Wood“ feasibility study report with architect Michael Green. The report brought tall wood construction onto the world stage, and was featured by high profile media including CNN, the Economist, National Geographic and the Fifth Estate to name a few.

Eric is currently working on the design of Tall Wood and other major timber projects in Canada, the US, China, Sweden, France and Brazil.

 

Seminars.

Sholto Scruton

Principal, Sholto Design Studio

Sholto Scruton is the Principal of Sholto Design Studio, a small firm in downtown Vancouver thoughtfully creating public installations and made-to-order furniture for embassies, universities, museums, galleries and private collectors locally and internationally. Prior to starting the firm in 2011, Sholto Scruton spent a decade learning the trade craft of furniture design after completing a Masters in Industrial Design in the UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts in his native BC. He was awarded Western Living’s Furniture Designer of the Year in 2015 for his Emerald collection of furniture.

Sholto teaches a course in Product Design at KPU’s Wilson School of Design in Vancouver. Most recently, he has designed and created a permanent exhibit space for Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art to showcase the jewelry by Canadian icon Bill Reid. Sholto is committed to encouraging social and environmental idealism as it relates to the design and manufacturing of products.

Seminars.

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Sebastian Herkner

Principal, Studio Sebastian Herkner

Sebastian Herkner was born in 1981 in Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at the HfG Offenbach am Main (Offenbach University of Art and Design). Focusing on designing objects and furniture that merge various cultural contexts, he often combines new technologies with traditional craftsmanship to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details.

Whilst still a student, Herkner did an internship with Stella McCartney in London, which helped to hone his feeling for materials, colours, structures and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Fontana Arte, Moroso, Pulpo, Thonet and Wittmann, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and museums. Between 2007 and 2012, he has taught several courses at HfG Offenbach am Main as a visiting lecturer. His designs have received multiple prizes, including the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category, the 2015 EDIDA Award for Best International Newcomer and Guest of Honor at imm cologne 2016.

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Jaime Derringer

Founder and Executive Direction, Design Milk

Jaime Derringer is Founder and Executive Editor of modern design blog Design Milk, which quickly became the “go-to” site for unique modern interiors, home furnishings, art & architecture and is now one of the most popular design blogs reaching millions of readers across the globe through various channels. Design Milk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine, and was one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and is a Twitter influencer in Art & Design and a Google+ Partner. Inspired by her love for dogs, in 2010 Jaime launched modern design blog Dog Milk to expose dog lovers to pet design that fits their uniquely modern sense of style. Her most recent venture, Adorn Milk, is an online shop devoted to architectural and statement jewelry.

In addition, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design, blogging and social media, and offers consulting. She dreams of designing textiles, running more than 8 miles, and having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—reading and drawing. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter and their dog.

 

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Jennifer McCullum

Managing Editor , GRAY Magazine

Jennifer joined GRAY in 2016 as an editor and was named managing editor in 2018. She’s a seasoned writer and editor specializing in style and design with clips from esteemed titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living, San Francisco Magazine, and Boston Common, and was an instructor at the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.


Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturday.

Brian Gluckstein

Interior Designer & Hudson’s Bay Home Design Ambassador

Acclaimed designer Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious, liveable interiors. As principal of GlucksteinDesign, his portfolio includes residential projects in cities such as Aspen, Palm Beach, Miami and New York, and high-profile commercial projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach. Brian is internationally recognized as one of the top thirty-five designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal. Brian lives and works in Toronto, New York, and Palm Beach. Brian graduated from Ryerson University’s prestigious Interior Design degree program. In 1986, he founded GlucksteinDesign, which has since been honoured with numerous awards for design excellence, including ARIDO Awards for Excellence in Residential, Commercial, Corporate Design, and the National Builders Association and America’s Awards for Excellence in Sales Office and Model. As a regular guest expert on nationally broadcast television show “Cityline” for over 20 years, Brian has offered design solutions and advice on home style. Voted Favourite Interior Designer by the readers of House and Home, in 1999 Brian launched GlucksteinHome, a complete line of home furnishings including furniture, tabletop, bedding, bath and décor bringing his elegant aesthetic to a wider public.

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Riley McFerrin

Principal, Hinterland Design

Hinterland Design‘s founder Riley McFerrin is a visual artist, designer and builder. Inspired by his background in art, work in modernist architecture, and relocation to the forests of British Columbia, he created the Hinterland aesthetic. Hinterland creates unique work for people to use, enjoy and cherish. Drawing on fifteen years’ experience, Riley believes in and stands behind his techniques, designs and finished products. Everything he builds has a story. It starts with the materials, is shaped by the design and build, then develops through the many hands that use it throughout its lifetime.

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Bari Ziperstein

Owner, BZIPPY & CO.

Bari Ziperstein has a multidisciplinary practice of art, public art and a design line under BZIPPY & CO based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Chicago, she was raised by design collectors and architecture enthusiasts where they traveled across the U.S. just to find the ideal Bakelite Radio, Boomerang Lamp or 60s ceramic cookie jar.  She attended Cal Arts (2004) for her MFA and attended Ohio University (2000) graduating with a BFA in Painting and a Women’s Studies Certificate. Currently, she lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband a home brewer/aerospace engineer and their toddler Lawrence.

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Susanna Björklund

Trend Analyst & Journalist

Helsinki-based trend analyst Susanna Björklund uncovers the futures, conducts research on customer centricity, changes in consumer behaviour and values, and implements new design processes.

She has gathered a wide experience in the fields of design and marketing. Susanna has worked as a fashion designer and as a journalist specialized in fashion, living, interiors, design and futures trends. In the field of marketing, she has been in charge of the visual entities for multiple print and TV commercial productions. Since 2015, Susanna has  been curating Signals, the trend installation of the Habitare fair in Helsinki, combining societal with interior and living trends. Signals has gained wide recognition both in Finland and internationally.

Lately, she has taken on the task of helping numerous Finnish companies to understand the latest changes visible at international trade fairs. She runs ENNE, works as a lecturer, researcher, journalist and also runs classes to emerging talents in Lahti Institute of Design and Helsinki Design School.

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Danny Chartier

Co-Founder and Designer, Montauk Sofa

The original Montauk Sofa store opened in Montreal on St. Laurent Boulevard, an iconic cultural corridor fondly referred to as the Main. Early on Zyto brought in Danny Chartier, as head designer and executive manager. Together they made up the yin and yang of what is today recognized as the Montauk brand. The larger than life minimalist cool space soon became a magnet for the ‘plus ultra’ clientele. Moreover, it was a staple destination for interior designers and decorators across the city. The rest is history. You can now find a Montauk Sofa showroom in the most dynamic cities in North America – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, New York and Chicago.

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John Hemsworth

Founder and Principal, Hemsworth Architecture

John applies his diverse experience in architectural design, mechanical engineering, environmental initiatives, and community development work to further our commitment to an environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive architecture.

With over 16 years of architectural experience, John has been involved with all aspects of architectural services, including: feasibility studies, programming, design, contract documents and construction administration. His work has been recognized with numerous provincial and national awards.

John is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, teaching design studio and serves as a regular critic and thesis mentor, as time permits.

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Shannon Heth

Founder and President, Milk Creative Communications

As the founder and president of Milk Creative Communications, Shannon has over 10 years of experience in comprehensive strategy, visioning, brand positioning and media relations execution, with client work that includes the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, Canadian National Film Board, Interior Design Show Vancouver, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Fjallraven, and Frank + Oak. Prior to opening her own agency in 2009 Shannon lived and worked in New York where she handled public relations for some of the city’s largest galleries, art dealers and foundations. Beyond the responsibilities of managing a successful PR firm, Shannon also contributes regularly to lifestyle and luxury magazines.

With an extensive list of press contacts and an eye for design, Shannon has a keen sense of what makes a great story, and knows what it takes to have that story told.

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Thealzel Lee

Entrepreneur and President, E-Fund Angel Investment Fund

Thealzel is an entrepreneur, angel investor, founder, president and director of the E-Fund Angel Investment Fund and TIMIA Capital Corp.  She co-manages 3 angel investor groups: the VANTEC Angel Network, Angel Forum and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum.


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Bec Chapin

COO and Co-Founder, NODE

Bec Chapin is the Co-found of NODE which is a start-up company productizing radically sustainable residential buildings. They supply modular, turn-key, homes that are built in a controlled environment guaranteeing quality and project timeline.Focused on building offsite to local building codes delivering a completely non-toxic, ready to live in, home to our client’s property. The core building products don’t just provide shelter; they facilitate a wider circle of regenerative living. Providing clients with multiple floor plans that they can configure, coupled with a curated menu of finish options. NODEs are hyper-efficient, have healthy indoor air, and can be easily moved, expanded, repurposed or recycled. Facilitating sustainable living through pre-designed, pre-engineered, options for regenerative energy and water, and integration with the grid and electric cars.

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Kristin Slavin

Architect, PATH Architecture

As an architect, Kristin brings strong discipline and an eye for detail to every project. She has worked on all scales of projects, from large-scale institutional projects to single-family homes. Most recently, she served as the Project Architect on Carbon12, an eight-story mass-timber building, from the very beginning stages of the project. She contributed valuable ideas and hard work to a building that set new records for CLT in the US. Kristin also served as the Project Architect on the Kartini Clinic, the anchor tenant improvement in the Radiator Building. She has spoken at numerous mass-timber conferences in the US, Canada, and Japan. Kristin received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University and earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

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Kim Kovel

Senior Material and Color Innovator, Nike

​Before her current top-secret role as Nike’s Sr. Material and Color Innovator, Kovel helped craft Nike’s creative vision as the Global Color Design Director for footwear. Kovel’s broad career experience, from launching her own snowboard apparel brand and collaborating with brands such as Adidas-Salomon, Fila, Patagonia, and Moncler makes her visionary in product and branding world-class.

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Scott Maclaren

Seattle Proprietor, Design Within Reach

As an Account Executive at Design Within Reach, Scott has developed a loyal client base that has placed him in the top ten producers for the flagship studio withinin the company, and for the northwest region.

The Seattle Studio occupies a newly renovated building in the Pike Place Market neighborhood, a walker’s paradise rich in history and loaded with shops and restaurants. The Studio has ample space to display furniture and accessories in innovative contexts designed to help you envision how they might fit in your own home. Eye-catching features include the Light Cloud of pendant light fixtures, the Swatch Wall of 300 upholstery tiles and a rich assortment of chairs and sofas ready for test drives. Proprietor Scott MacLaren oversees the Studio with his friendly and knowledgeable sales associates.

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Jamie Pryde

Counted among some of the leading antique and decorative art dealers in the world, interior designer Jamie Pryde has a reputation for assisting celebrity clients and AD100 designers with their high-profile projects.

Jamie’s relationships with local artisans, extensive resources in the antique trade, and persistent appreciation for the unusual all lend to the development of each commission.

As a result, Jamie creates spaces that are always interesting and detail-focused; often establishing classically refined silhouettes in contrast with striking, modern texture, lending a sense of authenticity to even the most contemporary spaces.

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Bianca Solterbeck

Bianca Solterbeck spent a decade working in entertainment and lifestyle television for Shaw TV Vancouver, cutting her teeth as the Olympic reporter in the lead up to the 2010 Games. The Leo Award-nominated writer is best known for producing, writing and hosting the luxury real estate series, Dream Homes, which ran for three seasons across western Canada. She is currently hosting and producing Luxury Hunters which airs on Direct TV in the US. In her spare time, the Carleton University grad and boat nerd can be found enjoying the West Coast from the water.

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Jamie Banfield

Award-winning interior designer, Jamie Banfield has become a creative force in the industry, and recognized for his signature West Coast style.  Specializing in design for all spaces, with a focus on kitchen and bath, Jamie has the ability to transform and create well-edited spaces that exude both function and beauty. With a passion for textures and sustainable design, he often uses reclaimed materials, offering a unique perspective to his finished rooms. Recently recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as one of the industry’s top 30 Under 30 in North America, One to Watch by Western Living Magazine, a 2016 Finalist for the Robert Ledingham Memorial – Emerging Designer Of The Year Award and acknowledged with Best of Houzz 2017, 2016 + 2015- Customer Service, Jamie’s work can be seen in private residences throughout Western Canada.

Formally trained in interior design, with a complementary background in manufacturing, construction, and custom millwork, Jamie has an intrinsic understanding of the total design process. From inspiration to final completion, his knowledge, attention to detail, and ability to listen to him clients’ needs, have resulted in aesthetically functional rooms that truly reflect the people who live there.

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Rebecca Hay

Celebrated as one of Canada’s rising industry leaders, Multi award winning Toronto designer Rebecca Hay has a diverse portfolio ranging from luxurious private residences to large scale commercial projects both in Toronto and nationwide.

With a focus on exceptional quality, Rebecca Hay Designs offers a full range of interior design services, specializing in residential design. Rebecca’s designs infuse old with new, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary elements. An extensive network of resources and partnerships allow Rebecca and her team to deliver outstanding, hands-on service, and beautifully creative solutions that bring their clients’ visions to life. In addition to her residential design work, Rebecca and her team create award-winning sales, model home pavilions for some of the top home builders in the GTA.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. After living and teaching in the beautiful south of Spain she returned to Canada where she completed her design training in Vancouver. Upon returning to Toronto, Rebecca had the privilege to work with one of Toronto’s top high-end residential designers for several years before launching Rebecca Hay Designs Inc.

With over a decade of experience in design, architecture and construction under her belt, Rebecca has also worked in the engaging and high-paced world of television. She held the position of Show Segment Designer on “Income Property”, the award-winning lifestyle series on HGTV. She also performed a similar role on the highly-rated HGTV show “Property Brothers”. With tight deadlines and colourful personalities, these shows allowed Rebecca to bring her natural design and organizational skills to the fore under pressure.

Her work has been showcased in the pages of some country’s top design and lifestyle magazines and Rebecca is a new regular columnist for Reno & Décor Magazine, and the “New Homes & Design” section of the Weekend Toronto Sun. As well, she is a new regular contributing writer for numerous Ontario lifestyle design publications.

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Trisha Isabey

Trisha Isabey is an award-winning interior designer located in Kelowna, B.C. She is the founder of Isabey Interiors, an interior design firm that specializes in mid-priced to luxury projects. Trisha and her team of skilled designers work with both residential and commercial clients, bringing personality and style to their spaces, while also keeping a firm eye on usability and practicality. The recent recipient of three Tommie Awards and nominations for two Georgie Awards, Trisha is also a contributor to BC Living and Kelowna now, makes regular appearances on CTV Morning Live and produces her own web-based design show, Start To Style. When she’s not working, Trisha likes to spend time with her husband and two children, getting as much out of lake life as possible.

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Ben Barber

Designer/Owner, Ben Barber Studio

Object designer Ben Barber explores the character of shapes, and the emotional resonance in colour. Disengaging with the rhetoric of “west coast modernism” he challenges conventional and established design archetypes you have come to expect. The dynamic way in which Ben approaches work in steel, glass, fabric and wood are then pushed through a filter of colour, in which complex structures are made to feel simple.

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Leah Ring

Designer/Owner, Another Human

Leah Ring is the furniture and conceptual designer behind Another Human. Since its founding in 2017, Another Human has launched a collaboration with Urban Outfitters, been named as a finalist in Lane Crawford’s Creative Call out as well as an honoree on the Sight Unseen American Design Hot List, and exhibited on a global scale. Drawing inspiration from the Memphis group, construction sites, and outer space, Ring’s work is sculptural and modern—playful with a practical twist.

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Karim Rashid

Industrial Designer

Industrial designer and prolific visionary Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4,000 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. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject.

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Mary Burgers

Interior Designer, Burgers Architecture

Mary Burgers received her BA in Communications at Simon Fraser University and studied Interior Design at BCIT. She is part of Burgers Architecture, a firm that has been recognized with many awards and publications including Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards, Design Exchange Gold medal for Sustainable Design, and multiple winners of Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

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Aly Velji

Principal, Alykhan Velji Designs

Aly Velji has been involved in the design industry for eleven years specializing in both residential and commercial design. Having appeared on shows such as HGTV’s “Designer Superstar Challenge,” “The Style Dept,” City TV’s “My Rona Home” and most recently CTV’s “The Marilyn Denis Show,” Aly has become the go to design, décor and lifestyle expert.

Currently, Aly does regular television and radio spots on COSMO, E! and 98.5 Virgin Radio as one of Calgary’s “Style Guys”. His work has been featured in several national publications noting him as “A Guru of Decor,” “One of Calgary’s Hottest Interior Decorators,” and as the top 20 most compelling Calgarians.

Updating his Work It Out blog and contributing to his monthly “Aly’s Favourite Things” column in the Calgary Herald also keep him busy. He was shortlisted for Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year Awards in 2010 and 2014 for his rug and furniture collaborations and has been named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.

Incorporating both current and classic trends, he ensures that he creates original and timeless designs for all of his clients. Mixing different furniture styles from modern to traditional and using pattern and texture have becoming one of his signature statements.

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Chrissy Cottrell

Interior Designer and Founder, Chrissy & Co, & Curated Home by Chrissy & Co.

In 2009, she established Chrissy & Co in order to build a Vancouver interior design firm that would bring a curated mixture of elegance, sophistication and a sense of approachable luxury into her client’s homes. In January 2016 she launched Vancouver’s first concept boutique, Curated Home By Chrissy & Co, with a curated mixture of fine art, fine furnishings, lighting and decor with a design studio centered as the heartbeat of her vision. Serving as an eclectic mix of rare and one of a kind curated pieces from Paris, England, New York, L.A and Toronto to name just a few.

Chrissy’s aesthetic foundation for her design is often founded on the beautiful fusion of classic and contemporary interior design elements. Chrissy’s designs are inspired by her clients, rather than ever-changing trends; creating spaces that honour the balance of masculine/feminine and modern/traditional in order to tell a well-rounded story.

Known for her ability to beautifully fuse form and function, Chrissy captures the essence and individuality of each of her clients while staying true to her love of timeless elegance and European nuances.

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Chad Falkenberg

Designer and Co-Founder, Falken Reynolds Interiors

Chad Falkenberg was introduced to design amidst his Albertan farm boy upbringing, where he vividly recalls architectural cardboard models of their farm house and stacks of fabric samples his family’s interior designer friend kept in the basement. He left the homestead to acquire a degree in business, then worked abroad in Northern Europe, where he was exposed to the region’s Scandinavian architecture and design.

Chad later attended the Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona, where he explored Southern Europe’s whimsical aesthetic as typified by Antonio Gaudi. In 2007, Chad returned to Vancouver and apprenticed with acclaimed designer Robert Bailey.

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Jim Friesz

Architect and Co-Founder, Mutuus Studio

Jim Friesz co-founded Mutuus Studio in 2016,  bringing with him over  two decades  of experience  working on critically hailed design work, including museums, residential, offices, and institutional project experience. As a former Associate at nationally recognized Olson Kundig, he has overseen the design and construction of multiple buildings at Whatcom Community College as well as the Tacoma Art Museum Plaza and Gallery Addition  and has managed several urban projects, including 1111 E. Pike Mixed-Use Development and Art Stable.   He is passionate about working with organizations and people that value community connection and is deeply committed to advocacy of design in the public realm.  As a part of that commitment he leads the commercial, institutional and mixed-use projects in the firm. Currently Jim is leading the design of the Altius Institute based in the World trade Center in Seattle.

Like the other partners in Mutuus Studio, Jim comes from an artistic background and has developed a lifelong practice as a musician, offering a different perspective to our collaborative studio design process. Like other architects that draw with their hands, the kinesthetic act of playing an instrument offers an additional point of view. He leads and all designer band (Gray band) for  the upcoming Interior Design Show in Vancouver, Canada in the Fall.

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Stacy Kendall

Chief Creative Officer, GRAY Magazine

Stacy is one of the founding members of GRAY Media, starting out as its style director. She was named CCO in 2018. She is the creative strategist behind GRAY’s voice and tone and its outrageous events including the epic GRAY Awards Party. She previously served as market editor for Seattle Homes & Lifestyles magazine and director of marketing at the Pensacola Museum of Art.



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