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October 1 - 4, 2020
Vancouver Convention Centre West
Hopie Stockman runs Block Shop’s Los Angeles studio, and is equal parts business operations manager and textile designer. She studied English literature and painting at Brown University, and after five years working in investment consulting, she went to Harvard Business School with the goal of learning the building blocks for running a socially responsible business.
Block Shop is a textile company that marries the traditional Indian hand block printing process with a modern California aesthetic. Founded in 2013, Block Shop is a direct collaboration between Los Angeles-based sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman and a community of master printers, dyers and weavers in the desert state of Rajasthan, India. Their bold, geometric designs are inspired by the architecture and palette of the sisters’ three home bases: downtown Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, and Jaipur. Block Shop quickly amassed a cult following for its iconic designs and transparent process, and has since grown into an international lifestyle brand with limited-edition collections of scarves, woodblock prints, linens, pillows, kantha quilts, hand-woven dhurries and wool rugs, all available in select boutiques around the world and online. Block Shop invests 5% of its profits into community healthcare initiatives in Rajasthan.
Three editors will answer your questions about all things publishing, from what to include in a pitch to how to get in touch with editors. The panel includes Eleanor Gibson, Acting US Editor of Dezeen; Sarah Jo Ward, Interim Executive Director of Arcade; and Tiffany Jow, Editorial Director of GRAY. GRAY's Assistant Editor Claire Butwinick will moderate what promises to be a lively conversation.
A panel of interior design experts in hospitality will discuss how design can maximize the experience of eating and drinking. Panelists include Karin Bohn, Founder & Principal, House of Bohn; Hannarie Visser, Founder, Studio H; Craig Stanghetta, Founder & Principal, Ste. Marie Art + Design; and Janaki Larsen, Potter, Janaki Larsen Ceramics.
Aleem Kassam was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He started his path in interior design in 2004 by obtaining a formal education at the Art Institute of Vancouver, where he met Phyllis Lui. In 2007, they decided to make their friendship an official business partnership. Their new firm name, Kalu Interiors, would be derived from their surnames, Kassam and Lui (KA-LU). While they each have very unique styles and sensibilities for design, the pair share an undeniable passion for interior design. It is this passion that led them to understand the importance of personal style and space in their clients’ homes. Inspiring, beautiful, aspirational, unique, individual–all qualities they feel an environment should reflect.
Kassam attended the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree of Interior Design & Sustainable Interior Architecture. He later attended the Domus Academy in Milan for Hospitality Design and Central Saint Martins in London for Retail Design. This global perspective brought him to a broader platform as a participant on From the Ground Up, a television series broadcast on networks around the world, including HGTV. Since then, he has made various media appearances, making him a fixture in the design industry both locally and abroad.
HOT NEW NEXT is a dynamic competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward. The winners from the regional competitions, held earlier this year in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle, will face off in this "Shark Tank"-style program, presenting a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling new design-related concept or product to a panel of experts.
Judges will offer realtime feedback on their pitches and product, and determine the ultimate winner, who will win a cash prize, judge mentorship, and the designation of being the next big thing in Pacific Northwest design.
GRAY is a privately-held media company based in Washington, and is North America’s only magazine dedicated exclusively to design from the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada. GRAY’s print and digital magazines, talks, competitions, website, and events are curated to reflect the culture of leading design in this region. Established in 2011, GRAY presents the best of the best in interiors, architecture, fashion, art, and design—encouraging a global audience of more than 1 million designers and consumers to look to the Pacific Northwest for sourcing, inspiration, and leadership.