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September 26 - 29, 2019
Vancouver Convention Centre West
As LA design shapes global design, influences and trends, so the world casts its own effect here. And technological forces–from material innovations to instantaneous exposure—continue to impact the process. How are designers—of lighting and furniture, public to private spaces— responding?
Join A+R’s Rose Apodaca in a spirited panel talk with some of the design world’s brightest, award-winning stars, flying into town for this special appearance and companion showcases exclusive to the festival: Simon James & Scott Bridgens of Aukland-based Resident and Lukas Peet of Vancouver-based ANDlight.
4:00 PM: Doors Open
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Talk
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Open House
Creativity is hardly the sole reserve of the drawing board, and equally best applied to getting products to market. Having honed his operational chops at London’s Tom Dixon, Scott Bridgens returned home and founded Resident with fellow Auckland mate Simon James in 2011.
Simon James is a force not only in his native New Zealand, but worldwide as creative director of the multi-designer furniture and lighting house Resident. He also designs original furniture for both residential and commercial spaces under the Simon James Design name. Simon infuses character into clean, uncomplicated forms. His design approach is largely intuitive, with people and their experiences of a space a central focus for him.
Lukas Peet left his native Canada in 2005 to attend the prestigious industrial design program at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. After graduating at the top of his class in 2009, Lukas returned to Canada and founded Lukas/Peet Design, which is active in the fields of product design, interior design, graphic design and public space. In 2013, Lukas co-founded ANDlight with Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis. ANDlight is a contemporary lighting company based in Vancouver that aims to challenge existing standards in lighting.
Panel moderator Rose Apodaca is co-owner of A+R, a leading North American resource for modern furniture, lighting and décor, and anchor showroom and programming space at ROW. In addition to co-helming A+R, Rose is an award-winning journalist and two-time New York Times bestselling author and creative director, as well as consultant to the beauty, fashion and product design industries.