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designers can tap into their inner strength, tenacity and knowledge to make huge diﬀerences in our world. Design, at its most powerful, is a public service. Many leaders, however, and the citizens they represent, are at a loss. They have no idea how design impacts the greater good and no idea how to reinvent our economy, and they perceive municipal – and societal – decline as inevitable. Imagine if federal governments worked with municipal leaders and teams of designers to re-imagine cities that have deteriorated over the years. We could reinvent Detroit! Imagine if we reinvented the road? The train? Our entire way of transporting goods and services? Our healthcare system? Our education system? Imagine if a mayor called together a design team to re-imagine the skyline or the abandoned industrial lands of a city? As designers, we are educated to create vision. Perhaps it’s not the X-ray vision of Superman, but it’s still our superpower. We need to put it to use for the greater good. After years of observing our general lack of value for our knowledge (evidenced by low wages and commodity servicing), I became president and CEO of Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s national design centre. At the DX, we placed great emphasis on design’s value and its contribution to our economy, environment and quality of life. In fact, I believe that design is a driver of our economy, preserver of our environment and essential to our quality of life. While I enjoyed eight years of leadership at the DX, I am still an advocate that design is in “every experience, every product and every environment.” Getting our clients to understand the ways in which design is utilized to develop and implement ideas is diﬃcult. I often say, ‘does a ﬁsh know that it’s swimming in water’? Likely not. Do people know that they are surrounded by ‘design’? Likely not. We must converse with the public as if we are starting at the very beginning of the ABC book. In my career, I have worked with diverse audiences to teach them how to ‘connect the dots’ and see the bigger picture of our world. Designers hold great responsibility, but they often do not take the time to understand how their choices aﬀect every aspect of our lives. Whether materials, fonts, heights or structures – these choices all have signiﬁcant implications; it is the ripple eﬀect. An interior designer from Alberta can make a choice that aﬀects an entire stone plant in Mexico. A graphic designer can make a choice about lighting signage that aﬀects the safety of an elderly person with low vision. An architect can make a choice about a building façade that reinvents a business’ entire image. As designers, we have a tremendous amount of power, but fail to recognize it and fail to verbalize it to others. Educators and professional associations should focus on the strategic nature of design and its broader impact on our society. However, it is not their responsibility alone. Design policy is critical to our profession. It is absolutely integrated with innovation, economic development, public safety, culture and
heritage. For policy to be most eﬀective, it must be embraced by leaders at the federal level and translated downstream into provincial/ state/regional and municipal levels. Many countries have embarked on policies and programs that have stellar results, including Korea, Denmark and the UK. Countries around the world have linked manufacturing to design innovation, but in North America and in many countries in South America, we struggle to make our case to the leaders of our countries. In Canada, I have spent countless hours in rooms with bureaucrats and politicians who stare blankly at me as I explain the power of design. One particularly amusing moment was in Ottawa with a senior advisor to the Minister of Industry. After spending 45 minutes extolling the power of design as a driver for our economy, he looked at his watch and said, “I’m too busy to worry about design, I have to focus on General Motors and Canada’s role in the auto industry bail-out.” It seems that my elementary explanation of the value of design was still not enough for this bureaucrat. Convincing as I am, reaching the government in Canada remains elusive. While that anecdote was many years ago, I suspect, even during the global COVID-19 pandemic, where we have been met with logistic and supply chain issues and product shortages, I would have the same response from the government bureaucrat today. They simply don’t understand how design can add value to products, services and experiences to not only sustain economies, but reinvent them. For the design profession to advance, we must also approach this problem from the ‘bottom up’. This begins with teaching our children creativity. Creativity has been socialized (or institutionalized) out of many of our schools – especially in North America. It is rare that children participate in a signiﬁcant amount of art, drama or music instruction. Pushed aside for math, science and computer training, children have been taught to exercise the left side of the brain, but not the right side. Whole brain thinking is required for creative problem solving and it is critical to our society and its survival. This should be emphasized in elementary school and strengthened as a child grows. The easiest way to change the world is to begin with children. Design is a holistic process that begins with the conception of an idea. It is strategic by the nature of the process. We should approach the larger issue of undervaluing design in a holistic manner – by revolution or by evolution. This challenge does not belong to one design discipline alone, it belongs to all of them. As well, this challenge belongs to our entire education system, not just primary education. And it belongs to the world, our global economy – not just one country alone. As we struggle to sustain our population, grow economies and raise the standard of living for developing countries, I ask, ‘how can we put the superpower of design to good use?’ Think about it. You will be in good company. OD
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WITH CARLA CONTE TEXT BY SAMANTHA SANNELLA
is a Toronto designer who began her career at Watt International, focused on retail design projects. Her work with Watt took her to Dubai, where she eventually started her own ﬁrm, Brand Creative LLC. Her talent has led the company to become a powerhouse of interior design in the Middle East. I recently had the pleasure of seeing her when she was visiting Toronto.
You have been recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Retail Designers worldwide. What qualities make a great designer? A great designer is a genuine listener and a keen observer of life. They have the ability to process this information into experiences that elicit true emotion in different types of people depending on the project and brief. Being inspired by abstract references that tie into an overall compelling story is also the only way to be truly innovative. I
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love pulling very personal pieces of information from a client or from understanding their audience in a very emotional way to make a space or experience unique. Being overly trendy and recycling ideas seen on Pinterest are the silent killers of our craft.
Commercial Interior Design Magazine named you as one of the outstanding women in the Middle East design industry. Can you tell us more about this experience? It’s always such an honour to be recognized as a powerful female in your field because I suspect that most of us don’t even think we’re doing anything exceptional until someone stops you in the middle of your hard work to praise you. If I’m being honest, my experience as a business owner in the Middle East design industry has been nothing but supportive from both my business set-up to my clients.
I think people assume that the region would be dominated by a strong patriarchal treatment of women but my ideas have always been celebrated. I guess if a male client has chosen to work with me in the first place, he is saying, “I respect you and I value your ideas,” and that’s all I choose to see and hear. If I focus on the one or two experiences where I felt my gender held me back, I don’t think I would have progressed the way I have.
How have you seen design change during the last decade? The last 10 years has seen designers become more conscious, consumers become more engaged, and overall aesthetic choices that celebrate individualism. With the rise of design apps such as Pinterest, the general population’s awareness and respect of design has risen. Along with that, of course, comes its own set of challenges for designers and a necessary education for clients around crafting a unique story for each project as opposed to promoting the “copy-cat” syndrome. Overall, this newly elevated
appreciation of the industry means that client design briefs and the demand for innovation is quite refreshing. With the hyper coverage in the press around climate change, ensuring that sustainable practices and materials are infused into projects from the beginning is much easier to sell to clients today than it was two decades ago when the conversation was nearly non-existent. Aesthetically, the decade has seen spaces journey through the extreme ends of the style gamut; from the pared back minimalism of Hygge to a dominant mid-century modernism and ﬁnally a type of eclecticism that celebrates the layering and expressive style of maximalism. ontariodesign.ca | 2022 ONTARIO DESIGN
What project are you most proud of? In 2019, we worked on the identity and interiors of a new organic and natural beauty brand called Ixora. With the client being a pharmacist himself and having dedicated his life to the creation of the product formulas, he was met with our equal passion in wanting to deliver a project that was both authentic in its narrative and immersive in the space’s experience. Ixora is a modern exploration of ancient civilizations through the eyes of nature and science. The design is inspired by the juxtaposition of natural materials, deconstructed architectural forms and agricultural methods from three historical periods – Mesopotamian, Roman and Egyptian. We wanted to erase the notion that “organic and natural” can’t be luxurious or premium and create an immersive experience that would appeal to and educate the local consumer. Ixora products are COSMOS certified (the highest level of organic certification in the world) requiring that the soil from the land where ingredients are harvested, are tested to ensure purity. With this in mind, it was imperative that our design convey an authoritative stance for the product category, erasing the often “farmlike”, shabby chic aesthetic that is often associated with other organic skincare competitors. Considering all aspects, the client requested a
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thoughtful integration of his personal journey developing the products within the design. Wanting to turn heads with a new approach to selling organic products, he requested an elegant and moody aesthetic with dramatic ceiling details, a feature wall composed from one of his key product ingredients and a trial area suitable for social media opportunities. Other requests included a VIP lounge that could serve herbal teas alongside a demo room where product education and private skin and hair analysis sessions could occur.
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What do you wish you would see more of in interior design? I would love to see people really pushing the boundaries in terms of specifying finishes and art pieces that are experimental and have an innovative artistic quality about them. I think whenever we have worked with independent studios that specialize in art installations to create feature walls and moments of time within our spaces that are specially curated, we’ve had the best aesthetic results and the most genuine impact on the end user.
What type of projects do you enjoy the most? I have been a self-proclaimed retail “geek” for years. I love how psychology and customer journey can come together under a conceptual narrative to create branded experiences that resonate with consumers whilst achieving the commercial objectives of the client. The quantifiable results that can be studied from the performance of these spaces removes the subjective nature of design that can sometimes be frustrating. A space that performs and achieves specific objectives while telling a story aesthetically is a true success in my eyes and the type of challenge that excites me as a designer. Recently,
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we have started to work on boutique hotel brands and concepts, which has been really invigorating for us as a studio as it taps into a side of our skills that is purely experience and leisure driven. We love creating spaces that focus on wellness and that have a positive impact on mental health. Spas, beauty lounges and fitness studios provide a creative outlet for us where we can indulge our design fantasies and create concepts that we ourselves would truly love and enjoy.
What’s next for yourself and Brand Creative? Any new initiatives? 2015 saw the company opening its first branch office in India where we were able to expand our technical team and tap into technology and resources that were advanced in comparison to the Middle East. That office has been incredibly successful, which opened the conversations around opening a branch office here at “home” in Toronto. Many of our Arab and Indian clients have either immigrated or are in the process of immigrating to Canada, which means that their brands will also migrate. We’re really excited to start seeing the brands we’ve created in this market reach North America and to hopefully thrive here as well. The residential sector has also come up with opportunities for our expansion on Canadian soil. OD
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was approached by Ray and Mike Chase, the creative team at Bond Build to conceptualize and design a very special property at 32 Dove Lane. The floorplans and exterior elevations that were completed by the architect were classic, but in need of further tuning and finer expression, which is an expertise of Tomas Pearce. Melandro Quilatan, principal partner, began with an exterior study of the architecture, and drawing on years of design immersion, he brought important enrichments and layers to the façade of the home. He introduced precast, metal and wrought iron details and a fresh new palette of classic finishes. The important inclusion of architectural features such as gables, turrets, stepped surrounds, faux attic
windows, enlarged chimney and an enhanced portico made the façade unique. Tomas Pearce developed several interior plan iterations for the Bond team, adjusting sight lines, introducing opportunities to enhance focal walls and better determining the ﬂow of space. Key features such as ﬁreplaces, wall panelling, millwork, kitchen design and ﬂooring were all carefully conceptualized and curated to contribute to the whole of the design. With a striking crisp white overall palette punctuated with dramatic black lacquers and metal details with a layer of delicately detailed plasterwork by the Bond workshops, the interior is textured and decadent. Of special note are the striking lacquered archways. These archways delineate the space and provide a sense of ceremony. ontariodesign.ca | 2022 ONTARIO DESIGN
The living room features a stone and mirror fireplace flanked with sconces and plaster mouldings. Adjacent to this sitting room is the formal dining room accented with tall windows and a black lacquer bar. In contrast to the white main floor, the den, which is located opposite, is dark and dramatic. The family room and kitchen are the heart of the home. The carefully integrated kitchen cabinetry has delicate curves, soft gold details and white marble. The large kitchen island features a contrasting grey countertop and dark lacquer finish and anchors the space. Another unique feature is the indoor/outdoor bar that directly connects the kitchen to the outdoor terrace. The windows can be fully opened to create a service bar to the terrace. The principal room on the second floor offers many great features including a coffered ceiling, a large ensuite bath with a free-standing tub, glass shower and a very special ‘fashion forward’ dressing room. The dressing room was inspired by a retail boutique experience and showcases clothing, bags, shoes and jewellery. It is finished with high gloss lacquer and mirror and equipped with a marble island.
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This project was brought to fruition by the unique partnership between Tomas Pearce and Bond Build. The discourse and ideas that were created during the design process and site visits led to its ultimate success. Bold and audacious concepts and a plethora of exquisite details contributed to the final product, which is an exciting interior masterpiece. OD
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is a critical part of the design process. Whether it’s communicating the design vision to the client, or corresponding with the team and trades who will help bring that vision to life, an effective exchange of ideas and information between the designer and other involved parties in the project is the secret to success. It takes a variety of tools to help others see and understand the vision. These can be traditional, tried-and-true methods like drawings, or translated via modern means, such as digital renderings and virtual tours. Most interior designers and architects begin their design work with schematic drawings, illustrating the client’s goals and the design concept through a floorplan, architectural details and placement of furniture and key elements. This gives clients a good understanding of the general direction. Once approved, a mood board outlines material, colour scheme and textural elements, helping to enhance the vision and bring the design to life. Of course, detailed drawings and specifications identify the minutiae of all materials, products and finishes, for reference by construction professionals. A good designer listens to the client’s needs and wants, forming the basis of the design, but learns to prioritize in the process. A good client lets the designer lead, as the designer is the expert, and they need leeway to do their job properly. Client input is important, however challenging every detail and making changes may delay the process and increase costs. When formulating your contract with the client, make sure you specify the number of revisions and add a line item for additional ones. Designers bring a variety of skills to the table, so we must encourage clients to leverage our experience, creative ideas, practical solutions, product and material resources, and tried-and-trusted construction trades. Building trust is critical. The designer should engage all parties, communicating with them along the way to ensure the design vision is taking shape according to plan. Design firms
should consider some of the new digital tools that offer schedules, chat rooms, messaging and drawing and photo repositories. One of the essential parts of the project is producing and maintaining the budget. This should be a priority of the designer, client and contractor. There are many ways a design can go overbudget: unforeseen issues can arise, with essential fixes that must be prioritized over optional items, or changes to the original plan that require re-ordering materials. However, with proper planning, and a contingency amount worked into the final budget, the client and designer should be able to manage. Communication is one of the most important skills of a good designer. An eye for style, creativity and function are also key, however if the designer can’t effectively communicate their vision, then the rest is meaningless. For the designer, that means listening with an open mind, asking questions and ensuring that everyone involved understands the implications and solutions. OD
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Luxury residential design: AN INTEGRATED DESIGN STRATEGY
Here are my top ﬁve execution tips for a successfully designed project: Hire a professional construction site supervisor This person should be on-site daily, monitor each trade, and be someone who understands the construction process. Ideally, this person is also the construction project manager who understands the schedule.
Ensure you have great design partners Their job is to realize a vision, provide detailed drawings and 3D renderings to help the client visualize the final product. They will guide the site supervisor on implementation techniques. The designer, architect and engineer should work together to ensure everyone has coordinated drawings.
usually expect three things from a luxury home renovation: high quality, good pricing, and quick completion. The reality is that in order to achieve any two of the above, most must make concessions on the third. For example, if you expect great quality and a fast turnaround, it will be expensive. If you want a quick renovation and a cheap price, the quality will suﬀer. As the old adage indicates, “good, fast, cheap: pick any two.” This doesn’t mean you should resolve to fall short in any of these aspects of your design project. It just means you need a good integrated design and construction strategy to stay on track with your goals. For successful projects, design, inspiration and implementation go hand in hand. The creative work is the soul of the design, but if the execution is poor, the whole project suffers. Therefore, a smart strategy includes both design and execution from the beginning. Execution issues arise as a result of poor communication amongst design teams – architects, interior designers, engineers and construction trades. While each tradesperson is responsible for their own task on paper, in order for the project to come together seamlessly, the various trades need to communicate with each other at key construction milestones. Failure to do so usually results in oversights, compromises and ultimately, renovation regrets. Today, with technology as our ally, communication is easier than ever before. There are many apps that allow real-time communication with scheduling programs and also accept uploads of drawings and photos. This makes communication much easier for all involved and as issues arise, this helps make resolution much easier. By adopting an integrated approach to design and construction and committing to a robust communication strategy, you can ensure that your project meets or exceeds expectations. A few extra steps in the planning phase can help you achieve great quality on budget and on time. OD Diana Rose is the principal and creative director for Diana Rose Design.
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Get samples of all materials, and order everything well in advance With COVID-19 delays, the waiting time for some specialty products and appliances can be up to one year.
Work with reputable trades This requires some due diligence early on, but this step can save you headaches down the road. Before hiring anyone, view their portfolio, check references and see their work in progress at other construction sites. Ask other design team members for references and recommendations.
Conduct bi-weekly site walkthroughs This regular inspection is a critical opportunity to ensure the project is on track, while addressing any developing issues in a timely manner. The quicker you catch it, the fewer the delays and costs.
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is an impressive interior designer. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for interior design school at Ryerson when she was just finishing high school. I knew back then she would become successful. I have watched her grow over the years and enjoy following her creative design solutions on social media. During this time, she managed to balance her design and construction business with a fulsome home life – wife and mother of four children.
Q. Cindy, tell me about this beautiful home? This was a project in the Scarborough Bluffs area and I was inspired by the surrounding ravine and view to the outdoors. It originally began as a partial renovation, but quickly evolved into a full-scale renovation and décor project.
Q. How did you choose the materials and ﬁnishes for this beautiful kitchen? I wanted to ensure we produced a timeless solution. Brass was making a comeback and I loved how it contrasted with the black and white elements. It is not overpowering and provides visual interest. The tile pattern behind the range is exciting, yet the overall kitchen is peaceful. The black window frames beckon you to look outside.
Q. What inspired the décor elements in the spaces? The client had an old chair and I had suggested re-upholstering in an animal print and adding a matching ottoman. This really set the tone for the entire space. Mixing traditional elements in a modern way was the basis for the design throughout the home. The client was receptive to our ideas and let us add some elegance with a little bit of edge to their space. ontariodesign.ca | 2022 ONTARIO DESIGN
Q. I see you used my favourite ﬂooring: herringbone. Tell me why you chose this? A herringbone floor is also a timeless addition to any space. Throughout history, herringbone has been used in many ways, including as a paving pattern in the Roman Empire. It adds visual variety and provides a classic solution. We used a lot of tone-ontone patterns in this home. This adds to the overall restful effect, but yet is visually stimulating.
Q. Cindy, I believe one of the greatest strengths about this home is its ‘livability’. Do you agree? As a designer, I tune into the client and their desires, but bring my expertise to elevate their taste while focusing on the functionality of the home. I believe this is what makes a successful residential
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interior designer. The spaces are interesting, timeless, easy to maintain and yes, definitely, livable.
Q. I know this is one of your ﬁrst projects as Soda Pop Design, but it remains one of my favourites. How did it change your life? Since this project, I helped my late-father build Soda Pop construction to support our projects. We needed a solution that provided high-quality construction for our homes and was also reliable. After his passing in October 2021, we continued this dream in his honour and are currently renovating a heritage home to use as our Soda Pop headquarters. As a design and construction business, we continue to raise the ante on the service we provide to our clients. OD
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Connecting the design and decorating industry THE MANY BENEFITS OF A DDA MEMBERSHIP
Decorators & Designers Association (DDA) of Canada is a Canadian professional association that elevates the decorating and design industry through member education, events, training, advocacy and community-building. For more than 25 years, designers and decorators across Canada have had an extra boost when it comes to connecting with suppliers and clients, polishing their skills, networking and growing their businesses. Representing Canadians from coast to coast, DDA Canada provides a large professional network that supports designers and decorators throughout their career. Whether you’re still in school, currently working in the industry, an educator in décor and design or retired, a membership with DDA Canada provides a rich, rewarding experience. While many DDA members are accredited decorators and designers, there are diﬀerent types of memberships available. Students studying decorating or design can apply for a membership to start building their professional network. There are also aﬃliate membership options available for companies that would like to connect with our decorator and designer members to share information and promote their products and services. In addition to supporting members to facilitate the development of skills and the growth of their business, DDA Canada supports the ongoing professional development of its members with regular educational events such as webinars presented by our aﬃliate members, showroom
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presentations and professional development days that feature a number of industry experts. The results are not only an increase in product knowledge but also the further development of members’ networks across the industry. Always working to foster the growth of the decorating industry in Canada, DDA advocates for the profession on policy matters, promotes a positive image of the industry through proactive activities and events, and upholds ethical services through government compliance and qualiﬁcation standards within the industry. DDA also provides the highest level of service and quality to the public by increasing awareness of the value and beneﬁts of hiring interior decorators and designers. DDA organizes an annual decorating and design competition to recognize décor and design excellence across Canada in a variety of diﬀerent categories. The contest is open to all accredited members and students enrolled in recognized decorating programs in Canada. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase your designs and promote your skills and talents as a decorator and designer. DDA is dedicated to helping members be the best that they can be for their clients and themselves by providing growth, networking and educational opportunities and giving members’ businesses an advantage in the highly competitive design industry because a DDA membership is the easiest way to connect with suppliers and peers and grow your business. OD
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WHY WORKING WITH A REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNER IS THE BEST CHOICE TEXT BY SHARON PORTELLI, CAE • PROJECT BY KARYN FARYNA, ARIDO • PHOTOS BY RYAN FUNG
wouldn’t get dental work from someone on the street, nor would you get just anyone to help you in a divorce. So why would you hire an unqualified person to complete your interior design project? The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) is the professional body representing and regulating interior designers in Ontario. Only registered members of ARIDO are authorized to use the designation ‘ARIDO’ and the title of ‘interior designer’ in Ontario. ARIDO protects the public by ensuring that interior designers are highly trained through a rigourous process of education, experience and examination.
What will a registered interior designer do for me? A registered interior designer will address form and function in a project and consider your vision, your lifestyle and your budget. They can design interior spaces, apply for building permits, create plans for plumbing, electrical, space planning, millwork and more. Specifically, they will begin by meeting with you, establishing your goals for the space and your wants, needs and budget. They will also measure your space and complete a site survey to have a very clear understanding of the existing layout and features including plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Next, they will develop a detailed design that may include images, sketches, and 3D views. They will propose materials, lighting, furniture and fixtures such as faucets and other hardware. They will put their proposal together and present the concept, ideas, preliminary drawings and images to you, and make any modifications based on your feedback. In the documentation stage, a registered interior designer will prepare a variety of project documents, which may include construction drawings and product selections. Registered interior designers also have the skills to apply for building permits, and your interior designer may complete this step on your behalf. They often have knowledge of your local permit office’s workload and can manage your expectations about the timing of permit applications. A registered interior designer will see your project to the end, providing project oversight, including coordination of sub-contractors, consultants, suppliers and vendors. They know if other professionals such as architects or engineers need to be consulted. They will also document the progress to make sure the team is following the design and project budget.
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If an issue crops up (as they often do!), a registered interior designer will address those issues as they arise, which means they can edit the design if there’s a supply issue or engage an engineer if there’s a structural concern.
How does someone become a registered interior designer? In order to complete their path to registered membership, registered interior designers are required to meet education standards, complete 3,250 hours of supervised work experience under a qualified practitioner, and pass the rigourous NCIDQ examination administered by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification, which is the industry standard in North America. Registered interior designers must maintain professional liability insurance just like architects and engineers. ARIDO also requires members to keep their skills up to date with standards for ongoing professional development. ARIDO’s code of ethics and standards of practice outline how registered interior designers must comport themselves in their work, on issues like contracts, maintaining confidentiality and other matters that protect the public. There are more than 1,110 registered interior designers across Ontario. Visit our directory at blogarido.ca to find one near you. OD
WHAT DOES A REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNER DO?
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Designing for the aging population TEXT BY JANICE FEDAK
senior population is increasing and many seniors are choosing to stay in their homes as they age. Buying preferences have shifted over time and the older generation is younger in mind, body and spirit than ever before! Expectations for their environments have also shifted and trends for aging in place are on the rise. A July 2019 Financial Post article indicated that a Statistics Canada survey revealed that young and old seniors were more likely to age in place. Only one in five respondents in the survey indicated that they would consider downsizing or purchasing a retirement home. This number also translated into an increased percentage of seniors who want to update their homes to accommodate their shifting lifestyle, and to stay and enjoy where they are. This is a rewarding challenge and opportunity for the design community. When working on projects, one message that comes across more often than not is, “our place is boring, and we aren’t boring people,”
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and “I can’t get down on my hands and knees to reach those items, please help.” While a full renovation allows us to implement necessary changes for accessibility – larger door openings, curb-less showers, grab bars, etc. – seniors may not desire to dip deep into their savings and instead opt for minor adjustments to accommodate their needs. For this demographic, the upgrades are equally important to both their physical and psychological well-being, and can be achieved in many creative ways. Refreshing kitchens by updating counters and backsplashes with easy-to-maintain surfaces, and adding pullouts and lift-ups for access into the back and lower cabinets without any bending or straining, are the priority. The importance of décor should not be forgotten. Displaying art, collectibles and special keepsakes that tell their life story will provide a sense of comfort, reinforce memory cues, and help with loneliness. Designs that include framed photos, grouped and displayed to create a family wall of memories, are a reminder of a life well-lived. The effect of tactile and textured surfaces and the importance of selecting colours and décor that infuse nature and the outdoors, also have a positive physiological effect, especially for seniors who spend the majority of their lives inside. Most importantly, choose materials that are anti-slip, easy to maintain and also provide visual variety. Colour and light play a vital role as aging occurs, as both our vision and perception change the way we see. Eye muscles weaken, pupil size decreases, and there is an increased yellowing of our lenses, resulting in the need for three times as much light as we age. Adding additional artificial light, by using the appropriate colour temperature (Kelvin Scale) can have a positive effect on the client’s sight – important for everyday tasks, mobility and their mental well-being. The idea of ‘light therapy’ is an important consideration in designing for seniors, which includes brightening rooms with natural light from windows and skylights, choosing colours that reflect light appropriately within the space. Colour has the ability to stimulate our emotions and can create a sense of tranquility, increase appetite and even raise our blood pressure! As we age, pastel colours and blue tones become difficult to differentiate, while warm colours become more enriched. By focusing on the science of design, including accessibility, appropriate choice of materials, colour and lighting, we can have a positive impact on the psychology and physiology of seniors as they age in place. OD
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Celebrating Canadian interior design
IDC HONOURS WINNERS OF THE 2021 VALUE OF DESIGN AWARDS
Designers of Canada (IDC) broadcast its virtual awards presentation on Oct. 13, 2021. The event, which was hosted by IDC President, Deborah Rutherford, IDC board member, Ian Rolston, and IDC CEO, Trevor Kruse, was recorded in Teknion’s showroom in downtown Toronto, Ont. The awards opened IDC’s annual design symposium, which was also hosted virtually again this year, due to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic. This year’s symposium keynote speaker was Canadian
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designer, innovator, and educator, Bruce Mau, who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Massive Change Network. The symposium and the virtual awards program are an opportunity for Canadian interior designers to celebrate the achievements of the interior design community. “We are lucky, as a community of interior designers, students, interns, manufacturers and design enthusiasts to be surrounded by so much talent and innovation,” says Kruse.
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“Honouring the work of our peers each year brings so much joy to everyone within the Canadian interior design industry.” This year, seven Canadian design firms were honoured at IDC’s virtual Value of Design Awards (VODA) celebration. These awards, which launched in 2018, shine a spotlight on Canadian interior designers by providing a forum to showcase the benefits of design thinking: an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process focused on the human experience within interior spaces. The 2021 Value of Design Awards were presented to the following winners who continue to push the boundaries of interior design. The event was sponsored by Midgley Tecnica, Cosentino, Dacor, Fisher & Paykel, Global Furniture Group, Interface, Keilhauer, Benjamin Moore, and Lutron. Founded in 1972, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is the national advocacy association for the interior design profession. Visit idcanada.org for more information. OD
Award of Excellence ı Ŋ ‘McMichael Café’ (Kleinburg, Ont.) by Dyonne Fashina of Denizens of Design Inc. ı Ŋ ‘Spin Master’ (Toronto, Ont.) by Annie Bergeron of Gensler. ı Ĵ Ĵ Ŋ ‘Laurentian University Student Centre’ (Sudbury, Ont.) by Valerie Gow of Gow Hastings Architects.
Award of Merit ı Ĵ Ĵ Ŋ ‘CapU Lonsdale’ (North Vancouver, B.C.) by Michele Sigurdson of DIALOG. ı Ŋ ‘Kevin & Kevin Juice’ (Vancouver, B.C.) by Courtney Cline of Mallen Gowing Berzins Architecture (MGBA). ı Ŋ ‘Garantie Construction Résidentielle (Residential Construction Warranty)’ (Montreal, Que.) by Véronique Chayer of Folio Design Inc. ı Ŋ ‘Rogers & FIDO Headquarters: “La Maison Rogers”’ (Montreal, Que.) by Carmen Huynh of HOK. ı Ĵ Ĵ Ŋ ‘Aurora Armoury Food & Wine Institute’ (Aurora, Ont.) by Valerie Gow of Gow Hastings Architects. ı Ĵ Ĵ Ŋ ‘Niagara College Welland Student Commons’ (Welland, Ont.) by Valerie Gow of Gow Hastings Architects.
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How designers impact the health of their clients TEXT BY LINDA KAFKA, WELL AP, CLIPP, CAPS
success of architectural and interior design solutions of today and tomorrow largely depends upon the resulting health and wellness of its users. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the beneﬁt of well-being, along with the importance of community and family. Dr. Claudia Miller from the University of Texas School of Medicine stated, “Architects and designers have a greater ability to improve public health than medical professionals.” Designing for well-being offers an approach to good health that helps offset the need for medical intervention by lowering stress, preventing accidents, and improving the overall quality of life. The urgent need to think about the future begins today. Whether it is about the neuroaesthetics aspect of a space, sensory design, or designing for progressive conditions like dementia, designers have the potential to think beyond a mere box to assist in solving worldly problems. By modelling empathy and understanding needs, requirements, environment, and community simultaneously, the designer’s role extends much beyond the typical. There are numerous ways a designer can articulate space that can help improve the health and well-being of its users. Of paramount importance is carefully selecting ﬁxtures, ﬁnishes and equipment that mitigate accidents. The well-being of the occupant must always come ﬁrst! While polished marble ﬂoors are aesthetically incomparable, they are the cause of many twisted ankles and crushed kneecaps. Another important concept is biophilia. This direct connection with nature soothes the soul. There is a certain sense of calmness from the natural elements that stimulates the neuroreceptors of the brain and in turn, aﬀects ‘calmness’. The idea of connecting to nature by spending time in the forest — Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing — has been prescribed by Japanese doctors since the late ‘80s. Doctors in Canada have been authorized by their governing body to prescribe trips to museums, art galleries and design centres to reduce stress instead of prescribing pills. Thus, thoughtful, innovative design through the use of natural elements or the use of biomimicry (the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes) can shape how we feel and what we experience within a physical space. Moreover, focusing on factors such as natural light and elements of scale and perspective of space are tools designers can use to enhance mood. Universal design is another important aspect that requires attention. Since this concept follows the principles of equality, it strives to offer a solution for everyone. In the past, design guidelines were set to target the ‘average’ person. This was largely determined by biometrics from military research. This meant that many things were designed for males, of a certain height, with a more expansive range of motion than
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others. Over the last decade or so, the universal design movement has advocated that designers produce solutions that enable a wider range of people to use products and environments though all life stages and physical abilities. Designers must use empathy in design. Moreover, we must respect cultural differences. For example, red has been known to symbolize anger and energy in some cultures, but in other cultures, it symbolizes luck. While there is no definitive scientific evidence that colour heals the human body, we do know that certain light waves affect healing, and colour certainly affects behaviour. The colour of a space is just one factor that contributes to a person’s mental health, but it is an important one, says Dr. John Ziesel, author and president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care. “The designed environment plays a role in learning, remembering, feelings, relating to others and behaviour,” he says. Using colour thoughtfully is one of the easiest ways to improve quality of life. Material specifications further elevate a space in terms of healing and wellness. Contribution toward air quality standards, banning toxic materials such as asbestos, and reducing exposure to formaldehyde (especially in furniture) lead to a healthier environment. Abiding by the Public Health standards (whether from Canada or the U.S.) and maintaining minimum requirements for VOC limits regarding interior paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, insulation and flooring enable a designer to foster a clean and healthy environment. Furthermore, designing for ‘ease of maintenance’ is important for any environment, but especially as we age. Carpet can be difficult to clean, impossible for mobility devices and have an impact on air quality through increased amounts of dust. Wellness is also influenced by sound and light. Minimizing echoes and reverberation through a space, increasing natural light and finding ways to mitigate both are tasks for designers. In the commercial building sector, there are regulations for sound and light, but none exist for the residential sector. Therefore, it is necessary that the designer utilize best practices of the commercial sector and perform additional research to create inventive solutions. Designers should consider ergonomics not only in furnishings but in other design elements such as counter heights, adjustable desks, electrical outlets, light switches, and other fixtures that operate within the home. This can give long-term benefits to its users. Undoubtedly, a designer has a bigger role to play in affecting the health of their clients, not only in prevention, but also in proactively influencing well-being. OD
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1 Kitchen millwork The kitchen is the heart of the home, and needs to be well-planned and well-built. Customization delivers the best function and aesthetic, personal to the home and the client’s tastes. From size and structure to colour and finish, you can control virtually every aspect of the kitchen. Beyond cabinets, consider customizing toe kicks, header details, door styles, range hood, shelving, interior fittings and hardware to transform the kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary. Many cabinet makers will collaborate on the details to find a cost-effective, yet custom solution for your client.
2 Principal bathroom vanities The principal bathroom is a highly personal space, therefore the fit and finish should reflect a level of personalization that is not typical in other parts of the home. Custom elements may include storage recessed into the wall cavity, seated makeup area, jewellery storage, mirrors with LED screens, custom drawer and door components and custom faucets. Heights can also be customized. This is an area of the home that is used daily, therefore, investing in quality construction
is important. Consider how moisture and potential leaks will affect the construction and choose wisely. Clients are demanding more creative solutions to vanities now too, such as refrigeration drawers for expensive face creams and eye treatments.
3 Built-in closets and storage Custom closet systems may seem like a dream for many clients, but in reality, many are not expensive and they can maximize the design impact. Sized for the client’s clothing (tall or short), single or double hanging rods, LED lighting, drawers, pull-out shelves or baskets, spaces for jewellery, watches or hidden safes for valuables all make great components in a custom closet. In recent years, kitchen companies have started oﬀering custom closets, so the entire ‘millwork suite’ can match within the home. Most talented carpenters can also customize oﬀ-the-shelf components, such as IKEA, which oﬀers a plethora of interior ﬁttings at aﬀordable prices.
4 Area rugs A custom-made area rug that reinforces the design concept of an overall space is a luxury that is typically reserved for projects with extensive budgets. However, it can make a Laura Hay is the principal at LH Decor & Design Inc.
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significant design impact, especially in large rooms. By having the rug made to measure, the space will look thoughtfully finished. Beyond size, you can customize everything from the colour and pattern to the materials used. From New Zealand wool to silk from Thailand, the possibilities for custom construction, size and colour are endless. On the more affordable side, many carpet companies will ‘sculpt’ or create patterned inserts and bind the edges to create more affordable options for projects.
5 Upholstery If the client owns quality items, why not revive them? Having existing furniture or antiques reupholstered saves them from the landfill. It also helps tell the ‘client story’ by honouring the history of their previous choices. Mixing modern fabrics and antique furniture is always a great way to add whimsy to a space. Additionally, adding detailing such as nail heads, button tufting, pleats or tassels can bring new life to old pieces. Many upholsterers will collaborate with designers to find cost-effective ways that offer high impact. It is always a great idea to leverage their knowledge to create new and exciting solutions for clients. OD
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Kitchen + Bath Canada Expo & StoneTech Canada CONCLUDES ITS FIRST EDITION WITH GREAT SUCCESS
+ Bath Canada and StoneTech Canada 2021 is the only B2B trade show dedicated to the kitchen, bath, stone and lighting industry. The first event of its kind in Canada, it has ended with great results that met all the expectations of both exhibitors and attendees despite all the challenges. The KBC Expo and StoneTech Canada 2021 attracted over 70 exhibitors and 1,893 targeted attendees from six diﬀerent countries, and 87 percent of the exhibitors said they had generated great leads. Some managed to generate mega-sales contracts during the three-day event. “Despite the challenges that came with the pandemic, we are very pleased with the outcome and most importantly, meeting our exhibitors and attendees’ expectations,” said the show’s director, Nasser Deeb. In addition to the exhibition, attendees enjoyed the wide range of conference sessions covering key areas in kitchen, bath, stone and lighting innovations and challenges. Key topics presented by highlevel industry experts included important areas of concern, such as the latest innovations in Canada’s kitchen and bath industry today; how to maximize your market reach in an ever-changing digital media
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age; addressing the increasing aging-in-place demand; selecting the right fabricator for your project; challenges and solutions for today’s ceramic tile and stone installations; an industry sales professionals course called Residential Design, the history of stone evolution; and so much more! The sessions were well attended by designers, architects, fabricators, suppliers and industry professionals. On this occasion, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to our platinum sponsor Sasso Canada, our gold sponsor, Hilltop Surfaces, and our silver sponsor GranQuartz for supporting our show by being contributing sponsors. And special thanks to our media partners, NextHome, Marmo Macchine magazine and Focus Ceramic magazine for carrying out local and global marketing campaigns. And finally, many thanks to our local associations that supported our event: Interior Designers of Canada (IDC Canada) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA - Ontario Chapter). Once again, special thanks to KBC and StoneTech Canada sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for supporting our inaugural event and we hope to welcome you again next year from Oct. 26-28, 2022 at the Toronto Congress Centre. OD
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Architecture Q+A WITH BABAK ESLAHJOU, PRINCIPAL OF CORE ARCHITECTS INTERVIEW BY SAMANTHA SANNELLA
recently had the pleasure of working with Babak on a largescale project for Canada Lands. His creativity always inspires me! And while his firm is known for excelling in condominium design, his approach to office building design for Crosstown Eglinton is exciting as well. With a dynamic geometric facade, it raises the bar for non-core office buildings in Toronto. Additionally, integrating the heritage components of the Eglinton site into the modern residences contributes to the overall success of this community. I have known him for about 15 years now and he always impresses me with his willingness to share his knowledge and insight. As well, he is one of the nicest guys in the business! He travels frequently, so catching him in Toronto is a rare feat.
Q Babak, you often inspire others, but what inspires you? There are different levels of responses to that question. What is inspiring to me is travel. Travel allows us to see how the rest of the world copes with the same problems we have. There are many creative
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solutions to problems across the world, if we choose to see them. For example, how can it be that New York has so many successful high-rise buildings and not a single one of them fits into Toronto’s tall building guidelines? New York’s architecture is thriving and successful. What can we learn from it? Will the tall building guidelines in Toronto result in too much sameness? Great cities have character. Character develops from variety. While guidelines can be good, they have to be flexible enough to allow for creativity in solutions.
Q That is an interesting point. Cities develop their character over time and due to variety. How have you seen the city change since you became an architect? As a global society, we are becoming city dwellers. More towers were built in the last 10 years than in the previous 100 years. It is our human nature to improve things. For example, developers are putting more money into condominium construction quality than ever before: better materials, better design, more robust solutions. Prices are going
CROSSTOWN WORKPLACE but they are not often given a chance to showcase their creativity. This city has the propensity to choose foreign architects ‘stararchitects’. How did they become icons? Generally speaking, it is because a client gave them a chance – with a lot of leeway – to express their creativity. We need more clients like this in Canada who give Canadian architects a chance.
Q Tell me about one of your more recent projects. We partnered with Foster for The One at Yonge and Bloor. As you know, we have a tall building guideline that specifies a podium on a residential tower. This was not in our vision. Instead, we proposed
CROSSTOWN EGLINTON RESIDENCES up every year, however increases in development charges are a big contributor. Densification is inevitable, but character must be at the forefront of every solution.
Q What do you wish to see more of in design? I wish that clients would let architects create fresh new ideas, rather than giving references to other things that have already been done. I want clients who value innovation and understand that creative solutions can move audiences. Less restrictions would also be great! Unfortunately, I see many requests for proposals that are targeted toward foreign architects. There are many great architects in our city,
a solution to the city that allowed the shape of the tower to mitigate the wind, without a podium. We were able to convince the city that this was a better solution. So now, the tower meets the ground plane. There is no podium. This is a victory for design, as it is a much more visually elegant solution.
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, who was responsible for landmark projects such as the Eaton Centre, Ontario Place and Queen’s Quay Terminal, died on Jan. 7, 2022. Eb, as he was known to the design and architectural community, designed over 1,000 projects around the world, including Canada Place in Vancouver, the Kravis Centre for the Performing Arts in Florida and the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Born in Germany in 1926, he moved to Canada in 1951 and began his architectural practice in Peterborough. He later relocated to Toronto in 1963 and established Craig, Zeidler and Strong. As projects and recognition grew, the firm transformed into Zeidler Partnership Architects with offices in Calgary, Victoria, London UK, Berlin, Beijing and Abu Dhabi. Eb’s legacy extends far beyond building. His profound influence in the community was unparalleled. He taught at University of Toronto as an adjunct professor from 1983 to 1995 and was a mentor to many young graduates and supervised several throughout their careers. His approach to architecture, which was to design around the human experience, established him as an early pioneer of place-making. Eb was a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and a gold medallist from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He was also awarded an honourary doctorate from University of Toronto, where his namesake library serves
architecture students today. Zeidler’s autobiography, “Buildings Cities Life” was published in 2013. With his wife, Jane, and his family, including Kate, Robert, Christina and Margie, he helped create a valuable cultural landscape in Toronto. He will be fondly remembered. OD
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At Aura Kitchens & Cabinetry we manufacture and install “World Class” Kitchen Cabinetry, Bathroom Vanities, Wall Units and more.
Since 1883, Benjamin Moore has been producing the highest quality paints and finishes in the industry. Please visit our website to find your local architect and design representative for assistance in getting the tailored pro experience that gives you easy access to the documentation, design ideas, tools and content your business needs.
Specializing in Marble – Granite – Quartz – Exotics.Combine a family business with more than 30 years’ experience with quality craftsmanship, and top quality marble and tile design, and you get Bimbrok Marble & Granite. A Vaughan based business that has been providing quality to personal and commercial clients since 1984. Bimbrok’s team of skilled craftsmen provide more than 100 years of combined experience, resulting in a professional, hassle-free installation. Bimbrok provides the knowledge, experience and quality to meet your needs.
We work with Homeowners, Builders, Designers and Architects to make your projects happen on-budget and on-time. Serving: GTA, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, Hamilton & Niagara Falls.
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Canadian Appliance Source
The Chesterfield Shop
BLANCO is all about residential kitchen water hub systems that are meticulously designed down to the finest detail. Serving the Canadian market for over 30 years, BLANCO proudly makes SILGRANIT® sinks at our manufacturing facility in Toronto and has won over consumers with modern design, ergonomic handling and reliable product quality. All components, from the kitchen faucet to the sink and accessories, are perfectly integrated with one another to create a BLANCO UNIT.
Founded in 2008, with more than 33 locations coast to coast, has developed into a forerunner of modern appliance retail. Our model is unique in that our focus has always been on providing our customers with the personalized, thoughtful help and advice of an appliance specialist. Whether online or in-store, CAS customers receive knowledgeable advice, expert service, and quality appliances at exceptional prices. Our goal is to leave each customer with the certainty they made the right choice buying from us.
Since 1948, 6 beautiful showrooms in Toronto & the GTA, carrying a huge inventory of sofas, sofa-beds, sectionals, recliners, home theatre seating, chairs, “motion” and recliner seating, ottomans and more. Professional consultants assist with in-stock items - or customize with multiple options including design & configuration in fabrics or leathers. Our City-Size™ seating program is perfectly scaled to fit tight spaces. The Chesterfield Shop is famous for selection, service and an unbeatable warranty. James Delpippo, Vice President, Sales and Operations
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Paying tribute to the past and celebrating the present, DXV offers exceptional bathroom and kitchen collections that reimagine the most influential and beautiful design movements of the past 150 years. Built on the pillars of timeless design, meticulous craftsmanship and personal expression, DXV collections reinterpret the pivotal design eras of Classic, Golden, Modern and Contemporary, fusing design with innovation and modern sensibility. The end result – truly inspired designs that elevate the experience of everyday living.
Our motto is “EXPECT BETTER” because we believe that today’s modern living style should be complemented by luxurious modern fixtures that save money, improve hygiene, and reduce the strain we put on the environment. Ecoway is revolutionizing the industry and combining eco-friendly technology with luxe design. Our bidet toilets feature state-of-the-art technology and are created using an innovative manufacturing process making it possible for every homeowner to experience the luxury of a bidet while reaping the benefits of prioritizing the environment.
FENIXTM Innovative Materials for Interior Design. The award-winning FENIX™ material features elegant colors and high-tech design, and brings a new array of options for durable, sustainable interiors to the design market. FENIX™ materials are extremely opaque and feature lowlight reflectivity for visual comfort, and a nonporous, soft touch external layer with anti-fingerprint properties. Because of these unique qualities, FENIX surfaces can be used for a range of vertical and horizontal interior design applications in both residential and commercial settings.
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Fleurco Products Inc.
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FLEURCO is a Canadian company that specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of a full range of glass shower doors, bathtubs, Lighted Mirrors, Medicine Cabinets, vanities and accessories. Our company relies on the latest technology and designs to offer you top quality products.
Formica Canada Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. The Formica® Brand reputation has been founded on quality, service and innovative product lines. We have developed an unrivaled expertise that ensures products meet the needs of their applications — as well as market demands. Working closely with architects, designers and developers, Formica Canada Inc. is strategically positioned to offer new products and surfacing solutions that complement current design trends.
FOTILE is built on the foundation of product innovation and creating functional, stylish, and family-oriented appliances. For the past 20 years, our products have helped improve the kitchen environment with new technology that removes harmful fumes caused by cooking. We make it our mission to create a healthy, happy kitchen for families everywhere.
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Since 1978 Goemans has provided our clients with the tools necessary to create functional kitchens. Now, working with designers we can do more than just create a functional kitchen; together we can help turn customers’ dream kitchens into reality. Goemans is dedicated to providing competitive pricing, valuable advice and supplying all information and specs promptly. We make sure the recommended products suit not only the design but the customer’s lifestyle as well, resulting in the perfect mix of function and form.
GROHE is a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings and dedicated to providing innovative water products. For decades, GROHE has been committed to the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability, seeking to offer the “Pure joy of water”. From the Grohtherm SmartControl Shower System to the Essence Ceramics Collection, GROHE ensures that its products live up to the most uncompromising demands in terms of workmanship and functionality.
Since 1873, Kohler Co. has been improving the level of gracious living by providing exceptional products and services for our customers’ homes and their lifestyles. Known for innovative design and craftsmanship, Kohler also provides peaceof-mind through quality manufacturing and lifetime warranty reliability. Fueled by 148 years of experience and the passion of more than 36,000 associates worldwide, Kohler strives to enhance the bathroom and kitchen experience for all.
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KOMANDOR Closets & Glass Doors Inc.
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The GTA’s finest custom closets. door products, and glass partitions manufactured in our Mississauga factory for the entire Toronto market. Home of the “Lumi Glass French Door” and “Orto Closet System” both modern and sleek European systems .Environmentally friendly products include closets Murphy wall beds, home office cabinets, glass door and wood and glass partitions for homes, offices, condos, and lofts. Includes interior sliding doors and closet doors graphic glass doors. Let us help custom design and make your space.
Our lighting boutique has been serving the GTA over 30 years. Lighting homes, cottages and businesses with interior & exterior fixtures, potlights & under-counter lighting, from lamps to designer switches we have it all. With access to all the major lighting brands our experienced staff will guide you to the right lighting to finish off your project with style and savings. Living Lighting, the largest lighting chain in Canada has the buying power of a big box store, with the service you expect of your neighbourhood boutique.
Partner with Quickstyle. A leading distributor, importer, and manufacturer of a wide variety of hard-surface flooring products with an impressive selection of styles and colours. As an industry leader, we are consistently pursuing trends in design and technologies to leverage our capabilities and expand our product offerings. Our mission is to continue our growth while offering high quality, innovative products with a thoughtful design. Maintaining a great cooperative partnership is our absolute priority and one of our core values!
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We are a professional Carpentry company in Brampton Ontario. Offering a complete project management service to design and install and now the business has expanded. For Commercial and Residential customers we specialize in: Kitchen and baths, Built in Cabinetry /bars, Entertainment Centres, Wall units, Vanities, Crown moulding, Architectural Millwork, and much more. Today we deliver traditional values of quality and service to all of our clients. Call us today for a free estimate. (Some conditions may apply). You dream it..we’ll build it..
Rolltec® is the leading Canadian manufacturer of upscale retractable awnings and other shading products. Since our start-up in 1984, Toronto based Rolltec® has proven to be an industry leader in retractable awnings by providing the highest calibre in both quality of products and customer service. Our superior work was recognized by numerous Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Achievement Awards, Consumer Choice Awards and Best Of...by Homestars.
THE STORY CRAFT TELLS House of Rohl is a portfolio of luxury decorative plumbing brands collected from around the world. Each has a unique story that connects craft, places of origin, and a specialized manufacturing philosophy. The House of Rohl presents exquisite collections for the kitchen and the bathroom, drawn from ancestral know-how. Through our collection of brands, you will find countless stories in every detail. And the closer you look, the more you will see the details of your own story. A story of a life well crafted. - Five distinctive brands. A shared vision.
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Rosehill Wine Cellars Inc.
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“Your wine deserves the very best home” has been Rosehill Wine Cellars motto since 1995. Dedicated to providing the very best design & construction services to private collectors, restaurants, hotels, casinos and wineries. Catering to both the very discerning clientele and to the avid collector looking for a functional and reasonable approach for their long term wine storage. We are fully integrated with a retail brick and mortar store, an experienced construction company, and a state of the art manufacturing facility. We are committed to delivering a truly exception experience to our cellar customers.
Interior stairs and railings continue to be a focal point in many new homes and home renovations. This means the design and quality is very important to accent the interior of your home. Our stair design capabilities and procedures are well established. We utilize the latest computerized technologies to design and to manufacture our quality stair products.
Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of digital appliances, TVs, smartphones, virtual reality, wearable devices, and tablets. Samsung offers beautifully designed, intelligent solutions to help designers, builders and distributors meet the needs of their customers.
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Saunas and Steambaths
Saunafin Sauna & Steambaths
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SAUNAFIN is your Source for Traditional & Infrared Saunas, Sauna Kits, Pre-Fab Saunas & Steambaths. Whether you are planning a built-in or a sauna, or renovating your bathroom and want to add a steam bath or steam shower we have what you need. We are a second generation family company that have been making and selling saunas for over 50 years.
We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. Combining energy technologies, automation, software, and services into integrated solutions for homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries. We make energy safe, reliable, open and connected. In 2021, Corporate Knights recognized us as the world’s most sustainable corporation.
SHARP ELECTRONICS OF CANADA LTD. Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. is dedicated to improving the lives of consumers through the use of advanced technology. With a commitment to innovation, quality, value and design, Sharp consumer electronics and appliances enhance enjoyment, while adding to comfort.
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Sunshade Blinds and Drapery
Sunshade Awnings launched in 2011 to specialize in the growing demand for exterior shading products. Specifically, retractable and motorized awnings and canopies, exterior screen shades, rolling shutters and other products designed for the Eco-conscious consumer, striving for increased sustainability. We have decided to take the lead in the industry and focus more of our efforts to educate you the consumer on products designed not only to enhance your lifestyle but also to increase awareness on the benefits these products have on the environment and your wallet.
Sunshade Blinds & Drapery designs, sells and installs the best and the most elegant and stylish custom window coverings and accessories. We use only top quality and exclusive brand name blinds, shutters and fabrics. Our certified consultants and factory-trained installers ensure a distinctive, luxurious and unrivaled look. Professional and expert consultations at the client’s home or business are normally part of our service. Our showroom is your one stop idea and solution centre for all of your window fashion needs. Trade discount available.
Tasco has a decades long history of partnering with the design community to meet the shared needs of our clientele.We know how important quality appliances are to a kitchen design and offer a complete selection of premium appliances to choose from. Our dedicated sales professionals receive thorough traning from manufacturers so we can better understand the needs of designers and their clientele, provide specifications and ensure a hassle-free experience.
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TENZO Fine Robinetterie
Van Gogh Designs
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, TORLYS is a global flooring company specializing in providing beautiful, warm flooring in a complete range of Vinyl, Laminate, Hardwood, Cork/Corkwood, and Leather categories. TORLYS has been creating and delivering innovative flooring solutions to homeowners, builders, and property managers, using the latest technologies since 1988. A cleaner home is more important now than ever, so protect your floor with revolutionary antimicrobial technology available in a wide range of TORLYS flooring.
Since 2008, Tenzo Fine Robinetterie has been manufacturing high-end faucets and shower columns, the elegance and durability of which are matched only by their plumbing simplicity. Our international vision of design and dedicated local services for professional customers allow our products to transcend trends while embodying Canadian quality. Our different collections of products allow customers to enjoy the timeless experience of functional design through the essence of water. We are Tenzo, a Canadian manufacturer of fine Robinetterie.
Van Gogh Designs is a Canadian upholstered furniture manufacturer providing custom, made-to-order products for the retail, design and hospitality industries. We offer a wide range of sofas sectionals, chairs and beds in hundreds of designer fabrics.
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Vogt products are crafted from the highest quality materials curated from around the world. As a Canadian company we specialize in kitchen and bathroom products and accessories. It is our passion to skillfully produce creative solutions that offer the aesthetics, functionality and quality you look for. Every collection is designed to not only complement your lifestyle but also to provide reliability for years to come.
We sell, install, repair and clean all types of shades and blinds. Hunter Douglas, ShadeO-Matic, Elite dealers. Untrasonic cleaning is safe, fast and simple. Blinds will look like new and work better. We also carry wood and Polysatin Shutters.
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Jan. 14-22, 2022
Edmonton Renovation Show
Jan. 28-30, 2022
Edmonton Expo Centre
Feb. 16-17, 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre
Winnipeg Renovation Show
Feb. 18-20, 2022
RBC Convention Centre
Calgary Home & Garden Show
Feb. 24-27, 2022
BC Home & Garden Show
March 10-13, 2022
BC Place Stadium
LivABLE Design Summitt
March 15-17, 2022
Edmonton Home & Garden Expo
March 24-27, 2022
Edmonton Expo Centre
Interior Design Show – Toronto
April 7-11, 2022
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Winnipeg Home & Garden Expo
April 7-10, 2022
RBC Convention Centre
The National Home Show
April 15-24, 2022
Interior Design Show – Vancouver
Sept. 22-25, 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre
LivABLE Design Summitt
Sept. 28-30, 2022
Calgary Fall Home Show
Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2022 BMO Centre
Edmonton Fall Home Show
Oct. 14-15, 2022
Edmonton Expo Centre
Vancouver Fall Home & Garden Show Oct. 20-23, 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre
Kitchen & Bath Canada Expo
Oct. 26-28, 2022
Toronto Congress Centre,
The Buildings Show
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2022
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario
Canadian Green Building Council
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance
Canadian Masonry Contractors’ Association
Chesterﬁeld Shop, The ...................... 21, 65
Canadian Standards Association
Collective, The ................................................64
Construction Speciﬁcations Canada
Consulting Engineers Ontario (CEO)
Decorators & Designers Association of Canada
Electrical Contractors’ Association of Ontario
Independent Plumbing & Heating Contractors’ Association
Interior Decor Resources Canada (IDRC) Interior Designers of Canada International Facility Managers’ Association
Arido ........................................................................33 Aura Kitchens & Carpentry..............53, 65 Benjamin Moore ....................................20, 65 Bimbrok Marble Importing Inc. ..... 51, 65 Blanco ...........................................................39, 65 Buildings Show, The .................................... 63 Canadian Appliance Source .............4, 65
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Fenix ...............................................................38, 66
Flerco............................................................... 15, 66 Formica .........................................................37, 66
Fotile Canada .............................................3, 66
Goemans Appliances ..........................45, 67 Grohe .............................................................. 41, 67
House of Rohl ..............................................2, 68
IDC – Interior Designers of Canada ... 36
IDS – Interior Design Show.........................19 Kitchen & Bath Expo................................... 62
Kohler ................................................................ 5, 67 Komandor................................................... 56, 67
Lumber & Building Material Association of Ontario
NKBA – Ontario Chapter
Ontario Association of Architects
Livable Design Summit .............................. 54
Living Lighting ............................................31, 67
National Home Show ................................... 71 NKBA....................................................................... 54
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Ontario Building Envelope Council
Ontario Building Officials Association
Ontario Electrical League
Rolltec Rolling Systems .....................35, 68
Ontario Home Builders’ Association
Rosehill Wine Cellars .................................... 68
Ontario Ministry of Consumer & Commercial Relations
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
Ontario Professional Planners Institute
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Paint & Decorating Retailers Association
Toronto Construction Association
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Royal Oak Railing & Stairs .............. 57, 68 Samsung ........................................................9, 68 SaunaFin .................................................... 34, 69 Schneider Electric .................................. 69, 73
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Sunshade Awnings ...............................23, 69
Sunshade Blinds & Drapery ............23, 69
Tasco Appliances ...................................43, 69
Tenzo............................................................... 13, 70
Toronto Home Shows
Toronto Society of Architects
Workers’ Compensation Board
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