Yes, our collective sense of what is normalcy is changing on a daily basis, and like a good chunk of the world, the WL team is social distancing and working from our home offices/kitchen tables right now. But we're here, and we'll continue celebrating the best of Western Canadian designers and makers with the coming WL Designers of the Year Awards.
The following are the top-tier judges who we're thrilled to have come on board for this year's Furniture Designer of the Year judging panel. Enter your work now: the deadline for DOTY 2020 is April 1.
As the director of product development, Zoe oversees the curation of Article’s online catalogue to deliver high-quality modern furniture at the best price. She joined Article in 2016, leading accessory product development. Since then, Zoe has helped Article expand into four new product categories: decor, bedroom, outdoor and storage.
Additionally, Zoe is the owner and creative director of her Vancouver-based design studio, Fleet Objects. Her work has been featured in exhibitions around the world including 100% Design in Tokyo, ICFF in New York and Designersblock in London.
Previous to her role at Article, she was the creative director and product designer for 18KARAT where she managed the creative design team and was responsible for developing seasonal product collections.
Zoe is an honours graduate from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design’s Bachelor of Industrial Design program. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.
Ross Bonetti is founder and President of Livingspace Interiors, a Vancouver-based specialty retailer of European modern furniture, kitchens, closets and bathrooms. An entrepreneur from an early age, the concept for Livingspace was inspired by Ross’s life long appreciation for modern design, and the desire to create a unique, approachable and customer-centric retail environment catering to the interior design community.
He is central to crafting and maintaining the company’s culture, shaping the design aesthetic, and innovating future growth opportunities. Ross also serves in a retail advisory role to a number of major brands that the company represents. As an advocate of IDCBC, Ross encourages and supports work placement opportunities for students of interior design at major universities and colleges in British Columbia. And, in conjunction with Emily Carr University, Ross helped establish the Livingspace Industrial Design Scholarship, which is awarded annually to students of the University’s Industrial Design Program.
In addition to his responsibilities at Livingspace, Ross is also President of Livingspace Homes, a turn key residential construction company, which provides Clients a fully integrated suite of products and services - from design concept, to construction, to kitchens, bathrooms, closets and furnishings.
It was in a junior high school shop class in Port Alberni, B.C., that Kate Duncan fell in love with woodwork. Fast forward 25 years, through a myriad of furniture and woodworking endeavours, Duncan can now be found in her Toronto-based studio crafting each piece by hand utilizing traditional joinery techniques and sustainably harvested hardwoods. Drawing inspiration from Brutalist Architecture, her latest body of work is large in scope and scale. Not content to just focus on her own practice, in 2014 Duncan founded Address Design Show an inclusive annual exhibit that promotes both well-established and up-and-coming creatives. Heading into its 8th consecutive year, this widely recognized exhibit has featured hundreds of designers, makers and artists from all across North America. Duncan was named Western Living’s Furniture Designer of the Year in 2017.