Meet the designers, woodworkers, artists and contractors who are behind the creation of this year's Vignettes spaces.
By Adrianna Szenthe | October 12, 2016
For Vignettes, teams of designers, woodworkers, artists and contractors came together to create unique spaces. Learn a little bit about the talented participants, what their inspirations were and more, before you check out the Vignettes spaces themselves.
Team Name: Dream Machine
Peter Russell – builder,Four Elements Construction Inc.
Holly Carmichael- woodworker,TruWood Artisans
Darren Cunningham/Leanne Wlock – woodworkers,Urban Timber
Glen Ronald – artist,Glen Ronald Gallery
Chad Baba- designer/craftsman,MK Baba Designs
Joanne Guthrie- welder,JSG Welding
This team’s space is inspired by a tattoo shop setting, and they intend to transform an environment that may feel sterile, or cause apprehension, into an environment with awarm, welcoming atmosphere
Team Name: Convergence
Susan Jomha – designer, Distinct Interior Design
Ian Brodie – contractor, Ian Brodie Interiors
Steve Greene – woodworker, Allendale
Grady Wallace – artist, Rad Originals
This bathroom space will be a modern day spa retreat inspired by the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Water and fire will mix in harmony, bold colours will contrast with soft tones, and rustic elements will be juxtaposed with modern, contemporary lines.
Team Name: La Cosa Nostra
Niki Flis – designer, FLIS Interior Design
Annaliza Toledo and Trevor Peters – visual artists, Fresh Canvas Art Co.
David Rider – woodworker, 103 St. Wood Metal Works
Paul Foster – contractor, Contact Renovations
For their space, the team is creating a modern yet timeless vision of a mob office, including architectural features and elements that allowguests to interact with the space. Inspirations include cathedral domes, raw exposed brick, street art, and the intriguing thrill of mystery.
Team Name: Dreamers, Designers and Doers
Marie Soprovich – contractor, Aquarian Construction
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Holly Raubenheimer – woodworker, Alice Woods Art & Design Co.
Tyler Mcnaughton – lead architectural designer, Aquarian Construction
Jessica Brownell – design coordinator, Aquarian Construction
This team is planning a space filled with botanical art, textiles, texture and color. Raubenheimer will be repurposing artifacts in intriguing ways, and the space will be filled with freshness and serenity.
Team Name: Think Tank
Brenda Brix – designer, AMR Design
Michelle Pollock – designer, AMR Design
Rob Johnson – Quadrant Construction
Carol Donald – visual artist, Wow Factor Mosaics
Dana Price – architectural glass artist, Flux Glass Studio
Jamie David – contractor, Quadrant Construction
This team’s inspiration involves looking inwards, behind the exterior facade, to find something unexpected. The space’s hard-shell exterior, featuring minimal materials and geometric shapes, is a contrast to the unexpectedwhimsical mosaics and organic textures within. The space features “thought bubbles” that encourage you to think – inside the box.
Team Name: Moroccan Mint
Jennifer Hughes – designer, Turquoise Chair
Landon Schedler – woodworker, Oliver Apt.
Margaret Hinkley – visual artist, Two Buds Floral Artistry
Sean Foley – metal workers, Metal Morphose
This team is creating a Moroccan inspired outdoor space filled with warm wood, crisp greenery, and rich copper. Intricate stonework and plush textiles round out the illuminated alcove space, which is designed to encourage guests to gather.
Team Name: Mid Mod Makers
Rosalyn Lazaruk – interior designer and decorator, Wicket Blue Interiors
Dallas LaRose – visual artist, Dallas LaRose Fine Art
Ted Clark – craftsman and furniture designer, Innovative Woodworking Co.
Trevor Barr – general contractor, Carstar Construction
Doug Carmack – general contractor, Carstar Construction
This team lookedto the principles of mid-century modern design for their inspiration. The living room space will have a clean line dividing it into two, to demonstrate how classic designs from that time period can be used in a modern space, and to showcase how they influence modern design.
Team Name: UP (“Unplugged Power”)
Kim Van Ruskenveld – designer, IBI Group
Julie Witten-Land – visual artist, Salted Studio
Doug Carmack- contractor, Carstar Construction Ltd.
Trevor Barr – contractor, Carstar Construction Ltd.
For their space, this team is seeking to create an all-encompassing experience that represents the clarity and joy you experience when you unplug and look beyond a screen. The space will include a biophilic design approach with acoustic treatments to capture the silence, textural materials to create a tactile element, and a large scale custom piece of art.
Joshua Kupsch – designer, Land Faculty
Kelvin Soo – woodworker, Guudenteit Finishing Carpentry
Marcus Coldeway – visual artist, Minbid
Wabi Sabi – contracting
For their Vignette, this trio will be playing with perspective, space, viewing angles and planes in order to craft a Vignette that surprises and intrigues. Bright, colour-blocked pop art colour patterns will emphasize the effects of the illusions, and the space will include a showpiece feature of a fanned screen that creates different views inside and outside of the Vignette.
Team Name: Area Ten
Kelvin Soo – visual artist, carpenter, designer, Guudenteit Finishing Carpentry
Maureen Wright – designer, MoJo Design Inc.
Johanne Lewis – designer, MoJo Design Inc.
Sydney Bond – contractor, Effect Home Builders
This team is blending design with science to create a space inspired by Brodmann area 10 within the human brain. Attendees can enjoy an immersive experience as the team interprets Canada and its changing environments, creating a space that juxtaposes nature, modernism and the future.
Eric Jensen – woodworker, Relic Woodworks
Michel Cote – artist, ECKZStudio
Richard Plamondon – contractor, Ackard Contractors
This team is taking attendees on a trip through the seasons with a space that a brings you an endless summer.
Team Name: Team Motivo
Elio Gabucci – home builder, Meridian Builders
Diala Husin – designer, Motivo Design
Bart Gellhaus – woodworker, Gellhaus Woodworks
For their space, this team is playing on contrast and attraction, getting inspiration from the abstract relationship between good and bad, desire and morals, love and hate.
Ben Guittard – contractor,Benjamin Matthew Contracting & Consulting Ltd.
Caitlyn Bodewitz – visual artist, CMBPrintWorks
Julian Evans -woodworker
Joe Johnson – Workspace
Joanna Smolinski – Workspace
This team is playing with the fundamentals of design for their space, approaching the principles of design in a refined, minimalist way that questions the meaning of design in today’s world of ever-changing trends.