Summer special

Knoll party

Knoll introduced both its new Generation chair and new North American president at its showroom in Toronto’s hip Liberty Village.

1–Elizabeth Broxterman, project manager, Frankland and Associates; Isabelle Talbot, partner, Raymond Chiappetta and Associates; Frankland’s president Brenda Frankland and design assistant Melanie Franks.

2–David Krieger, Krieger and Associates benefits consultants; Marisa Arpaia and LeiLei Sun, interior designers at Straticom; and the Liss Gallery’s Brian Liss.

3–Mike Benigno, VP Sales, Central Region, Knoll, Chicago; interior designer Antonio De Gregorio, DePM; Marilyn White, interior design director at Mole White + Cohos Evamy; and Greg Rapier, Knoll’s regional manager, Canada.

4–Gathered around Knoll’s new Generation chair: Lynn Utter, the new president and COO, Knoll North America; interior designer Marjorie McKinnon; and Fabiana Stubrich, Knoll’s director of business development.

5–Danny Pressacco, intern architect at Kearns Mancini; architect David Sin; interior designer Mark Ojascastro and intern architect Lucy O’Connor of Kearns Mancini.

6–Todd McGauley, owner, Knoll dealer Triad Office Interiors, Oakville; Deborah Scott, partner, Scott Morris Architects; and Lynn Schumacher, president, Hill & Schumacher patent agents.

7–Designer Dianne Soucy and partners Stella McTernan and John Kelly of interior design firm Kelly McTernan Lavoie, with interior designer William Anderson.

Diamond and Schmitt Summer Solstice party

Economies and kingdoms may rise and fall, but the annual Diamond and Schmitt bash, where designers mingle with politicians and plutocrats, never falters.

1–Longtime Maclean’s columnist Allan Fotheringham and his art-dealer wife, Anne.

2–Quadrangle Architects partner Brian Curtner; Julie Edwards, VP facilities, Corus Entertainment; Christine Raissis, director, City of Toronto, Economic Development Division; and Keith Williams, senior VP at construction company Aecon.

3–Condo magnate Alex Speigel, president of One Development; host Don Schmitt; and Bob Blazevski, executive VP, precious-stone miner DiamondCorp.

Paul Raff Studio party

This summer, at Montreal’s Festival of Architecture and Forum, Paul Raff became the first architect ever to receive both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Allied Arts Medal and an award for Innovation. Hence, his office party.

1–Sean Solowski, intern architect at Paul Raff Studio; Marco Jacob, intern architect and principal designer at Atelier Jacob; and his fianc, Christine Rochet, founder of French language instructors Coco & Co.

2–Johane Lefranois-Deignan and Brian Deignan, partners at the interior and furniture design firm JNS Design, flank Paul Raff.

3–Architect John Shnier of Kohn Shnier; and Samantha Scroggie, intern architect at Paul Raff Studio.