Seasonal soires

It must be a hip event, because the crowd at the Design Exchange’s annual fall Black & White Fundraising Gala keeps getting younger. Or are we just getting older?

1-Inspired oversized ice chandeliers by Ice Culture Inc. worked their magic.
2-Cheryl Sheridan, Reptilia Zoo educator, wrangles a nine-foot Burmese python for a brave Jeanette Williams, general manager at marketing firm Onbrand Design.
3-Julia Rosen-Rosen, healthcare director, Brigholme Interiors Group; Frank Tan, account executive, SCI Interiors; Jennie Hobin, designer, Kasian; and Tim Au-Yeung, A&D rep, Humanscale.
4-Make-up artist Neil Schmidt and partner, fashion designer Lucian Matis (wearing his own pyramid-studded shirt, with Toronto elementary school teacher Misel Cimpric

Global Group held its A&D preview-cum-seasonal social at the Steam Whistle Brewery in the restored and renovated former Railway Lands roundhouse at the foot of the CN Tower. Global family-founder Feldbergs were out in force.

1-Janice Feldberg, lawyer at property developer Milestone Group; her mother (and wife of Saul), Toby; and Jeff Kohl, account manager, Global.
2-Harvey Lamb, director, business development, Global Group, with spouses Allan and Marg Skinner, president and VP at furniture dealer Office Source.
3-Global’s Ray Townsley, senior VP, government affairs and strategic markets; Saul Feldberg, company founder and chairman; Helen Stergiou, partner, Office Shop; Saul’s son, Global president and COO Joel Feldberg; and Office Shop partner Joanne Triantafilou.

The Regency ballroom at the Four Seasons hosted the IDC/IIDA (Interior Designers of Canada/
International Interior Design Association) Leaders Breakfast. Any sleepyheads in attendance were thoroughly awakened by the risqué keynote address by Paul Lavoie, chairman of ad agency Taxi.

1-Building code guru and guest of honour Leszek (“Les”) Muniak, founding principal, Larden Muniak Consulting, and his wife, Eva, flank interior designer Alison Logue, principal, Vitamin-D Design.
2-Areti Carter, senior sales rep, Knoll; Veronica Liu, designer, and Milena Milicevic, associate, IBI Group; and Greg Rapier, Knoll Group regional manager, Canada.
3-Theo West-Parks, president of ARIDO and of Westparks and Associates; and Canadian Interiors editor Michael Totzke.


The Design Exchange Awards honoured an enticing mix of usual-suspect design stars and budding young geniuses, and provided a delectable supper, sponsored by En Ville catering.

1-Burdifilek’s Sonia Germain, marketing and business development head, with
creative director and partner Diego Burdi.
2-An array of “principal” architects, with DX president and CEO Samantha Sannella (at right): Meg Graham, Superkul; Stephen Teeple, Teeple Architects; and Barry Sampson, Baird Sampson Neuert.
3-All the gang ­- from interior design firm Munge Leung – is here: Sarah Tremblay, junior designer; Jung Paric, intermediate designer; Alessandro Munge and Sai Leung, partners; Cy Lam, intermediate designer; and Mirella Munge, controller.
4-Telus Tower design-team members: John Gillanders, SSF&Co Architects; Doug Hitchcox, Cushman Wakefield; Guy Belanger and Gary Handley, Menkes Developments; Trish Clarry, Telus; and SSF&CO partner Dermot Sweeney.


A not-so-silent night, hosted by the Interior Designers of Alberta and TU Gallery, gathered together the design industry, including suppliers, designers and consultants, to ring in the holiday season.  (Photos by Donna Assaly)

1-Dafne MacLeod and Bridgette Jarosch, interior designers, Hodgson Schilf Architects and Engineers; Chris Onishi, contract specialist, Shaw Industries; Katherine Fischgrund, interior designer, Urban Design Interiors.
2-Simon Bell, contract sales agent, Christopher Carpets; Michele Rumbold, interior designer; Adam Sarnecki, contract sales agent, Christopher Carpets; and Michele Roach, principal, Wolski Design Group.
3-Celeste Thiesen, contract specialist, Shaw Industries; Laurie Snider, principal, Edgewise Design; and Laura C. Bielecki, interior designer, Kasian.