DesignAgency’s 20th Anniversary Block Party

DesignAgency (DA), nee the Design Agency, greeted the start of its third decade at its annual August block
party. This time it was held not in their west-end Toronto offices, but nearby in the parking area behind the
venerable and soon-to-gentrify Palace Arms Hotel, with DA on the building team.

Photo credit: David Lasker

Andrea Hayman, showroom manager, Lightform; and interior decorator Christine Gairdner.
DA founding partners Anwar Mekhayech, Matthew Davis and Allen Chan.
Jane Son, director, Casson Hardware Specialties, holding a DA 20thanniversary-labeled can of beer from Mascot Brewery; and Tommy Matejka of, whose photography adorns DA condo display centres.
Jordan Herald, co-CEO of branding agency Gravity Partners; his wife Lara, landscape designer with the City of Toronto; Thanos Tripi, owner of the DA-designed Mamakas Taverna on Ossington Avenue.
Luciano Lorenzatti, Sheridan College prof and creative director at Empex Watertoys; Ashley Warboys, product application specialist, Teknion; Jane Henderson, sales director, Studio TK; and Janet Stone, sales and business development director at the Toronto branch of home-furnishings store Avenue Road.
Roy Zandboer, project designer, DA; Jenny Lang, intern designer, II By IV Design; DA’s Emily Yoon, intermediate designer; and Emily Schorn, project designer.
Khalil Jamal, whose eponymous industrial design firm has created a mural for the Pan Am Games and wallpaper for Rollout; and Design Exchange programs director Nina Boccia.