2016 Seminar Timetable

Get Real: Why You Should Care about Original Design

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Seminar Details
Time Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 01:30 - 02:30
Category:Architecture, Innovation, Interior Design, Technology, Workplace
IDCEC #SE-10418-237; OAA Continuing Education
ModeratorShauna Levy

The Designer. The Thief. The Manufacturer. The Academic. Join us for a heated discussion on the continued prevalence of knock-offs in the world of design. Panelists including Antoine Roset of Ligne Roset and VP of Be Original Americas will talk about their experiences in design as it relates to original ideas, authentic products, quality-made works, creative process, and even IP theft. Speakers will explore how explicit counterfeit production and manufacturing and twists on original ideas have impacted their work and the greater practice/industry. Moderated by Shauna Levy, President and CEO, Design Exchange.



  • Catherine Osborne
    Editor, Azure Magazine

    Catherine Osborne is the Editor-in-Chief of Azure, Canada's award-winning magazine devoted to contemporary architecture and design. She has been a writer and editor for over two decades, covering such international events as Milan Design Week, London Design Festival and the Venice Architecture Biennale. 

  • Shauna Levy
    President, Toronto Design Museum, Design Exchange

    A Senior Leader/President with close to 20 years of expertise of launching and developing cultural attractions and exhibitions and trade/consumer shows within the categories of design and popular culture. Proven record in expanding geographic reach and commercialization of corporate businesses and cultural organizations coupled with successfully implementing corporate mandates.

    Shauna is proficiencent within both private and public sectors; having a successful track record in creating and building attractions which raise the profile of the City of Toronto both locally and internationally. An innovative and entrepreneurial problem-solver who thrives in challenging environments.

  • Antoine Roset
    Executive Vice President, Roset USA

    Antoine Roset, great-great-grandson of Ligne Roset founder by the same name (Antoine Roset), runs the family business in North and South America under the company Roset USA based in  New York City. He grew up in the city of Lyon, France, immersed in the family business (his father, Pierre, and uncle, Michel-the fourth generation  of the Roset family-own the business), which began as a small walking-stick company in Briord, France in 1860.  Nearly 150 years later, Ligne Roset has grown to a multinational furniture design and manufacturing company with factories in France, headquarters  in Briard and more than 200  exclusive Ligne Roset stores and over 750  retail distributors worldwide.

    Antoine began his career learning from outside the family and working at luxury watchmaker IWC in Paris. He was soon promoted from marketing manager to sales director, overseeing the French market. After three years with IWC, Antoine joined the Ligne Roset business and moved to New York City, where he is now Executive Vice President of Roset USA, the American subsidiary of the Roset group in charge of North and South Americas. In his current role he has continued to build a strong consumer business in the Americas and has recently and drastically increased the Ligne Roset Contracts  division  in the region.

    He is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur (ESCE) and also holds a MBA in Luxury Brand Marketing and International Management from lnstitut Superieur du Marketing de Luxe (ISML).

  • Anjli Patel
    Fashion Lawyer & Trademark Agent, Blue Chip Fashion, Kaura Jewels

    Anjli Patel is a fashion lawyer and trademark agent in Toronto. 

    After studying computer science at Queen’s University and attending law school at the University of Calgary, Anjli articled at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa and was called to the bar in 2012.

    Since then, she has channeled a lifelong interest in design into blue chip fashion, a law firm that assists small businesses and independent designers in commercializing their creativity and protecting their ideas. 

    Taking the world’s first academic course in fashion law at Fordham University School of Law in New York was a highlight of Anjli’s education and provided the inspiration and knowledge she needed to start her firm. 

    Alongside her law practice, Anjli has written for The Business of Fashion and Paper, is a mentor at Ryerson University’s Fashion Zone, and volunteers her time to fundraising committees at the Gardiner Museum, Design Exchange, and Royal Ontario Museum. 

    Anjli is an ardent supporter of local designers and is respected for her ability to speak their language.