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IIDEX Woodshop 2017 Judges

IIDEX Woodshop 2017 Judges

In 2013, IIDEXCanada launched IIDEX Woodshop for the first time and produced annually ever since. This year we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of one of IIDEXCanada's most popular special features and the show's only prototype exhibit.

Built on the premise of diverting over an estimated 100,000 trees headed to Toronto landfills annually, the competition aims to turn this city's urban forests felled by weather, age and infestation into a valuable economic resource.     

To decide who makes the cut, we enlist the help of key influential Canadian design leaders to review all of the designs submitted by industrial designers, architects, artisans and makers from all over the world. They are tasked with the difficult job of selecting 15 innovative wood prototypes for this travelling exhibition that will debut at IIDEXCanada 2016.

Winners of the 5th annual IIDEX Woodshop competition will be announced in July.

Meet the 2017 IIDEX Woodshop Judges

Juli Daoust and John Baker, Mjolk

John Baker and Juli Daoust
Owners, Mjölk

John Baker and Juli Daoust opened design shop Mjölk in 2009 with a focus on craft and design works from Scandinavia and Japan. Since the opening of their business, the couple have hosted numerous exhibitions and have produced several product collections designed in cooperation with international designers. They also publish a series of books entitled Mjölk, which profile different craftspeople from around the world.

Pooya Baktash

Pooya Baktash
Architect, Co-Founder of PARTISANS

Pooya Baktash studied architecture at the University of Azad in Tehran, Iran, where he also worked at renowned architecture firm EBA, recipient of an Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In 2007, he came to Canada to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Pooya has a record of achievement on major civic projects. He co-founded PARTISANS in 2012.

Lars Dressler, Brothers Dressler

Lars Dressler
Designer/Maker, Co-Founder, Brothers Dressler

Lars Dressler along with his brother Jason run Brothers Dressler, a bespoke furniture design studio based in Toronto and founded in 2003. The studio has produced award-winning furniture and lighting for clients around the globe, focusing on responsibly sourced materials and a high level of craftsmanship. Their work is held in the Design Exchange's permanent collection and was recently exhibited in True Nordic at the Gardiner Museum. Brothers Dressler are also IIDEX Woodshop alumni. They took taking part in this special feature exhibit at IIDEXCanada 2013. 

Miles Keller, Dystil

Miles Keller
Industrial Designer

Feeling that part of a designer's responsibility is to the broader community, Miles has served on the boards of the both the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Awards and the Humane Village international design conference. He was also president of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) for four years (1996- 2000). Miles currently teaches industrial design at The Institute Without Boundaries (IWB) and OCADU. His company, Dystil, provides services in all facets of the design process. Miles is an IIDEX Woodshop alumnus, taking part in last year's special feature collection.

David Podsiadlo  Partner, Lead Designer, Gus*

David Podsiadlo 
Partner, Lead Designer, Gus*

David studied Industrial Design before contributing to a number of architectural and interior design firms in Toronto.  In 1999 he co-founded Stylegarage in the city's West Queen West neighbourhood, which served as a retail outlet for his furniture designs, emphasizing raw materials, clean lines, and basic forms.  After quickly gaining local notoriety for his contemporary, unfussy approach to furniture, David and his partners launched Gus* in 2001, taking his designs to a North American market and earning the "Best New Collection" distinction at the 2001 International Gift Fair in Manhattan.  Collecting accolades ever since, David continues to serve as partner and Lead Designer at Gus*.

Peter Sobchack, editor Canadian Interiors

Peter Sobchak
Editor, Canadian Interiors

Peter Sobchak has been discussing topics related to design, architecture and real estate development in Canada through various mediums for over 15 years. He is the editor of Canadian Interiors and Building magazines, his writing has appeared in publications in England, Germany, the Netherlands, China and elsewhere, and his work has won several awards for business writing. He was also the host and producer of Building Toronto, which aired on Rogers TV.

Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens
Senior Principal, Architect, ZAS Architects Inc.

Paul Stevens is a Senior Principal with ZAS Architects, a multi-disciplinary design practice with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Dubai. He is known for working creatively with many forms and scales of architecture—from libraries and universities, to high-rise residential and airports. Recent projects include Toronto's multi-award winning River City Neighbourhood, Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library and York University’s first LEED Gold building, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. Paul's interest in wood design was acknowledged as the recipient of the 2014 Wood Advocate Award, presented by The Canadian Wood Council for the support and innovative use of wood in multiple projects.  

Myrlene Sundberg, Urban Mode

Myrlene Sundberg
Owner, Urban Mode

Myrlene is a pioneer in the Interior Design industry. For over 38 years, she has built Urban Mode to be voted the Best Furniture Store in Toronto three years in a row! Her commitment to excellence makes her a valued "go-to" design resource. Myrlene is a well-known industry speaker and delivers workshops on a variety of design-related topics. She is recognized as a seasoned design curator and has co-created seven different design boutiques over the years. While each had a different product focus, they maintained the same design philosophy--outstanding in design, quality and fun colour. 

Davide Tonizzo

Davide Tonizzo 
Designer Artisan

Davide Tonizzo is a design artisan. He was born in Toronto but like many Canadians, he has a second motherland, Italy. His connection to this other citizenship has both nurtured and inspired his work. Like his ancestors of the Italian Renaissance, Davide meshes engineering with art in a craft-like method creating bespoke design solutions for his clients. His passion for design was propelled by a childhood dream of being a car stylist. Davide’s career began not in the classrooms and design offices of Toronto (or TO as locals call it) but in the model shops and car design studios of another TO, Torino. His second love, furniture design, came to him by a date with destiny in Milan when he discovered the showrooms of the great furniture companies. These Italian beginnings have led to an independent practice of over 20 years, a diverse portfolio, many awards, patents, and publication in international design media. Davide’s work has migrated into brand creation and film making.

Randa Tukan 300w

Randa Tukan 
Senior Vice President at HOK

Randa Tukan is a senior vice president and global director of hospitality based in HOK’s Toronto Office. With over 25 years of experience in interior architecture and design, both in Canada and around the world, her expertise extends far beyond the world of interiors, encompassing architecture, urban planning, landscape, and branding. Randa's design vision is a fully integrated one, ensuring that the expectations of her clients are met and enhanced.

Yuill McGregor, North on Sixty

Yuill McGregor
Founder & President, North on Sixty

Yuill McGregor is the Founder & President of North on Sixty—a Canadian design/builder. Yuill’s passion for wood began at age four, when he was given a set of Maple building blocks from his grandmother. He’s been building things ever since. Yuill’s expertise on the subject of wood—from forestry through to building applications—is matched only by his passion for sharing that knowledge. His company, North on Sixty, takes on ambitious building projects of all types—most employing the unmatched aesthetic and performance characteristics that only his favourite building material can offer.

This year's collection will be on view during IIDEXCanada 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, November 29–30 before travelling to other design shows, conferences and exhibitions throughout 2018.

Click here to view the winners from IIDEX Woodshop 2016.