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BEST OF YEAR AWARDS 2018 – Infinity Modern, Leonardo 1482 and OlaH
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INTERIOR DESIGN’S BEST OF YEAR AWARDS 2018 – Voting links below!

Infinity Modern Pendant, the Leonardo 1482, and olaH lights have been nominated.  It’s time to vote for the best products of Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards for 2018!  This year our three of our lights have been nominated into Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Awards 2018.

In the Lighting: Pendant Category our “INFINITY MODERN PENDANT” light has been nominated.

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Infinity Modern Pendant – Hidden illumination, glass magnifiers

Please vote  HERE   for our Infinity Modern Pendant Light.

In the Lighting: SCONCE Category our “OLAH” light has been nominated.

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Ollah Wall Sconce – four lights in one

Please vote  HERE   for our OLAH Light.

In the Lighting: CHANDELIER Category our “Leonardo 1482” light has been nominated.

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Da VInci Collection – Leonardo 1482

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Da Vinci Collection – Leonardo 1482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please vote  HERE   for our Da Vinci Light.

Voting is open from Oct 9d – 20th, 2018 in a public gallery on boyawards.interiordesign.net

Interior Design’s Best of Year is the design industry’s premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe.

Now celebrating its 13th year, Interior Design’s Best of Year (affectionately known as BoY) has become the ultimate measure of excellence, showcasing what’s happening today in every category of design while simultaneously setting the bar even higher for the future.

 

Contact Us Today for More Info About Us and Our Innovative Lighting Design

Stunning artistry. Sophisticated design. Seamless process. That’s the Karice way, and that’s what we do every day. For more information about us or to see how we may collaborate with you or build custom lighting works for you, contact us by sending us an email or calling us at 604-542-7137.

 

SLS Lighting Art and Science
SLS Lighting Art & Science
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SLS Lighting Art & Science – Seminar and Exposition June 12 2018 at Parq Vancouver, and June 14, 2018 at Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC.

Lighting, Art + Science will be held on June 12 + June 14, 2018 at the Parq Vancouver + Hotel Grand Pacific respectively

Seminar A: Light and Shadow. Sustainable Lighting for Urban Landscapes

This seminar will highlight how “Energy”, presented here as -shadows and light – played a key role during ancestral societies, in our present day, and will keep doing so in the future. Elias will talk about creating a Space within a Space, using light. Our privacy, the connectivity, speed of mobility and handling the big data are some of the issues that are being analyzed in order to achieve a human centric lighting design for urban and public spaces.

Seminar B: Making an Emotional Connection with Lighting

Light is used in a variety of applications and the important subject is PEOPLE. Colour preference is about people and applications. Discover how lighting design and light contributes to enhancing experiences. The effects of light sources on and below the black body locus will be discussed and how it affects perception and enhances colour appearance in a variety of applications. Explore how you want people to feel comfortable, attractive, confident, and good about themselves. An in-depth study on the cosmetic industry will also be explored.

Seminar C: The Science and Application of Circadian Lighting

With growing emphasis on healthy built environments, circadian lighting is a popular topic that many designers and end-users are being asked to explore. This lecture will outline the science behind circadian lighting, telling an easy-to-understand story that helps explain what we should expect from circadian lighting, as well as address important design considerations, who should expect to benefit from circadian lighting and what those benefits are.

Seminar D: The art + science of visual communcaiton

When one hears the term ‘digital signage,’ the first thing that comes to mind is the technology – or, more specifically, the hardware behind such mainstream applications as menu boards and video walls. Technology, however, is just the means to an experience, not an experience. In this seminar, we will discuss how to create out of the box experiences and to look ahead at technology as a way to tell your clients story.

 

Karice is pleased to partake in the important industry event.  We will be exhibiting a brand new light fixture, never before seen in public.  Our Diamond Luxennea M-Series.

Karice has been a custom lighting and metal work manufacturer for over 30 years and are an award winning industry leader. We are excited to partake in this important industry event.  Our newest light – Diamond Luxennea M-Series will be publicly shown for the first time.  Come and see it for yourself. Check out the custom lighting collection by Karice – you can order any one of these you like! You can also have a custom unique lighting design made. Contact Karice today by email or by phone at 604-542-7137 and experience  lighting designed especially for you.

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BEST OF YEAR AWARDS 2017 – TIME, SHROOM and ELECTRON PENDANT
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INTERIOR DESIGN’S BEST OF YEAR AWARDS 2017

Time, Shroom Electron lights have been nominated.  It’s time to vote for the best products of Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards for 2017!  This year our three of our lights have been nominated into Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Awards 2017.

In the Lighting: Architectural Category our “TIME” light has been nominated.

Time by Karice

TIME by Karice

Please vote  HERE   for our Time Light.

In the Lighting: Chandelier Category our “SHROOM” light has been nominated.

Shroom Best of Year 2017

Shroom Best of Year 2017

Please vote  HERE   for our Shroom Light.

In the Lighting: Pendant Category our “ELECTRON” light has been nominated.

Electron BOY2017

Karice Electron Pendant BOY 2017

Please vote  HERE   for our Electron Light.

Voting is open from Oct 5rd – 16th, 2017 in a public gallery on boyawards.interiordesign.net

Interior Design’s Best of Year is the design industry’s premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe.

Now celebrating its 12th year, Interior Design’s Best of Year (affectionately known as BoY) has become the ultimate measure of excellence, showcasing what’s happening today in every category of design while simultaneously setting the bar even higher for the future.

 

Contact Us Today for More Info About Us and Our Innovative Lighting Design

Stunning artistry. Sophisticated design. Seamless process. That’s the Karice way, and that’s what we do every day. For more information about us or to see how we may collaborate with you or build custom lighting works for you, contact us by sending us an email or calling us at 604-542-7137.

 

Shrrom nomination in Darc Awards
DARC AWARDS 2017 – SHROOM PENDANT NOMINATION
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The Darc Decorative Lighting Awards

The Darc Awards Decorative is a unique concept utilizing mondo*arc and darc magazine’s reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world. It’s time to vote for the best products of Darc’s Decorative Lighting Awards for 2017!  Our entry is in the Bespoke category and can be viewed HERE Be sure to check out all other nominated entries before casting your vote.

Voting is open from April 3rd – 18th, 2017.   Only independent designers are eligible to vote. Go through all the entries on the Darc website to make your choices. Once you have decided on your favorite entry from each category then go to www.darc.awardsplatform.com to register and cast your votes. You get one vote per category – you simply choose your favorite.

Karice’s Shroom Pendant is one of the submissions in the “BESPOKE” category.

The Story behind the SHROOM light

Kalu Interiors approached Karice in April 2016 to help them with their IDS Vancouver Central Bar display. They needed lighting for their display, and came to Karice to design and supply the custom lighting. The theme planned was Alice in Wonderland. We were given the project carte blanche, so this is when the real fun began. Lead designer at Karice, began contemplating the story of Alice, and one night while sitting in the bathtub, design innovations began to populate the mind of our master designer, Maurice L. Dery. The idea of huge mushrooms began to take hold. And so began the journey to create ‘Shroom.

Shroom is an interesting take on a Pendant lighting fixture. Using thin gauge aluminum shapes, the mushroom gills, thirty in all, form the unique shape of our light. Shroom is an LED pendant light fixture that illuminates from both its inner core and a down light. The illumination from within casts a unique play of light onto the aluminum gills. A beautiful array of colors results from the glow of its inner core. The light is also equipped with an MR11 down light. This enables the light to be used for task lighting.

A mushroom shape is not your typical lighting fixture. Travelling on a whimsical theme, the gills of a mushroom heavily influenced our design. Our design began by using Auto-CAD inventor to create the light fixture shape, using the constraints of a 50.8 mm diameter center core. Once the shape was finalized, more detailed drawings were drafted. The aluminum gill shapes were cut on a water jet machining center using thin gauge aluminum sheet material. The details of the top and bottom caps were drafted in Auto-CAD mechanical. CNC programs were written to produce the machining of the top and bottom caps. The caps were designed to enable mounting of the LED’s, the center lighting diffuser, and hold all 30 aluminum gills. Once all of the components were made, the parts were sent out for anodizing. The lights that exhibited at IDS Vancouver in September 2016, were finished in a light gold anodized finish. This color resembles the currently popular brass, only at a more affordable price point.

The light is 596.9 mm diameter and 406.4 mm high. The light is constructed using aluminum, acrylic and energy efficient LED’s. The light is suspended using aircraft cable. A coaxial wire is used for power, thus giving the illusion that the light is floating in mid air.

Darc Award Categories

The entries on the Darc Awards website can be seen in the following categories as follows:

PROJECT – LIVE, WORK, REST, PLAY and SHOP
PRODUCTS – BESPOKE, CEILING, WALL, FLOOR, TABLE, EXTERIOR, SOURCE

Shroom Light

Shroom Light as captured in BC nature.

Shroom LED Pendant

Shroom LED Pendant

Shroom at Central Bar Diplay

Shroom photographed in situ at the IDS Central Bar Display

Contact Us Today for More Info About Us and Our Innovative Lighting Design

Stunning artistry. Sophisticated design. Seamless process. That’s the Karice way, and that’s what we do every day. For more information about us or to see how we may collaborate with you or build custom lighting works for you, contact us by sending us an email or calling us at 604-542-7137.

 

BEST OF YEAR AWARDS 2016 – LIGHTING SCONCE – ELECTRON
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INTERIOR DESIGN’S BEST OF YEAR AWARDS

It’s time to vote for the best products of Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards for 2016!  Our entry is in the Best of Year Lighting Sconce category.

Please vote  HERE   for our entry.

Voting is open from Oct 3rd – 14th, 2016 in a public gallery on boyawards.interiordesign.net

Karice’s custom design electron wall sconce is one of the submissions on the “LIGHTING SCONCE” category.

In physics, the electron is a subatomic particle with a negative elementary, electric charge. Electrons radiate energy in the form of protons when accelerated. Thus began the inspiration for the light that we designed and titled The Electron. The Electron Wall sconce reflects the image and nature of its namesake. What emerged from our inspiration is a beautiful, simplistic design that can be used in a variety of decors. It is illuminated with energy efficient LED strips through frosted clear acrylic along the inner and outer rings.

The Electron is a wall mounted LED luminaire for indoor use. It has a beautiful, simplistic design that is modern and futuristic in appearance. LED lighting technology enabled the creation of this unique design and also produced an energy efficient luminaire.

The Electron is made using aluminum sheet, aluminum shafting, and frosted acrylic sheet. The aluminum sheet and acrylic are cut using an OMAX waterjet machining center. Next, using a CNC milling machine and lathe, the aluminum is processed further. Once the aluminum parts are machined, they have a brushed finish applied on all exposed surfaces. The parts are then sent for anodizing. The aluminum is anodized in silver, black, or gold. A dimmable 12V LED strip is used as the source of illumination. The LED driver is mounted integrally into the wall plate.

The wall plate for the Electron has no exposed fasteners. A custom designed mounting plate was designed and created to enable the mounting of the luminaire with no visible fasteners. A simple set screw at the bottom of the wall plate fastens to the mounting plate.

Dimensions: 9-7/8″ or 250mm diameter x 4.5″ or 114.3 mm Colors Available Are: Anodized Clear, Black or Light Gold Lamping: LED strip 12V Lumens 840, 3000K, 8.4 watts Dimmable LED Driver

Electron wall sconce in gold

Gold electron wall sconce

 

Contact Us Today for More Info About Us and Our Innovative Lighting Design

Stunning artistry. Sophisticated design. Seamless process. That’s the Karice way, and that’s what we do every day. For more information about us or to see how we may collaborate with you or build custom lighting works for you, contact us by sending us an email or calling us at 604-542-7137.

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Electron wall sconce - gold

Electron wall sconce in gold

OUR NEWEST LIGHTING DESIGN – CONTEST TO NAME THE LIGHT
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ENTER CONTEST HERE

New Innovative LED lighting design –  with the IDS Vancouver 2016 design show quickly approaching, Karice has been so busy preparing.   We will be featuring six brand new lighting designs at the show.  Our TIME light can be seen in Dinner by Design, SHROOM in the Central Bar, and the remaining four lights can be seen in booth #911 – IDS Vancouver 2016.

CONTEST TO NAME THE LIGHT – Karice’s newest addition to our lighting collection is looking for a name.  We are asking the design community to help us “Name the LIGHT”.

ENTER CONTEST HERE

We have been so busy preparing for the IDS Vancouver 2016 Design show and we have run out of time.  This light is so new, it doesn’t even have a name yet.  We are asking the design community to participate in a competition to “NAME THE LIGHT”.  The winner will win a triple pendant version of our new light (value $1,100.00).  Winner to be announced in October.

This light was designed by Karice’s lead designer, Maurice L. Dery.  The light is made from CNC machined aluminum components and acrylic.  The light diffuser is frosted clear acrylic to obscure the single LED bulb that is used in this fixture.

The aluminum parts are anodized to offer a rich looking refined finish.  The illumination is energy efficient LED technology.  The long lasting bulb is 2700K and delivers 100 lumens.

Suspended by a single co-axial cable, the light appears to be floating in mid air, eliminating the need for heavy wire.  Low voltage lighting affords us this ability wire our lights in this manner. Our triple pendant will have a 6″ diameter canopy to suspend the three lights in an array.

To enter the contest, please complete the form on the Home Landing Page.  ENTER CONTEST HERE

 

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Contact Us Today for More Info About Us and Our Innovative Lighting Design

Stunning artistry. Sophisticated design. Seamless process. That’s the Karice way, and that’s what we do every day. For more information about us or to see how we may collaborate with you or build custom lighting works for you, contact us by sending us an email or calling us at 604-542-7137.

ELECTRON WALL SCONCE LIGHT WINS GOLD AT IDA
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ELECTRON WALL SCONCE WINS AGAIN!

Karice’s Electron Wall Sconce wins GOLD at the annual International Design Awards in Los Angeles.  On June 16, 2016, Karice Enterprises Ltd. was awarded : First Prize in the Illumination Competition for it’s ELECTRON project.

 

Electron

The Electron Wall Sconce Wins GOLD at the IDA awards

 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The Electron Wall Sconce – Lighting Design at it’s best.  Karice has been designing and creating light fixtures since 2000.  In 2015, we decided to design our own unique line of lighting products.  Thus began the journey to design and create the lighting fixture known as ELECTRON.

The LED technology available to a lighting designer enables us to create new innovative designs in lighting.  We could not achieve these designs without the resources available to us today.  It has been an exciting exercise to design and create new lighting fixtures such as the Electron.

Reflecting the image and nature of its namesake, the Electron wall sconce luminaire represents the circular path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom.  The aesthetic is minimalistic, while masking a highly innovative creation below the surface.  Made with aluminum and acrylic, the Electron’s irreducibly complex engineering hides all fasteners and wiring, and maintains the ring’s suspended independence without compromising beauty or functionality.  Using dimmable energy-efficient LED technology, it illuminates from its inner and outer edges without shadowing.  A custom user-friendly adapter plate mounts the fixture to ensure easy, efficient, headache-free installation.

Preliminary designs and prototypes began in October 2015, with the final prototype completed in December 2015.  The design of the electron was enhanced by the tools of our trade.  Using AutoCAD, we were able to draft up the design for the Electron.  Once CAD designs were completed, we went to work with the manufacturing process.  Our waterjet machining center, CNC milling machine and CNC lathe were all employed to enable us to create the light fixture.  A test assembly was made before the parts were sent out for finishing.  The aluminum components were anodized to give a beautiful rich looking finish.  We were pleased with our finished product.

Our electron can be viewed at:  electron

 

Western Living Designer of the Year 2016 Nomination for Maurice L. Dery
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We are happy to announce that Maurice L. Dery has been nominated in the “INDUSTRIAL” category for Western Living’s Designer of the Year Competition for 2016. Maurice has been a designer in his own right for 37 years, designing everything from utilitarian equipment, to architectural metal and lighting products.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Maurice’s family roots  in Canada can be traced back to 1679 when the first settlers immigrated to Canada from France. Maurice is Canadian, through and through, whose native tongue is actually French.  As a teenager, Maurice designed and built his own hydroplane boat, and has continued experimenting with new ideas ever since.  Maurice has two Red Seal trade tickets – iron-worker and machinist. His first architectural metalwork project was a metal gate in 1985 for a residence in Edmonton, Alberta.  His own company, Karice Enterprises Ltd. was launched in 1993.  This marked the year of making a career out of metalwork design.  In 2000, at the urging from Robert Clark, of CLO Design in Seattle, Washington, Maurice went into the lighting design and build business. Karice’s first commercial lighting job was for the Milestones Restaurant Chain for their newly renovated project in Whistler, BC.  Maurice has collaborated with the design team at Earls for literally every lighting project in their restaurant chain across North America.

When it comes to design, it is important to realize, that it is not just about the DESIGN CONCEPT.  As Steve Jobs so succinctly quoted  “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works”.  Maurice has the experience, know how, and creative ability that has enabled many designers to bring their design concepts to a reality.  Maurice is the designer who figures out “How it works!”

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We are so blessed and grateful to the judges who shortlisted Maurice for the honor of this announcement. Thank you Western Living Magazine.

Collaboration: The Future of Design (A’ Design Award Interview: Part III)
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Over the last two days, we have posted snippets of Maurice Dery’s A’ Design Award interview. Part I focused on the differences between design and art (click here if you missed it), and Part II highlighted a “day-in-the-life” of Maurice (click here).

Today, we bring you Part III: Collaboration, The Future of Design.

(For the full interview, click here.)

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
MD: I prefer to work as a team. Too often though, my designs are completely my own. But as I age, I am making a concerted effort to pass on my knowledge and skills to the next generation, so I am co-designing with younger designers as much as possible.

FS: How do you think the “design field” is evolving? What is the future of design?
MD: Collaboration. The synergy that comes when diverse disciplines unite with a common purpose is powerful. I believe in teamwork, not just with my internal team but with other leaders in the industry. The more generous we are in working together, the greater our innovation will be. The leaders of the future will be the collaborators who can best bring highly talented people of diverse disciplines together.

FS: What is your “golden rule” in design?
MD: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. As a designer, seek excellence. Seek innovation. Seek originality…with EVERY project! When a client hires you, treat the design with the same level of care and attention that you would if it was your own. Make other people famous because of the amazing work you do for them. Such an approach will ensure you are always in high demand! And, in time, you will receive your dues.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
MD: I always like to ask the question: “Is the piece selfish and exclusively about me and my expression, or is it generous and purposeful – making a positive impact on those it interacts with?” That is what differentiates the finest work: it is responsible and forward-thinking. The same goes for environmental consideration. We are to be good stewards of our resources and planet, and aim to leave the world a better place for future generations.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
MD: Look at their skills and abilities, by looking at their track record and longevity. If they have an outstanding portfolio but they’ve only been in the business for two years, you need to think twice about how honest they’re being. No amount of talent can make an expert overnight. A true master will have years and years and years of consistently creating brilliant designs – from start to finish. Age does not make a master. Consistently innovating and pushing creative boundaries over many years does.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
MD: To be able to actually create the design you come up with. If you can’t create it, why design it? Having a technical understanding of how things work is critical.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
MD: For Design: AutoCAD.  For Development: I stick to metalwork, so I do a lot of fabrication – TIG and MIG welding, grinding, etc. – as well as machining and waterjet cutting.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
MD: Develop practical skills. Great ideas are common, but excellent execution is rare – really rare! Few people have the skillset to actually bring their ideas to life. Few can actually CREATE the brilliant design.

Also, know that the difference between good and great is in the little details. Master the basics. Truly become an expert on all the fundamentals of your discipline, and over time you will be known as the best in your field.

FS: What was your most important job experience?
MD: In my late twenties, I decided to make a career change out of ironworking, after replacing a coworker who was blown off a bridge. After that, I decided to refine my metalworking skills and get a machining ticket.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
MD: Positives: You get to create things! It is very fulfilling to have an idea, design and develop it, and then see it through to completion. Being a designer is very rewarding.

Negatives: Finding the balance between confidence and humility is the greatest challenge of any designer, in my opinion. You have to be confident but you must be humble. If you lose sight of either, you will fail altogether. When no one knows about you, it is hard to persevere and continually perfect your work. And when you’re successful, it is equally challenging to continue pushing forward – the temptation is to sit back and enjoy your success.

FS: How do you work with companies?
MD: Collaboratively. I take my skills and expertise in design and metalwork and apply those to help others reach their final goal.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
MD: A day. A week. A month? It entirely depends on the project. Some stuff we have developed from start to finish in an afternoon. Other projects have a life of their own. We have had some designs that took six months to complete.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
MD: BUILDEX Vancouver, in February 2016, was the last exhibition I attended. Although my work was displayed at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City in March 2016. The next exhibition I will be personally attending and displaying at is the Interior Design Show Vancouver in September 2016.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
MD: More original pieces. I want to keep pushing the creative envelope, and leave a legacy that my son is proud to inherit.

A Day in the Life of Maurice Dery (A’ Design Award Interview: Part II)
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Yesterday, we began the three part series of Maurice Dery’s Silver A’ Design Award interview. Part I focused on the differences between design and art (click here if you missed it), and tomorrow we’ll talk about the future of design (click here).

Today, we’ll look at a day in the life of Maurice, Karice’s founder and lead designer.

(For the full interview, click here.)

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
MD: I live with my family in Surrey, a coastal suburb of Vancouver, BC, Canada. This is increasingly becoming a world-class city for innovative design. I think this is a result of a combination of things: Vancouver’s adventurous pioneer heritage, the natural awe-inspiring beauty of the region, and the melting pot of diverse ethnicities. This creates a haven for inspiration and creativity. We’re also a very entrepreneurial people. We’re not afraid to take risks and do what hasn’t been done before. As a designer, it is a healthy atmosphere to be surrounded by. However, Canada is a very young country, and Vancouver in particular is a relatively new city (it’s a little over a hundred years old). As such, we do not have the depth of history and heritage of most other countries and cities. And in the design world, we still seem to lack an identity. Thankfully that’s changing, as Canadian west coast design and craftsmanship begins to be recognized across the globe.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
MD: (1) A trellis that I designed for my wife 23 years ago. (2) A nautilus bench (3) My boat! It has beautiful, beautiful lines. (4) My system of McIntosh amps (5) A quad rack I designed for carrying four full-sized ATVs on a shortbox truck

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
MD: Every day is different. Very different! Some days I am at my computer creating concepts and drafting designs. Other days I’m experimenting and building prototypes. Still others, I am on the shop floor finishing the final product. But every day I am leading my team and interacting with clients, while trying to make room in each day to be creative and explore new ideas.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
MD: Whether it is our own concept or a client’s idea, we begin by solidifying the conceptual drawings and design objective. We then draft our initial designs and being developing prototypes. We always have formal blueprints drafted before prototyping, and we always prototype before production begins. Once we’re happy with a prototype, we then begin production.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
MD: Good question! This is something I struggle with every day. It is hard to balance creativity with productivity. And, truthfully, I believe the answer is teamwork. By having a high quality team, you can rely on others to carry the load. If you’re doing everything yourself, you don’t have the time to pursue your inspirations.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
MD: “Can you build this?”

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, as we wrap up this Q&A and discuss the future of design