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Ambassadors

DesignTO Ambassadors are representatives of the Festival’s creative community. As leaders of Toronto design locally and globally, they are a great resource for Festival information, and familiar faces at Festival events. Add them to your social networks and start communicating.

Christian Lo + David Ryan
ANONY
DesignTO has always played an important role for us as designers and creatives alike. It has been an incredible platform for the creative community to come together and connect. – Read More
Christian Lo + David RyanANONY
DesignTO has always played an important role for us as designers and creatives alike. It has been an incredible platform for the creative community to come together and connect.

ANONY is a lighting and product design studio founded by Christian Lo and David Ryan. Their interest in utilizing the technology and manufacturing processes is combined with an honest and timeless approach to a product’s life cycle, judicious use of materials, minimal manufacturing, and ease of use.

Arno Marthouret
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DesignTO is a great platform to show the world how good design can make life better for anyone. We need more awareness of the value of design in our culture Read More
Arno Marthouretrvltr
DesignTO is a great platform to show the world how good design can make life better for anyone. We need more awareness of the value of design in our culture that promotes fast and cheap when slow and deliberate often makes more sense.

Arnaud is a strategic-minded creative with a track record of helping architects and designers build a solid cultural and strategic soapbox upon which they can step and talk about their company, their work and their culture.

Caroline Robbie
Quadrangle
Caroline is a Principal at Quadrangle and head of the Interiors Group. Caroline aims to achieve solutions to design challenges using a wider lens, approaching her work through a perspective Read More
Caroline RobbieQuadrangle

Caroline is a Principal at Quadrangle and head of the Interiors Group. Caroline aims to achieve solutions to design challenges using a wider lens, approaching her work through a perspective that is grounded in art, seeing the conceptual narrative in all of her projects.

Catherine Osborne
Catherine Osborne
So many of Toronto’s designers and makers are hidden from view while working in their studios. DesignTO is the one chance each year when the city gets to see their Read More
Catherine OsborneCatherine Osborne
So many of Toronto’s designers and makers are hidden from view while working in their studios. DesignTO is the one chance each year when the city gets to see their work, their talent and their energy.

Catherine has been writing about contemporary culture, through the lens of design, architecture and art, for over 20 years. She is the former Editor of Azure magazine.

Chinny Sibeudu
Tusch Seating
DesignTO provokes a consciousness towards design. Allowing people the explore the emotional and cultural connection we have with design in a way that is easily accessible. – With a background Read More
Chinny SibeuduTusch Seating
DesignTO provokes a consciousness towards design. Allowing people the explore the emotional and cultural connection we have with design in a way that is easily accessible.

With a background in furniture design and Bachelor of Commerce in Technology(Ryerson University). Chinny works as a furniture design specialist for commercial and hospitality projects.

Chris Graham
TellPeople
DesignTO provides an opportunity for people working on all kinds of design problems, however defined, to meet each other and see what people are doing/thinking about. – Chris is the Read More
Chris GrahamTellPeople
DesignTO provides an opportunity for people working on all kinds of design problems, however defined, to meet each other and see what people are doing/thinking about.

Chris is the founder of TellPeople, teaching storytelling and communication to professionals. A twice-retired attorney, Chris is now an entrepreneur, producer of the Roar Festival (a concert raising money for Camp Ooch), and storyteller on stages around Toronto.

Dori Tunstall
OCAD University
DesignTO has become the premier showcase of design for OCAD University Faculty of Design. Each year more students and faculty participate because they know that during DesignTO the world is Read More
Dori TunstallOCAD University
DesignTO has become the premier showcase of design for OCAD University Faculty of Design. Each year more students and faculty participate because they know that during DesignTO the world is looking toward Toronto to see the best in design. DesignTO is OCAD U’s global platform to showcase our design talent.

Elizabeth (Dori) is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, & design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design.

Dustin Kroft
KROFT
I think DesignTO is important because it helps to promote and foster design in Toronto. The festival helps to develop the local design community and advocates for creatives and artists Read More
Dustin KroftKROFT
I think DesignTO is important because it helps to promote and foster design in Toronto. The festival helps to develop the local design community and advocates for creatives and artists looking for a platform to express themselves and their work.

Dustin is a multi-disciplinary designer who currently spends his time overseeing product development and manufacturing at his eponymous furniture studio, KROFT.

Jeffrey Douglas
Douglas Design Studio
We believe that, whether casual or formal, elegant or edgy, your home’s interior must reflect who you are and how you live. We like to think of ourselves as lifestyle Read More
Jeffrey DouglasDouglas Design Studio

We believe that, whether casual or formal, elegant or edgy, your home’s interior must reflect who you are and how you live. We like to think of ourselves as lifestyle interpreters, and we’re both passionate and highly organized about that role.

Kathryn Walter
FELT studio
DesignTO is important because it offers opportunities for design folks to do projects that are not necessarily commercially-driven. And, it provides a forum for emerging and experimental work. – Kathryn Read More
Kathryn WalterFELT studio
DesignTO is important because it offers opportunities for design folks to do projects that are not necessarily commercially-driven. And, it provides a forum for emerging and experimental work.

Kathryn has maintained a studio practice since 1989, working at the intersection of visual art, design and material culture. In 2000, she founded FELT as a studio and a label to explore modern manufactured felt through exhibitions and interiors.

Lukus Toane
Lukus Toane
DesignTO is exemplary in bringing together the many synapses that are Toronto’s Design + Visual Culture community under the umbrella of creative connectivity. – Lukus works in Creative Project Direction Read More
Lukus ToaneLukus Toane
DesignTO is exemplary in bringing together the many synapses that are Toronto’s Design + Visual Culture community under the umbrella of creative connectivity.

Lukus works in Creative Project Direction & Exhibition Installation Management in a Gallery / Museum context. Toane also works with LGBTQ cultural event programming.

Marsha Robb
Momentum Textiles
DesignTO is important community because it allows designers to start a conversations and collaborate with other disciplines. Design can better the world around us by influencing change, growth and understanding. Read More
Marsha RobbMomentum Textiles
DesignTO is important community because it allows designers to start a conversations and collaborate with other disciplines. Design can better the world around us by influencing change, growth and understanding.

Marsha is a representative for one of the leading creators of sustainable contract textiles covering the Ontario and East Coast Territory. She holds a bachelor in Fashion Communication from Ryerson University and Graphic Design degree.

Nathaniel Garcia
Founded by Garcia
For 10 nights during the most challenging time of the year Design TO has created an event that is thought provoking, creative and just plain fun! – Nathaniel Garcia is Read More
Nathaniel GarciaFounded by Garcia
For 10 nights during the most challenging time of the year Design TO has created an event that is thought provoking, creative and just plain fun!

Nathaniel Garcia is the Principal of Founded by Garcia, a Toronto-based boutique agency that represents a curated portfolio of international design brands. With two decades of experience in the furniture industry, he formed Founded by Garcia in 2015.
Through the company, Nathaniel works on challenging design and curation projects and organizes events for artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

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