Join DesignTO’s Festival Ambassadors for the last 2018 edition of Designer Drinks (previously TO DO Designer Drinks), taking place on Tuesday, November 6 2018, from 6 – 9 PM at Constantine, restaurant at The Anndore House.

Designer Drinks is an informal networking event taking place every first Tuesday of the month. Come have a drink and get to know our DesignTO Ambassadors along with other members of Toronto’s art and design community.

Register now for the event.

About DesignTO 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. Ambassadors in attendance include:

Nathaniel Garcia
Garcia Rep Group/Founded by Garcia

With over 20 years experience in the furniture industry, Nathaniel continues to pursue challenging and rewarding projects. His newest venture, Founded by Garcia, a collaborative space shared with Biography design, is a platform for his brands to thrive within the A&D and arts community.

Chris Graham

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.

Dustin Kroft

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

Christian Lo & David Ryan

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

Arno 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.

Catherine Osborne
Writer, Editor, Curator

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.

Marsha Robb
Momentum Textiles

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 a Graphic Design degree.

Caroline Robbie
Principal, Quadrangle Architects

Coming from an arts and architectural-centred family, Caroline has been focused on the design of integrated interiors within architectural environments since 1980. She seeks to create places of beauty for their form, effect and function.

Chinny Sibeudu
Tusch Seating

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

Lukus Toane
Creative Project Direction & Exhibition Installation Management

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

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall
OCAD University

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 the faculty.

Kathryn Walter
FELT Studio

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.