who we are:
Adam Bellas joins SwitzerCultCreative as a partner and showroom manager. Bellas brings more than 20 years of industry experience to SwitzerCultCreative. He developed a strong understanding of the fine art of manufacturing and producing handcrafted, custom European-made furniture through his early work in factories. He is best known for working with designers and “specifiers” to select high-end furniture for residential, commercial and hospitality projects around the world. Bellas is committed to building and honouring long-lasting client and supplier relationships. He believes in bringing value and contributing to the vision, form and function of every design project. “The opportunity to work with new suppliers (locally and from around the world) is very exciting for me, especially when I am able to help grow their businesses by promoting their products through our extensive network. It’s something I’m very proud of.”
Jennifer Wosk has over a decade’s experience in customer service and office administration. She grew up in the furniture industry and feels furniture and art are in her blood. Jennifer has a passion for art, nature, travel and beauty. Creativity is a way of life for Jennifer. She is an experienced yoga and meditation guide and has her own line of jewelry, the Soulshine Collection. “I love assisting people in finding the beautiful things that they want to be surrounded by.” We are excited to have Jennifer join our team in the Vancouver Showroom.
Jaan Andres Born in Ontario, Canada in 1985, Jaan grew up near Haliburton until his family moved to Calgary in 1995. He was named after his fathers brother Jaan, a practicing painter still working in Toronto. “My uncle’s practice indirectly influenced and encouraged me to become interested in art throughout my youth and so I feel my identity as a maker has been with me for a long time.” Jaan began making glass at ACAD in 2004 receiving a BFA, along with the ACAD board of governors award for glass in 2007. In 2009 he moved to Adelaide, Australia to participate in the Jam Factory glass associate program.
Recently, Jaan returned to Canada where he practices his craft in Vancouver.
SwitzerCultCreative discovered Jaan’s work at the Eastside Culture Crawl and will be selling select pieces from the Vancouver showroom.
Find out more about the artisan designers on the Artisan site.
Umberto Asnago (1949) holds a Diploma from the Institute of Art in Cantu’ Milano. He began his design career with Giorgetti S.P.A. in 1968, subsequently undertaking the management of research in the department of industrial design. In 2006 he left Giorgetti to focus on his own design career in addition to fulfilling the professional role of Art Director at Penta Illuminazione. Since 2006 he has cooperated with various Italian companies in the Interior Design sector. 2009 saw the culmination of a collaboration with Ferri Mobili to launch the AHRPA Collection designed by Umberto Asnago and produced exclusively by Ferri Mobili. SwitzerCultCreative is proud to have been selected as the North American distributor for the AHRPA Collection.
Fringe Studio George Bennett and Stacy Binns of Fringe Studio each have over twenty years experience in the architecture and interior design fields. They founded Fringe Studio in 2008. George is a licensed architect in California and a LEED accredited professional. Stacy and George have completed projects all over North America in the commercial, hospitality and residential realms, but their specialty is fine homes. In response to client’s needs for specialty furnishings, they developed an innovative line of modular pieces called Mixi Modular. Mixi Modular is comprised of a set of 10 boxes and 10 bases that combine to make cabinets of any size and function. This simple kit of parts is well thought-out and beautifully proportioned. Available in many finishes and featuring accessories such as wine racks, speakers, seat cushions and custom tops. Winner of the Dwell on Design 2014 Award for Furniture. The possibilities are limitless!
Crafted in the USA with the finest attention to detail, this furniture is made to order and can be customized to suit your needs.
As a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Fringe Studio takes pride and using locally sourced or salvaged materials, as well as water-based low-VOC finishes. SwitzerCultCreative is thrilled to introduce this innovative collection to Canada for the first time.
Jaime Hayon Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974.
His artistic vision was first fully exposed in the ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ and ‘Mon Cirque’ installations. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.
Jaime further defined his vision in subsequent solo exhibitions and shows at major galleries, and design and art fairs all over the globe. His wide client base spans diverse functions and mediums, including domestic furniture for b.d. barcelona, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, & Tradition, and Magis; lighting fixtures for Parachilna, Metalarte and Swarovski; and sophisticated objects for Bisazza, Lladró and Baccarat. He has also executed complete interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments worldwide.
Jaime currently resides in Valencia, with offices in Barcelona and Treviso (Italy). His work has appeared in the most prestigious art and design publications worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including multiple Elle Decoration International Design Awards, included by Wallpaper Magazine in its “Top 100” list and recognized by the magazine as one of the most influential creators of the last decade, and lauded as a “visionary” and one of the most creative icons by Times magazine. Jaimie Hayon’s Collection II for Se’ is available through SwitzerCultCreative exclusively in Western Canada.
Steve Jensen For centuries, a tiny island near Venice called Murano has been synonymous with some of the most beautiful glass in the world. Today, designer Steve Jensen continues this tradition with his exclusive collection of lamps, chandeliers, and accessories.
Working with master glass blowers for extended periods of time, Steve personally oversees every phase of his collection. Color, scale, and proportion are carefully researched for each new production. Centuries old techniques developed only by the Venetians are employed to ensure that his work bears the unmistakable trademark of ‘Murano’.
Glass of the highest quality is meticulously handcrafted with 24 karat gold and other precious metals making every object in The Steve Jensen Collection not only beautiful but a timeless investment.
Steve is an alumnus of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and was selected to attend its European Honors Program in Rome. After graduating, he began a career in the glamorous world of European Haute Couture and worked with some of the most famous fashion ateliers in Rome and New York.
He created his first collection of Murano Glass over ten years ago and today his line is known throughout the United States as an industry standard for luxury glass.
“It is a great privilege and honor to work with the amazing artisans of Murano and help carry on the incredible legacy of this island”, says Steve.
Jason Klager has lived in Prince George, BC since 1995, save for a brief interlude in 2006 when he traded his life as flight instructor for the chance to more seriously reacquaint himself with one of the his erstwhile pastimes in the company of like-minded artists at Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking on the Sunshine Coast. He has returned occasionally as a guest lecturer and has been known to share his expertise in popular woodworking periodicals, otherwise dividing his time between painstakingly crafting sui generis furniture for clients and splitting pistachios with his family.
SwitzerCultCreative is very pleased to be working with Jason introducing the Folio Table Collection.
Damien Langlois-Meurinne is a Paris-based designer and decorator.
After starting his career in Christian Liaigre’s office, he was hired by the German fabric company Zimmer + Rohde to create an in-house furniture collection. In 2003, he set up his own firm, Agence D.L.M., and has since worked on a wide range of projects: offices, showrooms and several high-end residential commissions. Among them, a house in Saint-Tropez, a former artist’s atelier in Montparnasse, a flat in Megève and a 250m2 apartment on Paris’s exclusive Avenue Foch. Each time, his aim is not to impose a style. Instead, he imagines schemes that are finely adapted to the specific space, as well as to the needs and desires of each client. In 2015 he was one of just 12 highly respected architects and interior designers selected to create an interior for AD France as part of their ‘á l’avant garde du style’ exhibition at the Palais d’Iéna.
In September 2005, he opened a showroom in the Marais district, where he exhibits his own line of furniture and lighting. For Langlois-Meurinne, quality is of the utmost importance. He works with the best French craftsmen to produce pieces that are made strictly to order.
He favours the use of noble materials, such as linen, lacquer, bronze and solid woods (oak, walnut, sycamore, sipo).
Furthermore, he believes in creating objects, which do more than simply fulfil a function. They also have an intrinsic aesthetic value.
A Langlois-Meurinne mirror is not simply a mirror. It is also a sculptural object. “A successful design”, he says, “is one that is endowed with a touch of poetry, freedom and fantasy”.
Damien Langlois-Meurinne’s was recently commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create the ‘Totem Floral’ part of their limited edition accessories and furniture range. His work has been featured in a number of French and international publications. Among them, AD Germany, AD Spain, Elle Déco Japan, Decoration Germany, Eigenhuis Holland, Home Decor Singapore, Résidences France, Numéro France, Elle Déco France. Damion Langlois-Meurinne Collection for Se’ is available exclusively through SwitzerCultCreative for western Canada.
Iván Meade Born in Mexico, Iván has been working and living in Victoria BC, Canada since 1998. Iván’s extensive experience in interior, graphic, and industrial design has provided him with distinctive insight into the intricacies of fabric design, allowing him to create a line that is not only unique, but also precisely meets the requirements of interior designers and appeals to the most discerning tastes. One of Meade’s fundamental design mantras is a phrase his mother would often use: “Find luxury in what you touch every day.” This deep-rooted philosophy is revealed in the splendid textures and patterns of the new line.
The Iván Meade fabric line has been meticulously designed with the ability to integrate into other manufacturers’ inventory in addition to limitless combinations within the line itself. Depending on the project, the line can be re-coloured to work with a client’s chosen colour palette.
Iván also offers a specialized service, helping clients develop and produce their very own fabric lines. Whether it’s just one signature fabric, or a whole collection launch and branding, the design team is here to help clients expand their brand awareness and leave a unique signature in their projects or studio that no one else will have. The full textile collection is available for viewing at SwitzerCultCreative in Vancouver.
Jay Miron is a former professional BMX bike rider. In his legendary career he earned six world championship titles, nine X Games medals and invented over thirty original moves. After retiring from competitive riding, he switched his focus to a second career designing and building bespoke furniture. Jay spent two years studying under master craftsman Robert VanNorman at his world renown Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking before returning home to Vancouver to set up his studio. Jay now spends his days in the studio working on original, one of a kind tables and chairs as well as his limited edition signature pieces. SwitzerCultCreative is honoured to have been asked to represent Jay’s work.
Hagit Pincovici comes from successful family of designers and businesspeople, starting with her grandfather, who, in 1961, established Polycryl, a company that produced handmade plexiglass and simple daily objects. His son, Shimon, developed the company’s commercial relations with Europe and created a group of talented artisans, working in a well-equipped atelier. Growing up in this environment, Hagit decided first to become a designer, and then to integrate her many experiences and knowledge into a complete, design-based entrepreneurial adventure.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Hagit lives and works in Milan and Rome, Italy. In 2005 she received a bachelor’s degree in industrial design at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. For the following two years she served as design department director at international lighting and furniture atelier, Aqua Creations, in Tel-Aviv. She subsequently graduated from the Design Management and Cultural Experience program at Domus Academy and has been teaching at the Naba Design Academy in Milan since then. Hagit’s own work was exhibited in the group exhibition at the Triennale during the Salone del Mobile in 2009.
Since 2013, she has been collaborating with major Italian companies such as Colè and Miniforms, and her work has been featured in acclaimed industry publications such as Interni, Domus, Frame, ElleDecor, Abitare, and Forbes. Hagit is currently working on launching her new collection of unique furniture pieces exclusively for the North American market, exhibiting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC in 2014 and 2015. Renee Switzer is thrilled to have been selected as the exclusive distributor for Canada and the United States through the SwitzerCultCreative showroom network.
SkLO is dedicated to the idea of Craft, to the importance of the hand made object, to materials and workmanship of the highest quality. SkLO is a company and brand committed to, named for, and defined by a specific Craft tradition: Czech glassblowing. SkLO produces two collections: SkLO:OBJECT is hand blown glass accessories, SkLO:LIT is lighting featuring hand blown Czech glass elements. Our design philosophy is rooted in materiality and process. We believe in revealing the underlying nature of the materials and the way things are made, resulting in details that make each piece unique. We strive for subtlety, restraint, and beauty.
SwitzerCultCreative distributes SkLO: LIT lighting and SkLO:OBJECT accessories in western Canada through our Vancouver showroom.
Zanat Designers Behind every beautiful object there is a brilliant idea; behind every brilliant idea there is a source of inspiration. In Zanat, we see it our role not only to invite brilliant designers to work with us, but also to provide a source of inspiration. The passion we have for our craft, the thrill we have for trying new ideas, the ideals behind what we do and the friendliness with which we approach those we work with have never failed to be a great source of inspiration.
For more information about Zanat designers on the Zanat site.
Nika Zupanc Slovenian product and interior designer Nika Zupanc graduated with distinction from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2000. Since then she has gained a sterling reputation for a body of work that in her own words, “challenges the rational, sober and utilitarian by giving voice to the intuitive, eclectic and intimate”. In 2015 she received the accolade of Elle ‘Woman of the Year’ in her home country.
Nika’s acclaimed collection for Sé, is an extraordinary range of pieces based around the loose theme of the Olympics and sports clubs, including the Trophy table lamp and the ingenious three-sided Olympia dressing table. The collection received the Editor’s award for Best Furniture at the ICFF. Elsewhere, Nika has continued to build her portfolio to rising acclaim. A particularly well-loved piece of hers is the Lolita table lamp, produced by Dutch design brand Moooi, and in the last few years, Nika has become one of the most closely-watched designers at Milan Design Week: not just for her stand-alone products but also for her installations, including Love Me More, curated by Rossana Orlandi. She also made a Room of One‘s Own for Esprit Dior, and designed the atmospheric As Aperitivo bar in her home town Ljubljana – fantastic immersions into her design sensibility.
Nika’s pieces carry an emotional charge as well as being exquisitely finished. There’s a touch of theatre and Film Noir in her work, and somehow her pieces make the user feel like an actor. As for Nika, explanation is unnecessary. Her visual language comes from deep within and is about “communicating the things that cannot be told.” Collection III for Se’is available only through SwitzerCultCreative in Western Canada.