who we are:

Renee Switzer,  has more than 25 years of management experience in the high-end furniture design industry. Her passion is to build and maintain business relationships between the designer, the craftsman and the client. Her expertise focuses on honouring these relationships, allowing each part of the team to create their success. In addition to her family, personal passions include the satisfaction of growing organic food and learning how to live a lifestyle that respects the environment.

designers

Peter Cardew,  has been practicing Architecture in Vancouver for 30 years. His firm’s work emphasizes quality and innovation rather than any particular building type and has been recognized through numerous international awards and publications.

Peter has also lectured on his work throughout Canada and the US, South America, Europe, Hong Kong and Australia. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University in Seattle.

In 2012 Peter received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal, the Highest honour awarded annually to an individual for services in architecture.

SwitzerCultCreative is proud to introduce the DOVETAIL table series under the Barter brand, designed by Peter Cardew and made in British Columbia, Canada.

IMU Chan As an emerging designer, IMu engages his work in search for the inherent substance of things, and how their inner qualities can act upon one’s physical and emotional experience with spontaneity and immediacy. IMu founded FSOARK in 2011, a design studio that focus on space making through a broad spectrum of creative undertakings. IMu Chan designed the CONNECT Table collection for Barter.
Douglas Coupland,  is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel in 1991 was “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture”. He has published 13 novels, a collection of short stories, 7 nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies. He’s designed several works of public art throughout Canada, designed a furniture line produced by Pure Design in 1999 and a fashion collaboration with Roots Canada in 2010 consisting of clothing, furniture, art, sculpture, retail spaces, and an installation in the Colette boutique in Paris. In January 2013 the “Writer’s Nook” furniture collection was introduced at IDS 13 in Toronto by SwitzerCultCreative.

Sabina Hill,  is passionate about creating work that celebrates the Pacific Northwest. Born in Vancouver, BC, Sabina is inspired by First Nations imagery, which is deeply-rooted in Pacific Northwest regional culture. Sabina graduated in architecture from the University of British Columbia and in environmental studies from the University of Manitoba, preceded by a Foundation year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. After founding her studio in 1993, she began to connect professionally with the First Peoples in 2000, as she sought to create works with a distinctly regional design aesthetic–envisioning a collaboration with those who have been bringing the spirit of the land to surface through art for thousands of years.

Sabina, in collaboration with aboriginal artists, creates original custom furniture, art and installations, which merge the rich mythology of West Coast native culture with a contemporary design aesthetic. She skillfully integrates Native motifs into her work creating a unique, contemporary expression. Her work tells a visual story rooted in First Nations iconography, presented through contemporary design, materials, and an aesthetic informed by her artistic and architectural education.

Jess and Nicolas Meyer, operate their design studio with an integrated workshop in Roberts Creek, Canada. Their love of exploring everything new, their passion to create, and lifelong exposure to various countries and cultures drive this couple’s growth. Their award-winning studio has earned international recognition for unique designs, precision work, and a focus on sustainability long before “green” became popular. The shop is the key to their hands-on approach. Here the Meyers manufacture limited runs of top-end furniture, sculpted pieces, and custom kitchens. The two-storey structure, faced with glass, also functions as their laboratory, where they sample ideas and develop prototypes for clients, along with bringing to life the studio’s own designs. Their work has been shown around the globe and featured in blogs, books, and magazines across North America and Europe.Jess Meyer was born in Taiwan and raised in Singapore and Iran before moving to Canada. Her creative drive, education in fashion design, business, and finance, as well as thirteen years in bank management, form the cornerstones for running the studio with her husband. Born in Germany and raised in Switzerland Nicolas was influenced by his parents’ profession and interest in architecture, construction, art, and design. He later trained in Switzerland in design and apprenticed as a fine furniture maker. After immigrating to Vancouver, he worked for renowned companies such as Spearhead Timberworks and Kurt Sander Ltd before leaping into his own venture.
Art Paul, has witnessed British Columbia transform and evolve over his 83 years and continues to do so. As a 7th generation Canadian, he is deeply connected to this landscape and its people; valued as an important member to every community he has lived in. Working in Forestry for much of his life, Art has contributed to the shaping of our forests and has knowledge of our native trees that is unparalleled. His appreciation for local resources and intuitive approach is evident in every piece he creates and we are so fortunate for his collaboration and mentorship. Designed by Art Paul, the Gather Blocks are being introduced under the Barter brand.
Kenneth Torrance, is a multi-disciplinary designer living in Vancouver, BC. His process is rooted in a strong connection to the origin of the materials he uses: the connection between the clay and the mountains they came from; the journey from a tree, to a log, to a table. Formally trained as a graphic designer, Kenneth approaches objects and space as compositions designed to complete one another and, above all, believes that love for the craft, and respect for the materials, should guide his every design decision. In March 2014 SwitzerCultCreative introduces the Revolve Collection under the Barter brand.