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.


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 the exclusive North American distributor for the AHRPA Collection.

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.
Eli Chissick, based in Tel Aviv, is an award winning designer and master craftsman. Chissick’s works have been exhibited in USA, Europe and Israel, winning numerous international design awards. Chissick’s passion for sustainable practice led to his most recent venture of recycled art “Wood-Con-Fusion”.

Each of Eli Chissick’s pieces of furniture in his “Wood-con-fusion” series tells a unique and magical story of transformation. Each table, cabinet and bench began its life as a seemingly useless pile of off-cuts on a carpentry studio’s floor.

With the multi-talented eye of an experienced designer, artist and carpenter, and a passionate belief in environmental sustainability, Eli is able to see the potential in the most unassuming pieces of fiberboard, veneer and Formica which would otherwise be relegated to the scrap heap. Nothing goes to waste as Eli collects and sorts these pieces and then presses them into sheets which he uses to create unique pieces of furniture of the highest quality.

When you purchase a piece from the “Wood-con-fusion” range you acquire not only a functional work of art, but one which is impossible to duplicate due to its history of inspirational sustainable workmanship.
Licensed in North America exclusively to SwitzerCultCreative.

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.
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.
Sholto Scruton established Sholto Design Studio in 2010 to thoughtfully design and build contemporary, long-lasting furniture.

Based out of Vancouver city centre, Sholto Design Studio is known for creating luxury bespoke pieces for private clients as well as limited edition pieces for design professionals.

Sholto studies how people use furniture and what details enhance the experience of everyday living. He works closely with discerning individuals, designers and architects to create exceptional, personal and practical furniture.

Sholto spent a decade working for furniture manufacturers designing and building luxury furniture before establishing his own studio and workshop in 2010. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design.

From April 2015 SwitzerCultCreative is the exclusive distributor for the Emerald Collection.

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.