who we are:
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. “What drives me is the opportunity to help talented designers gain success in the market.”
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.”
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.
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.
Neal Aronowitz Design was founded in 2014 and with just a few powerful and iconic pieces of furniture and lighting, has rapidly won notable acclaim in the international design world. The focus of the studio is the design and fabrication of highly sculptural, hand crafted bespoke furniture and lighting.
Aronowitz’s debut piece was the Whorl Coffee Table, which won international notice including a feature in Elle Décor and was the recipient of a People’s Choice Award at the AZ Design Awards, sponsored by Azure Magazine. The Whorl Coffee Table was the first offering in what was to grow into the Concrete Canvas Collection. This innovative table was made of Concrete Canvas, a patented concrete-impregnated fabric rarely used in furniture design. Concrete Canvas is a new material that allows concrete to be used in radically innovative ways. The flexible, concrete-impregnated fabric hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof and fire-resistant concrete layer. It reduces the environmental impact of concrete applications by up to 95%. New casting and forming techniques were created to achieve the table’s ribbon-like structure. Aronowitz continues to be the only designer worldwide developing and working with this unique material.
The second piece in the Concrete Canvas Collection was the Whorl Console which won a Gray Design Award for furniture design, sponsored by Gray Magazine. Among the judges were Philippe Starck and Ingo Maurer, who announced the award saying, “It’s an incredible achievement – the studies he undertook, his enthusiasm for the material, his persistence in following his vision, and, of course, the shape. It’s a very nice product. I would like to have one.” In 2017 Aronowitz made his first foray into lighting with the Boro Boro Light, a dynamic and exuberant Chandelier which won second place in the LAMP International Design Competition in Vancouver BC. The studio has progressed with more innovative lighting sculptures, including the Boro Boro Floor Light. The work of the studio continues with a passion for daring forms, material experimentation, and simple beauty. Describing his aesthetic, Aronowitz says, “I am drawn to creating handmade, sculpturally evocative forms utilizing natural materials that express dynamic movement and forces.”
is very fortunate to have collaborated with award winning global designers.
Salih Teskeredzic renowned Bosnian designer with offices in Vienna and Sarajevo. He has exhibited at important European fairs and received local and international awards for his work.
Michael Schneider founded designschneider in Cologne and moved to Berlin in 2009. His firm is dedicated to design and trend research. He has an international client base and is committed to designing new products which are unique, beautiful and functional.
Karim Rashid has received more than 300 international awards for his work in the fields of fashion, interior design, furniture, lighting, art and music. Karim Rashid is one of the most influential and significant designers of our time.
Zoran Jedrejcic is an industrial designer from Split with Italian background. He works from his own studios in both Milan and Belgrade and has designed products for world brands such as 3M,Dada Cucine, Fratelli Guzzini and others.
Ruder Novak-Mikulic and Marija Ruzic are part of a group of young Croatian designers who started working together while studying design in Zagreb. Their works have received international acclaim and received prestigious awards.
Ado Avdagic designs furniture and interiors from his studio avado.ba focusing on organic shapes that contemplate the relationship between men, nature and form in space.
Grupa is a renowned Croatian design trio founded in 2004. They work in product and set design and have collected a number of awards for their work, including one from the Croatian Designers Society.
Amir Vuk Zec is a renowned Bosnian architect who also works as a set designer, interior designer and product designer for thirty years. He is the founder of the New Way architect studio.
Gabriela Bellon is an Argentinean architect and interior designer who established her career in her native Argentina and in Germany before moving to Sarajevo where she is engaged in furniture design and production.
Says Who is based in Denmark. The duo of Nikolaj and Kasper are passionate about Scandinavian design. They develop furniture for international brands and manufacturers.
Studio Gud is a project of designers Alexandre Kumagai and Paulo Neves, a design collective based in Portugal.
Producks, founded by Yoav Avinoam and Gil Sheffi in 2012 is based in Tel Aviv. Their work has been exhibited around the world and varies from furniture to mass produced products.
Find out more about the artisan designers on the Artisan site.
Evoke drama. We are designers and craftsmen, disrupting the modern home with dramatically contemporary furnishings, built from the finest wood in the world.
This is the mantra of Autonomous Furniture, led by Kirk Van Ludwig, the designer and leader of the contemporary design and build furniture company founded in 2013. Known for West Coast contemporary design, Autonomous Furniture is in a class of its own, challenging the standards of modernity with refined lines and mixed materials that heighten the sophistication and drama of any given piece.
All furniture is sustainably sourced and made in British Columbia, Canada.
is an award winning designer and master craftsman based in Tel Aviv. 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.
stands for the collaboration between Italian architect Federico Minarelli and Dutch architect Julie Janssen, who both studied at the University of Florence where they obtained their master’s degree in Architecture. Their broad interest for everything design-related has brought them to graduate with a thesis in industrial design while already working in the field of architectural renovation and, in Julie’s case, also active in film and television production design. Since 2009 their main focus has been on their full service architecture studio in Florence, specialized in interior design. It was from the successful experience of working with local artisans when custom designing furniture for their clients, that the idea for their own line was born, in which to express their very personal style and love of fine craftsmanship. Fred&Juul renew traditions by using traditional customs and techniques from the past while applying fine Italian craftsmanship to contemporary design. The brand explores the possibilities of producing designs that are versatile and elegant while being exclusively handcrafted by local artisans from traditional materials. Fred&Juul’s design philosophy is aimed at sustainability and contrasting the throw-away society by creating pieces that will last, both for their exceptional quality and for their timeless appearance. SwitzerCultCreative is proud to be the exclusive distributor for Canada.
Friends & Founders
was founded in 2013 by ida linea & rasmus hildebrand. Their work is based on contemporary design with strong focus on architecture, art and craft.
The designs take influence from a Scandinavian heritage in terms of quality craftsmanship and the idea of surrounding oneself with fewer, more essential things. By way of ensuring a product’s longevity and utility Friends & Founders strives to find new materials and methods of design.
“We want people to understand that it’s worth investing in innovative, contemporary furniture where multi-functions are built in, thinking about how to expand the use of the product. Also where the manufacturer has thought about sustainability in designing and producing objects that will last,”
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.
is a fine arts–trained designer living and working in the secluded woods of East-Bolton in southern Quebec, Canada. Illustrating a conversation between the fabricated and the elemental, Simon creates one-off and limited-edition pieces of sculptural furniture and lighting. His work is a product of observing and living with the pure and raw shapes of his surroundings. The unaltered physical traits of primary materials are harnessed to evoke the emotions one feels in their presence. Using a variety of materials as vocabulary, he plays with their capabilities in mimicry, having them reference or reflect each other in precisely crafted poetic compositions. The outcome is work that is imbued with a sense of contemplation, as if we are to evaluate our connection to our own environment.
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 to promote the Folio Table Collection as well as developing a collection exclusive to SwitzerCultCreative.
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.
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.
Compulsively building since she was a child, Mary Ratcliffe grew up in her father’s workshop and has been a maker of things all her life.
After attending the Ontario College of Art & Design, and working at a number of Toronto studios, Mary went on to establish her creative practice in 2013, consciously launching M.R.S in 2018.
Mary’s work has an elegant toughness. Her work is imbued with a love for the yin and the yang, the feminine and the masculine, the soft and the rough. To say that ‘it’s in her blood’ is an understatement, it’s also on her clothes, under her fingernails, and quite often on her face.
design studio was established in 2013 to create objects based on artistic expression. MTHARU comes from creative director Sumer Singh's family name, meaning sword hilt maker going back to 500 years of artists, blacksmiths, poets, and authors. Since inception, the studio has grown into a full scale design and materials research lab with in house fabrication and international distribution.
The philosophy at MTHARU is deeply rooted in constant innovation, both digital and physical, with the current focus on post-digital practices and what defines this genre. While simplicity and minimalism is appreciated, the studio is more drawn towards complexity because it makes us spend more time with the design and create novel solutions. Sumer Singh's background in Art, Engineering, and Architecture, brings the studio at a unique crossroads focused on technical yet free exploration of ideas. This is propelled forward using science and the de-contextualization of groundbreaking research from other disciplines into an Architectural and Artistic platform for the creation of new work.
The design studio has evolved from a purely expressionist form of making to a more inquisitive and active state of exploration. The current body of work involves using narratives situated in a post-digital critique of historical practices with the application of unique materials.
Born in the UK, Nicholas has spent most of his life in the US and Canada.
Originally trained in graphic design, it is this experience with proportion and scale which distinguishes Nicholas’ work. Pursuing his other love of woodworking he spent a short time at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and then went on to study furniture making in the UK under renowned master furniture maker David Charlesworth.
Nick established his studio in 2000 and is now considered by many as one of Vancouver’s most gifted furniture designer/makers. The main focus of Nicholas’ work is bespoke furniture for discerning clients and a very special collection of inspired designs available through select showrooms.
founded her eponymous bespoke luxury furniture and lighting atelier in 2014. Known in her earlier work for a rich color and material palette, and a devotion to the geometric forms found in modern art, Hagit has established her practice as one of the foremost among her generation of designers. Since 2019, Hagit has turned her attention to nature, inspired by the botanical forms and striking landscape of her native Israel. Materiality has always played a strong role, from an initial focus on marble, brass and lacquer to a more recent exploration of sandstone and cast aluminum. Her signature clean lines balance out these ‘softer’ materials, highlighting the relationship between the experimental and functional found throughout her oeuvre. For each handmade piece, Hagit collaborates personally and directly with a family of artisans in the heart of the furniture district of Brianza, outside Milan.
Hagit 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, Italy. She is a graduate of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and Domus Academy in Milan. Hagit’s own work was exhibited in the group exhibition at the Triennale during the Salone del Mobile in 2009.
She has been collaborating with major Italian companies such as Colè and Miniform, and Baxter, work for whom she won a Wallpaper* Design Award in 2019. Her work has been featured in acclaimed industry publications such as Interni, Domus, Frame, ElleDecor, Abitare, and Forbes. Renee Switzer is thrilled to have been selected as the exclusive distributor for Canada and through the SwitzerCultCreative showroom network.
Isac Elam Kaid creates work through material and process experimentation. His practice is based on exploration itself, to create an ongoing dialogue of meaningful work. This dialogue seeks answers in form, material meaning and process. Isac grew up in the Canadian Prairies, surrounded by the natural world. Whether as direct influence or a grounding source of inspiration, a constant companion is a relationship nature.
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.
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.
Monica Forster is the creator of some of the most internationally renowned objects in contemporary Swedish design today. Her studio is based in Stockholm and she works with international brands such as Alessi, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau. Monica designed items for the Bosca Line for Zanat.
Harri Koskinen has an uncompromising, bold design aesthetic that has gained him international renown since the early days of his career. He founded his design agency Friends of Industry Ltd. in 2000 and is involved in product, concept and exhibition design. Harri Koskinen designed items for the Bosca Line for Zanat.
Gert Wingardh graduated as an architect SAR/MSA in 1975 at Chalmers University of Tecnology in Gothenburgh. He founded Wingardhs in 1977 which today employs more than 150 people. Notable projects are the Swedish Embassies in Berlin and Washington DC. He has won many awards for his work and is the five time recipient of the highest Swedish Architectural award, The Kasper Salin Prize. Gert designed products for the Bosca Line for Zanat.
Sara Helder graduated as in interior architect SIR/MSA in 1997 at HDK in Gothenburgh. Together with Ger Wingardh, she is responsible for the interior design of the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC., Aula Medica at Karolinska Institutet and the recently opened Hotel Clara. Sara designed product for the Bosca Line for Zanat.
Salih Teskeredzic the most influential product designer from Bosnia. He is a tenured Professor of product design at the Sarajevo Arts Academy, founded and managed an independent architecture and design studio in Vienna and in Sarajevo. Salih designed products for the Manulution Line for Zanat as well as award winning designs for Artisan.
Jasna Mujkic teaches product design at the Arts Academy in Sarajevo. In addition to her teaching career Jasna is an active product designer with a special interest in furniture. She was the first designer who collaborated with Zanat on the modernization of its hand-carved motifs and their application to products of modern design. Jasna designed products for the Manulution Line for Zanat
For more information about Zanat designers on the Zanat site.
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.