We have brought together an amazing group of guest speakers for IDSwest 2014 - join us on the Livingspace Design Stage and the Gray Conversation Stage!

Livingspace Design Stage

The main Livingspace Design Stage will be the source location for inspiring and educational keynote lectures from local and international experts in the design industry.

At IDSwest we are excited to host an esteemed group of designers and design industry professionals on the Livingspace Design Stage for both CEU accredited keynotes and breakout sessions and consumer trade talks.

Bertjan Pot – Meet the Man Behind the Mask

Celebrate 10 years of IDSwest with Bertjan Pot on the Livingspace Design Stage. Best known for his Random Light, Dutch Designer Bertjan Pot creates interior products showing a fascination for techniques, structures, patterns and colours.

Bertjan Pot was born in 1975, Nieuwleusen, The Netherlands. After graduating from the Design Academy in 1988 he started working under the name ‘The Monkey Boys’, together with Daniel White. In 2003 Bertjan continued his activities under the name ‘Studio Bertjan Pot’, which is currently located in Schiedam. Bertjan designs mostly interior products. He is fascinated by techniques, textures, structures (often textiles), patterns and colours. Material research is the start of almost every product. His technical interest and creative fantasies are pushing the boundaries of Industrial production. Alongside a lot of self initiated projects and pieces Studio Bertjan Pot is working with companies and Institutions such as Moooi, Arco, Goods, Montis, Feld, Gelderland, Established & Sons, Alturo Alvarez, Richard Lampert, Domestic, Moustache, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the AUDAX Textielmuseum Tilburg.

Matt Carr – Umbra Shift

Matt’s passion for design was first sparked when he interned at Douglas Cardinal Architects. He went on to study at Humber School of Industrial Design, where he received an ‘All-Canadian Academic’ award for scholastic and varsity achievements. An integral part of the Umbra design team since 2001, Matt has contributed more than 150 designs to their product line. His work has been featured multiple times in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Surface Magazine, I.D Magazine, Met Home, Monocle, and Living Etc. Matt is compelled to create product that balances business and imagination. Subtle details, an appreciation for imperfection, and the reinvention of traditional objects are distinguishing features of his designs. As Director of Design, Matt oversees a global design department headquartered in Toronto.

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson is an award-winning designer, known around the world for jaw-dropping transformations that turn ordinary spaces into magazine-worthy rooms with an incredible wow factor. Known for creating innovative, award-winning design solutions that speak directly to the goals and tastes of a contemporary audience, Sarah is the host, co-creator and co-producer of four celebrated HGTV series that are watched by fans all around the world, in over 100 countries. Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House (and Sarah’s Cottage), and Sarah 101 are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.

Amanda Forrest

Amanda has built a dynamic, successful design career through positive, productive relationships and thoughtful solutions that define each project. Known for her strong ability to lead a team of expert designers and talented craftspeople, Amanda takes a fresh, sophisticated approach to design that’s vibrant and modern, yet classic. Amanda prides herself on an enduring style that meets the demands of her clients’ daily lives while building relationships that often transcend the design project.

Billy Halpern

The ” DESIGN GURU © “ A.K.A Billy Halpern is the Creative Mastermind behind both Billy Halpern Designs & W Home, his infamous Home Furnishings Collection. Since his debut on the Design Scene almost a decade ago, he has made his mark on an array of projects featured globally in both print and television. Whether it’s a Landmark Hotel, a Celebrity Estate or a Suburban Family Home each project gets the same WOW factor attention to detail and end result.

Cheryl Torrenueva

Cheryl’s radiant on-air presence has allowed her star to rise in the USA and around the world. She has spent the last 3 years working in the USA hosting various pilot episodes, design producing for HGTV USA’s Secrets From A Stylist, with her work featured on The Rachel Ray Show and having the opportunity to meet The First Lady, Michelle Obama in the flesh.

Andrew Pike

Andrew started Andrew Pike Interiors in 2004 and is currently the Senior Design Director. Andrew Pike Interiors provides design services for residential and commercial spaces, as well as corporate events and product representation across Canada, the United States, and overseas.

Alykhan Velji

Alykhan has been involved in the design industry for ten years specializing in both residential and commercial design. Alykhan has appeared on shows such as HGTV’s “Designer Superstar Challenge” and CTV’s “The Marilyn Denis Show” and has recently launched a new furniture line called Salvage. Incorporating both current and classic trends, he ensures that he creates original and timeless designs.

Kimberley Seldon

Kimberley Seldon enjoys and international reputation as a designer, journalist, keynote speaker and broadcast personality with 20 years in the public eye. Kimberley Seldon has also built a community of interior design professionals that gather in real time, anytime, for professional development, CEU credits and expert knowledge on everything from building a contract to the realization of a successful design project.