JennAir Canada is launching a brand-new, three-part virtual program — Modern Luxury: The Event Series! With a focus on thought-provoking design topics, each event will spark meaningful dialogue about modern luxury’s evolution, new design trends and what will shape the industry over the next year and beyond.
For the first instalment, taking place on September 14, 2021 at 3pm ET/12pm PT, renowned interior designers Aleem Kassam, Ali Budd and Stacey Cohen will (virtually) gather for an hour-long panel discussion focusing on “The Market for Mindful Design,” moderated by Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Editor in Chief at Azure magazine. The expert group will highlight the importance of mindfulness when it comes to creating physical experiences that are multi-functional, balanced and uncluttered. The talk will include an interactive Q&A session open to guests.
Join us in conversation to uncover the importance of mindful interactions surrounding physical experiences, with design at the core. Learn how to adapt multifunctional spaces into a harmonious core of activity, through planning with consideration for the space and all its functions. Engage with the panel of experts on creating balance in the home through the influence of organization, colour, texture, and decor. Discover de-cluttered and de-stressed design strategies with greenery, natural light and deliberate décor decisions.
“The world has changed dramatically, especially the way we spend time together, and our houses should reflect that,” says Ali Budd. “Your kitchen shouldn’t be tucked away – it’s the star of your house, a combination of function and beauty where everyone wants to gather.”
JennAir design expressions RISE and NOIR are also part of creating a holistic kitchen experience, with distinctive luxury kitchen appliances that push form and function to transform spaces. With exceptional performance, masterful execution, and provocative design, JennAir offerings are powerful, yet bespoke to individual tastes, shattering norms to deliver the progress that today’s luxury consumer deserves.
Aleem Kassam – Principal, Kalu Interiors
Aleem started his path in Interior Design in 2004 by obtaining a formal education at the Art Institute of Vancouver. He soon found himself with a desire for adventure and furthered his education abroad at the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain a Bachelors Degree of Interior Design & Sustainable Interior Architecture. He then attended the Domus Academy in Milan for Hospitality Design and the school of Central Saint Martins in London for Retail Design. This Global perspective inspired Aleem’s taste for design and personal style.
Ali Budd, President and Creative Director, Ali Budd Interiors
Ali earned her B.A. from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and followed with an Interior Design Diploma from The International Academy of Design, Toronto. After graduating, she honed her skills at large architectural and interior firms as well as boutique studios, mentoring under some of Canada’s leading design minds. She opened Ali Budd Interiors in 2010 and has worked on multi-million-dollar projects with professional athletes and influential business leaders across North America. Now in its 11th year, Ali Budd Interiors is one of Toronto’s most sought-after design firms — their spaces have been featured in Architectural Digest, ELLE Décor, Vogue, Domino, and recently, on the cover of House & Home.
Stacey Cohen, Principal Designer, Stacey Cohen Design
Driven by her passion for designing functional and sophisticated spaces to live, work and grow in, Stacey established Stacey Cohen Design in 2010. Beyond materializing her client’s vision into a reality, Stacey believes in providing the finest solutions to improve not just the aesthetic of a space, but the quality of work and living environments. With her skilled team of industry professionals at her side, she uses her meticulous approach to redefine the lifestyle and design experience one project at a time. As the creative backbone of the firm, Stacey draws from her education at the International Academy of Design & Technology, as well as her unique and bespoke aesthetic, to ensure that the design outcome is thoughtful, functional and as unique as the client.
Elizabeth Pagliacolo, EIC at Azure
Elizabeth Pagliacolo is Editor in Chief at Azure. A National Magazine Award–winning editor and writer, Pagliacolo has reported from international design fairs, covered major architectural projects and interviewed the leading lights of contemporary design. She has also participated on design juries in Toronto and New York. In 2017, she was the Director of Programming of the EDIT Festival, presented by Design Exchange in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.
When: September 14, 2021 at 3pm ET/12pm PT
The series kicks off with “The Market for Mindful Design,” an AZURE-moderated online talk about the evolution of the kitchen – starring interior designers Aleem Kassam, Ali Budd and Stacey Cohen – on September 14 at 3pm ET