The Chairish Podcast
What Makes Toronto Such a Design Destination?
Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America—and one of the most stylish.
Three designers based in the city—Colette Van den Thillart, Cynthia Ferguson, and Louise
MacDonald—weigh in on why they love Toronto, how its many different neighborhoods
shape their work, and the increasing sophistication of their clients. But they also address
the unique problems—from shipping complications to import duties to the reams of
required paperwork— that can make working in Canada so challenging.
Crafting the New Closet: Why Glamour and Luxury Are Essential
Proper organization and storage are crucial to any successful home. But storage has gone far beyond the utilitarian. Luxury closets have become potent fantasies for clients and stars on social media. Creating spaces for everything from an array of Hermès handbags to a hand-made carbon fiber bicycle is an opportunity for designers to dazzle their clients—or disappoint them. How can you satisfy the demand for luxury organization? Three closet designers—Lisa Adams, Melanie Charlton Fowler, and Maria Castro—reveal their secrets for transforming overlooked spaces into useful assets, ingenious ways to upgrade existing storage spaces, and why closets are quickly becoming the most glamorous room in the house.
Collaborating as a Couple — How Do You Bring Out The Best in Each Other Creatively?
The collaboration between architect and interior designer is crucial. At its best, it can push both to new heights. But creative differences, miscommunications, budget disputes, and client conflicts can all complicate this intense working relationship. And how much more fraught is it when the architect is married to the designer? Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Katie Ridder, a couple who often collaborate, discuss the importance of clarity and communication, how valuable it can be to see a challenge through a different set of eyes, how they minimize mistakes, and why you should never make the client a mediator between two creative visions.
The Year Ahead: Trends to Banish, Trends to Embrace
Trends are inevitable. If anything, the pace of what’s in and what’s out seems only to accelerate. It’s harder than ever to keep up—and to distinguish the best of what’s new. Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of LA-based Studio Life/Style, and San Francisco designer Jonathan Rachman joins Chairish's VP of Merchandising, Noel Fahden, to look at the trends likely to shape interior design in the year ahead. Is this the year when open floor plans and open-shelved kitchens lose their appeal? Will granny chic reign? Will bouclé be banished? Is terracotta the next color obsession? The experts weigh in and reveal why there’s likely to be a floor lamp or a footstool in your future.