DESIGN EXCHANGE NAMES FIRST EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION WINNER
Vancouver's Lukas Peet to Present Exhibition at Canada's Design Museum
TORONTO, Canada - January 28, 2014 - Design Exchange (DX), in partnership with RBC Foundation, is thrilled to present Canadian furniture designer, Lukas Peet as the first ever Emerging Designer Competition (EDC) Winner. Dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence, DX is proud to provide Lukas with an unparalleled experience for exposure in Canada. Along with a $10,000 monetary prize, Lukas will mount a solo exhibition, taking place from February 21 to April 1, 2014.
The Canada-wide search commenced in March 2013 and was whittled down to 13 finalists by a panel of renowned Canadian designers, including Sunny Fong (VAWK), John Tong (+tongtong), Philippe Meunier (Sid Lee), Omer Arbel (Bocci/Omer Arbel Office) and Patty Johnson (Patty Johnson Design).
The final review panel, handpicked by Design Exchange president Shauna Levy, comprised of three international creative business leaders: Douglas Coupland, Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer; Heather Reisman, co-founder of Kobo and founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo Books & Music Inc., Canada's largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer; and Marcel Wanders, co-founder of the successful design label Moooi.
The final review panel chose Lukas for his versatility in contemporary furniture design. Lauded for his lighting designs, Peet also produces desks, clocks, mirrors in metal, wood and fiberglass, and much more. The panel sees the potential for his pieces to transcend time� - future classics that join form and function and display insight far beyond his years.
"We were impressed by the breadth and diversity of Mr. Peet's work, as well as the fact that an impressive amount of it was carefully and beautifully considered from concept through to execution." - Heather Reisman, Indigo's Chair and CEO
The Canmore, Alberta native received his industrial design training at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Lukas divides his time between his studio, lukas/peet design, and his partnership in the new Vancouver lighting company ANDLIGHT.
"I appreciate that Lukas continues to have limitless energy and passion and ambition. So many talented designers in our region give up for one reason or another, perhaps even on a subconscious level. I don't believe Lukas ever will." - Omer Arbel, Bocci/Omer Arbel Office
Lukas' work has been widely published and exhibited across Europe and North America. His first product, a light for New York's Roll & Hill, launched in April 2012 during Milan design week, followed by the North American launch in May in New York. Called Rudi, the series of three pendant lights are made from bent metal tubes that hold handmade cold cathode lamps. The fixtures are available at Roll & Hill and in Canada, at Lightform.
"Congratulations to Lukas Peet. This competition creates a great opportunity for emerging Canadian designers to be recognized and celebrated," says Curtis Hitsman, RBC Regional Vice President, Downtown Toronto. "Our hope is that the competition can be a catalyst to professional success for Lukas and all aspiring designers".
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Under the direction of Design Exchange president, Shauna Levy, a main focus for the museum is making design accessible to the public, which is why the Caesarstone People's Choice Award (PCA) has been implemented in this competition. The PCA and final reviews are completely independent of each other but happened concurrently.
On October 31, 2013, all 13 candidates' work was posted on the Design Exchange Facebook page as a photo album and the public was encouraged to vote on a designer of their choice by 'Liking' their favourite. DX tallied the votes and is elated to announce product design studio, TREATY, as the Caesarstone People's Choice Award winner, whose work will be displayed at the museum alongside the jurors' selection.
OPENING NIGHT - FEBRUARY 20TH, 2014
Join Shauna Levy and the DX team in celebrating Lukas Peet on Thursday, February 20th, 2014, from 7 to 9pm. Meet the mind behind the award, as opening night sponsor, Collective Arts Brewing (CAB), serves chilled craft beer inspired by the talents of emerging and seasoned artists, musicians, poets, photographers & filmmakers.
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ABOUT RBC AND THE ARTS
RBC sponsors a wide range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support events and passions that resonate with our clients, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the RBC Emerging Visions Program and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment to the world's top public film festival - the Toronto International Film Festival�. As one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization, RBC employs approximately 80,000 full and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personnel, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.
ABOUT DESIGN EXCHANGE (DX): EXPERIENCE DESIGN AT CANADA'S DESIGN MUSEUM
Established in 1994, the Design Exchange (DX), a non-profit organization, is Canada's only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At a crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, DX exhibitions and talks are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture, while demonstrating the relevancy and importance of design to everyday life. Under the leadership of president, Shauna Levy, and a renewed strategic vision beginning March 2012, the DX has hosted renowned traveling exhibitions from prestigious cultural institutions across the globe, including Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Christian Louboutin retrospective from Design Museum London. With programming dedicated to providing and building design education and awareness from its downtown Toronto location in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building, DX attracts thousands of visitors of all ages each year.
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