People.Product. Place.: John Gidding, Steel Space & designboom mart

PERSON: John Gidding gives design an international perspective

John Gidding

Designer and TV host John Gidding shares his expertise with viewers on the popular HGTV series Designed to Sell and Curb Appeal: The Block. Born in Istanbul, John developed an early enthusiasm and aptitude for art and math. He attended American schools in Turkey and Switzerland before moving to the United States to attend Yale University, where he graduated with a BA in architecture. He later attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for a master’s degree in architecture.

After graduation, John continued his love affair with design and globetrotting by working on architecture projects around the world. He worked for a number of prestigious architecture firms and honed his sense of landscape and urban design, before establishing his own company John Gidding Design Inc. in 2005. The company is based in New York, with a second office in Atlanta.

In 2007, John joined the Atlanta team of HGTV’s Designed to Sell, as well as HGTV’d and Curb Appeal. He currently serves as host and designer on Curb Appeal: The Block. John divides his time between San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Geneva.

John Gidding joins us for Globe Style Saturday January 26 at IDS13.

PRODUCT: Steel Space creates a world of possibilities

Steel Space SP20

Steel Space Productions aims to revolutionize the event and retail industries. The company’s container-based design combines technology, architecture and design, offering its clients a box with the ability to convey a unique brand experience.

Steel Space containers can be transformed into anything from a pop-up boutique, tradeshow booth to a restaurant or VIP lounge and bar. Steel Space Productions build every unit to be self-sufficient, containing electricity and water, and can be outfitted with Wi-Fi, 3D projection, holograms, touch screens, interactive furniture and LED screens. Steel Space’s previous clients include Nestle, Budweiser, Ford, Kia, PlayStation, Virgin Mobile and Bell.

The SP20 container will be featured in the How Do You Work? concept spaces at IDS13. Measuring 24 feet long by 24 feet wide, the 10-foot-high unit provides the ideal setting for the design teams to showcase their ideas of today’s workspace.

Steel Space Productions is a proud supporter of How Do You Work? at IDS13.

PLACE: designboom mart comes to Canada for the time

designboom mart

The designboom mart is widely recognized as the first-ever design bazaar, combining high-profile design with a popular street market setting. designboom marts are an unprecedented opportunity to meet young avant-garde, emerging designers from around the world as they display their work. Thirty design talents from almost as many countries exhibit over 200 objects, from household itemsand accessories to small furniture items and lighting objects. Visitors then have the chance to purchase unique items for an affordable price, directly from the designers themselves.

For the first time ever, the designboom mart will be in Canada at IDS13. Designed by Toronto-based Arc & Co. Design Collective, the theme of the space will revolve around the concept of raw, reflecting the raw talent of the designers. The space will utilize raw forms and be filled with raw materials, from the exposed frame of the walls to the unconventional use of existing materials, creating the perfect backdrop for the unexpected designs that will be showcased.


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