Author Archives: Natasha ARORA

IKEA and The Embrace of Design Democracy, Part 3

Showtime at the Interior Design Show (#IDS11). There was plenty of energy to go around as I pranced across the packed exhibition floor eventually to find my way to Booth 926. Enter the Democratization of Black. As is commonly believed, … Continue reading

IDS11 and Prototype Design

Breezing through the exhibitor listing for the Interior Design Show (#IDS11), I stumbled upon the work of furniture designer Jean Willoughby. Amazing work—tactile, textured and titillating, whimsical and pragmatic work. I got all that from simply visiting her site. How … Continue reading

IKEA and The Embrace of Design Democracy, Part 2

IKEA is solutions at your fingertip. IKEA is a quick fix (usually). IKEA innovates but also creates anew. IKEA is democracy embraced. IKEA is pretty cool–for all these reasons, and oftentimes, if the queue is not long a commercial transaction … Continue reading

IKEA and The Embrace of Design Democracy, Part 1

Three syllables, four unique letters spelled out in capitals, universally recognized and easy to pronounce: IKEA. The company comes by its name from the initials of the founder’s name, farm and village. Oh IKEA. What are your magical powers? A … Continue reading

The Walrus Foundation Gala Auction

My attendance on the fundraising circuit in Toronto resumed in mid-January 2011 where I volunteered as a silent auction assistant at The Walrus Foundation Gala held at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District. The collective Canadian voice of writers … Continue reading