Monday, January 23, 2017

I Survived Design Week - Should get a scouting badge, ha!

Now you know my 'Handy side' - check out my 'edgy side' -

Chapter 1 - I survived Design Week!

I want to thank everyone who came to the first ever IKEA Hackers Convention - it was a huge success. The venue was packed - at capacity - 


After the show, exhausted and hungry, I went to catch a bite at IKEA Etobicoke, and while I was browsing through the store - AND THIS HAPPENED FOR REALZ - a woman stopped me randomly and asked if I am 'That designer, the IKEA Hacker'....and I was like 'yea...that's me.'

And then! Even later at night - like at midnight! - I get an email from someone who told me that they attended my symposium and that I inspired him to create a meet-up and be more creative and start 'making' - GO! GO! GO!

I want to tell you - my dear readers! - sometimes, you have to be the first one to make the move, to do something, to organize something, to challenge yourself, to get creative! DO IT!

IKEA is here to help you! LOL! This is straight up from their AS-IS Sektion* - Look - 

Peace out....

Professional IKEA Hacker

*IKEA on words...see what i did there.....

******EDIT - this is where I am parking my last years 'Show Page' - ****************
Post show self-critique - 

I did it! I can't believe how successful it was! On the day of the event - the venue  - we were at capacity, people were standing outside, facility management considered turning people away. I had a piece on display - one of my favourites - available 4 sale!

People did not RSVP for the event - that was how you got your name in the draw to win a cool IKEA Hack. In the end everyone wrote their name on a piece of paper, crumpled it into a ball and threw it to the front - I randomly selected. We had a winner! We re-lived an 'Ingvar moment!'

YES! - the convention had an academic component - 'we will make Design history together', that's what I told Matt Galloway on CBC's Metro Morning. And we did - we defined a new Design Movement; we talked about its defining characteristics; we talked about its history, present trends and the future. 

The topic proved to be wildly successful with general public - Toronto Life, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio, CBC Television, shared across social media platforms - it was informative, it was entertaining - it was everything I wanted for it to be. 

BIG EDIT:  We will Live Stream on Facebook! 
So maybe you don't live in the design metropolis that the city of Toronto is, but you still want to be a part of this cool show? Consider it done! I will be Live Streaming this event on Facebook! You can join me, and likely other people from around the globe, who are big fans of IKEA Hacking but cannot be here in person. 

YouTube Video here - watch the video here!

Chapter 1 - I've got 2 hours to change the world - that's the other title. 

I'm ready for it. On January 22, 2017 join me for a first ever IKEA Hacking Symposium. It's going to be exciting!

Here is the link to the official listing! I am part of the ToDo 2017 Design Festival! 

Who should come? 

Anyone who shops at IKEA, and likes it there.*

You will never look at IKEA the same way. I guarantee it. 

Did you ever get a sense of empowerment when you saw an image of a cool built-in, and you found out that it was an IKEA hack? 

'Yea! I can do it.' 
'Or, I could attempt to do it.'
'Or I can hire Karol, to do it.'

I am laughing, but it is true. It's that accessibility, that hands on creative urge that people get - even assembling and installing your own kitchen. How intimate is that? Imagine how well you can connect to your space - a lot of my clients tell me how much they would like to get into a trade - hey! here is a quick fix - assemble your own kitchen, or use that SEKTION box for a floating 'mid century' built-in [I will show something like this at the show; there are countless images of these things on-line]. 

I got RSVP's from variety of people - I got some lay folk, just amateurs, do-it-yourselfers; but I got some responses from the professional crowd [hear! hear! good price points, great looking results, short timelines]. I think there is even media - come on down! spread the word! I make it look like a million buck$. 

I am even considering sending a formal invite to IKEA Canada - this is part of their history too. 

Remember! RSVP! That's the only way to get your name in the lottery draw for a cool hack! It's important that you do that because that part of the show! 

It's gonna be smart and it's gonna be funny! I will show you what is possible - I will bring examples! I will open your eyes to the world of IKEA. Together we will re-live one of the greatest moments in furniture design history. Yea! For real. 
'I was blind, and now I see'. 

There is going to be a give away - that's right if you RSVP and are in the audience when your name is called than you win a cool IKEA Hack. It's a more luxurious version of the my own personal one, the first one I ever made, before I knew I was going to be an IKEA Hacker  - aren't you curious what piece of furniture you can win? 

It's gonna be performance design - like a performance art, but better! 

The venue is awesome - the Assembly Hall, North Room - in the best part of the city of Toronto, the New Toronto, right by the lake, right off Lakeshore. It is fully accessible, AND the Hipster 501 TTC Red Rocket - the 501 Queen Street streetcar - will deliver you almost to the door - how convenient is that? You have no excuses not to attend. RSVP as soon as you read this - the venue is legally rated for 65, but I can't have that many chairs set-up because I will be showing some things in the back. 

We will have Starbucks coffee and some Costco muffins - you know why? Cause Starbucks coffee is good and Costco muffins are an awesome deal! 

What else? Yea, read the listing - click the link above - it gives you some idea of what to expect. 

And if you got some extra time on your hands, or are curious about what other things I do - like my fiction or illustrations than you can click the other link there -

Ciao! and see you in January! 

*After the talk is finished and you had your chance to ask a question you will likely be hungry - you know what's a good place to eat that's not too far away? IKEA Etobicoke - just 9 min north of there by car, or you can take UBER. They are constantly changing up the menu - cheap and good food.