Interior Designer Turned Quirky Jewellery Crafter – Ania Trica

Thinking of famous polymaths, I always wondered how someone could know and do so much with what they’ve learnt. I have been repetitively told that the design education is diverse and could teach you skills that will help you in the creative industry. I definitely don’t doubt it- I’ve been countlessly surprised to how many have designers have diverged from their original education.  I’ve met a fashion-turned interior designer, architectural devotee to an avid game developer, and lately, an interior designer turned eccentric jewellery guru.

Meet Toronto based interior designer/jewellery maker, Ania Trica who owns this Etsy shop online called gum jewellery.

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The Psychology Of A Designers’ Workspace

Hello readers! My name is Crystal Yung and I am a new contributor to the OnahJung blog and marketing assistant for Studio Jonah. I am an architecture student studying at the University of Waterloo. The feature image (at the top) is our first year studio. (Photograph is taken by my classmate, Lisa Huang).

I graduate next year so I’ve been exploring the design industry. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to gather experience in varying work spaces through my co-op education.

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Architect’s Guide To Working On (Mostly Reducing) A Construction Budget

Often, when someone realizes I am an architect, their first reaction is to immediately ask me, “what’s your fee?”

The budget is unavoidably the most frequently asked question asked of the architect: ‘are there enough allocation of funds for the project?’ or ‘are the expenses going to cover what I want in the end?’.  It happens whether it is for single family renovations or designing a whole new condo building.

All the differently worded questions all lead to the same answer- where there is a will there is a (cost-saving) way!

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The Ace (AKA The Tree) In The Hole

Previously featured is Studio Jonah’s residential project, Herman Avenue. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out. This post features the exterior space of Herman Avenue in spirit of warmer weather and patio evenings!

To recap, Herman Avenue primary focus was to design for prospective buyers. Most architects are familiar with the term, “form follows function” but what happens when you don’t know the function? So what could end up dictating the design? Turns out for this outdoor space, it was a tree.

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Year Of Design In Review : Geometry, Fabrication and Colours, Oh My!

Four months into the New Year, I’d like to reflect on last year’s interior design trends. Like everything in the industry, design is like fashion, one moment it’s totally in, and the next it’s out-dated. So, here’s what I’ve noticed was ‘IN’ for the year 2015.

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Designing For The Ambiguous: Everyone & Anything

What is the meaning of design if not to cater to a specific client? But what happens when the client is EVERYONE, ANYONE and should be open to ANYTHING?

Herman Avenue is a renovation project, recently completed by Studio Jonah , that demonstrates exactly that situation. Nearly a century old home, it was in desperate need of a renewal. The main goal was to sell for the client, so the outcome had to be exactly what they (whomever they may be) wanted and needed.

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A Safe Street? With A View?

My father recently gotten into an accident and I have been visiting him at Sunnybrook Hospital. In order to get there I walk on Bayview Avenue. The street intersects with a lush forested ravine, Sunnydene Park. On my one side, its vibrant foliage and a crisp stream; on my other side (just half a meter away!) is a busy and loud two-way traffic road.

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