The Design Questionnaire with Yanic Simard, Founder of Toronto Interior Design Group
In this edition of Love Happens’ Proust-style Design Questionnaire, join us for a peek inside the creative design mind of Yanic Simard, founder and owner of Toronto Interior Design Group (TIDG). From their home base in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Simard and his boutique team design luxury residential interiors defined by comfort, quality, and unique personality. Read on and be inspired!
A Peek Inside the Fabulous and Inspiring Mind of Yanic Simard with the Lh Design Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to contribute and enrich people around me; family, friends, clients, and team members alike…seeing their smiles and contentment. I truly believe, and live by the fact that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Perceptiveness. The ability to have this honed-in skill took decades to master, however it has contributed in making me into the man I am today. Life is all about perception and being able to read all the nuances in life. Perceiving situations in many ways is gold to me in this world.
What profession does your alter ego have?
Psychiatrist. I say it every day at work for good (and sometimes for sarcastic) reasons. People are extremely fascinating! That’s actually how I built my reputation with my boutique interior design firm: the ability to try my very best to understand the people around me and recognize their unspoken language.
The project you will never forget.
I love working with bursts of color, so this amazing Victorian house gave me the opportunity to push the limits with its classic base and urge for uniqueness.
Your favorite business tool or resource.
My surroundings: awareness is key for a designer. Everywhere you look, smell…everything you listen to, will most likely translate into a concept. This is how I put meaningful soul into Toronto Interior Design Group’s one-of-a-kind designs.
The most timeless design.
This is the concept my firm utilizes in each project, timeless. In a decade you can still walk in your room and gasp..I love it!!
The biggest design faux pas.
To force an unwelcome design element into a space just because “you must have it”. A space has to flow from one element to another, and for that, each design item (whether it’s architectural, furnishings or hardware) must live in correlation with each other. A great design is when it works and you don’t really know why. It’s when you notice everything and nothing all at the same time. Each design component in sync becomes one space.
Your design motto.
Investing in your home is investing in you. Your home (I know mine is!) should be filled with special memories to brighten your everyday life, especially now that the world is spending more time than ever at home.
If you were to design a room around one KOKET piece, which would it be, and why?
Drapesse Sofa. Because it reminds me of the pod seating at Plaza Athenee’s Alain Ducasse, a famous Parisian restaurant. Also, I adore cozy pieces of furniture in general.
Love happens when…
You allow your heart to be wide open to it.
Explore more beautiful work by Toronto Interior Design Group at tidg.ca.
By Anna Beck Bimba
All Photos Courtesy of Toronto Interior Design Group
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