Totem Design Co.

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TOTEM + JAN KATH

We are excited to announce that we are now working with and representing JAN KATH in Toronto. JAN KATH is one of the most influential rug designers in the world today. To learn more about the JAN KATH collection > CLICK HERE


We build things, design luxury handmade textiles and collaborate with like-minds. We harmonize craftsmanship and logic with art and passion. We are a design duo. Hunting and gathering worldly treasures, we work together to create a beautiful contemporary world.
— YVAN + ROBYN , Founders of TDC.

Yvan Semenowycz and Robyn Waffle aligned in the spring of 2013 launching a new rug design company unique to the Canadian market. With over ten years of collective experience in the industry the pair saw a need for a bold, collaborative take on rug design.

In just four short years YVAN + ROBYN have honed in on a succinct formula for cultivating their design aesthetic. Robyn's ability to illustrate and create freely is complimented and enhanced by Yvan's pragmatic approach to design. They define their working relationship with two words: VISION + ACTION.

Launching in January 2014 at Toronto's Interior Design Show, Totem Rugs propelled YVAN + ROBYN to international acclaim for their contemporary designs. Working from the Jan Kath Toronto Studio in the Junction, the husband-wife team design carpets for international corporate accounts and luxury area rugs for residential homes. They work closely with the Jan Kath design team in Vancouver and Germany, as well as their talented weavers in Nepal, India and Thailand to bring their bespoke creations to life.

Recently re-branded, Totem Design Co. specializes in rug and textile design while exploring new product development, interior styling, contemporary artwork and creative direction. YVAN + ROBYN work together to push boundaries in textile design, and they collaborate with like-minded creative professionals to develop innovative rug collections and contemporary artworks that will stand the test of time.


AWARDS

DesignLines Loves Award 2013 | Herman Millar Juror's Choice Award 2013 | DesignLines Loves Award 2014


EDUCATION

Yvan Semenowycz | Bachelor of Industrial Design | OCAD University, Toronto ON Canada

Robyn Waffle | Bachelor of Fashion Communications and Design | Ryerson University, Toronto ON Canada


EXHIBITIONS

Fan Expo 2013 | Interior Design Show 2014 | Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2014 | Interior Design Show 2015

TORONTO DESIGN OFFSITE 2017 | COME UP TO MY ROOM 2017



PRESS

AZURE MAGAZINE | TORONTO STAR | BLOGTO | CHATELAINE MAGAZINE | DESIGN LINES | NATIONAL POST | TORONTO LIFE
 W I R E D | THE GLOBE AND MAIL | MARILYN DENNIS SHOW | CITYLINE | GIZMODO