BC Wood Member Spotlight: Mario Sabjlak Design

Posted by Rumin Mann
December 13th, 2010

This week’s Member Spotlight features Mario Sabjlak Design. Mario Sabljak started “Flavour Furniture” in a small shop in East Vancouver. “I was building limited edition hand crafted furniture. The name changed and the projects got a little bigger.” Six years later Mario Sabljak Design was launched. They now fabricate custom interiors for residential spaces in the Lower Mainland. They also design unique commercial settings, such as boutique retail store fronts, restaurants interiors, and still build limited edition furniture.

On Mario’s experience with BC Wood, he responds with:

“I met with David Pao and we had a great conversation about the benefits of joining BC Wood. I was really interested in exploring the design markets in different cities and David assured me that BC Wood was here to help promote my company. I just joined BC Wood this Summer and recently returned from Japan after doing Tokyo Designers week.

From day one, landing in Tokyo, Jim Ivanoff and Miho Ohashi were helping promote all of the Canadian designers. Those two really helped me get the most out of my first overseas trade show (and I can’t forget my interpreter “Mio” who helped out at my booth). I also had the pleasure of spending time with B.C.’s biggest designers: Brent Comber, Judson Beaumont, Martha Sturdy, and John Ross. They were all very helpful, engaging, and shared plenty of stories during our week in Tokyo. Going to Japan with BC Wood has introduced me to the right people and helped me plant a seed in a new market.”

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