FALL 2018

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Help us win the RADO Star Prize!

We are honoured to be one of four finalists for the RADO Star Prize, a design competition sponsored by RADO and Interior Design Show Toronto. This makes us eligible to win a $5,000 prize to help us produce the prototype salt shaker we applied with, which will be exhibited at IDS next January. We could also win the jury prize if you vote for us! (Please do). 

The theme for this year's competition was Design Inspired By Nature. PLASTIC-TOC––our salt shaker––is a creative commentary on the devastation that plastic pollution wreaks on the earth’s oceans. Its shape mimics an oil rig (where plastics originate) and is made with a mix of concrete and shredded multi-coloured plastic from a custom-designed shredder. The holes at the top of the salt shaker form a figure eight signifying the eight million tons of plastics dumped into oceans (and salt) yearly. The goal of the design is to inspire a conversation about the state of our "natural" environment while offering a micro-example of a solution to combat plastics pollution.

LALAYA Design was commissioned by Ontario Place to design one of their Winter Lights Exhibit this year. This is our first foray into the world of landscape design and art installations and we couldn't be more proud of the result.
You can see our work on Ontario Place's west island until March 2019. 

SHADOK & AYÊ inhabit a surprisingly delicate and beautiful concrete universe. Though they are next of kin they can’t seem to get passed their minor differences. The way they face/ignore each other is meant to “bring to light” and simulate the sorts of discussions we seem to no longer be willing to engage in, in a world as polarized as ours.

We invite you, the viewer, to imagine the sort of conversations these specimens might be having and the ones you are perhaps avoiding in your own life. You can read more about the exhibit in this recent article by AZURE Magazine.


How cool is this? Our AYÊ lamp featured in print in the August/September issue of Interior Design Magazine!


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We are thrilled to announce that Scavolini Toronto has invited us to set up a pop-up shop in their beautiful Castlefield Design District showroom!

It is a true honour to collaborate with such a like-minded company. With a design sensibility that favours the unique and handcrafted, Scavolini Toronto is proud to showcase Canadian makers - providing the ideal one-stop shopping destination for interior design needs. 

Come pay us a visit at 1330 Castlefield Ave, Toronto, M6B 4B3.

LALAYA Design made its US debut this May 2018 at Wanted Design's Launch Pad in New York City. The Launch Pad is a unique platform for up-and-coming designers and small design brands seeking manufacturing and distribution partners. This event is juried by industry professionals who award Best of Launchpad prizes to the most promising furniture and lighting designers.

In a room full of talented designers hailing from all over the world,  our delicate cement lamps stood apart and caught the attention of this jury, led by Karen Hong (Design Within Reach), Giuseppe Butti, CEO (Luceplan) and Marva Griffin Wilshire, (Salone del Mobile Milano).  LALAYA Design won the prestigious Best of Launch Pad prize in the lighting category!

Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk interviewed Hanae Baruchel after winning the Best of Launch Pad prize at Wanted Design. Learn about some of LALAYA's techniques and influences here

For a closer look at WantedDesign and a quick peak of our booth check out this video (0:35) published by Interior Design Magazine.

We also got great press coverage from Darc Magazine and Intramuros (in French)!

We are honoured that AZURE Magazine chose to feature us in their "Best in Show" section about Toronto Design Week 2018! You can read the full article online or download a PDF version of if here.

We are proud to have donated one of our AYÊ lamps to the  Design Exchange 's annual fundraising auction to help make design education accessible to thousands of children, teens, vulnerable youth, adults and newcomers across Toronto.

We are proud to have donated one of our AYÊ lamps to the Design Exchange's annual fundraising auction to help make design education accessible to thousands of children, teens, vulnerable youth, adults and newcomers across Toronto.


AZURE Magazine, Canada's top design publication, canvassed the city during Design Week and highlighted the top 5 emerging talents, including LALAYA Design at the top.

From January 15 to 21, Designlines Magazine was awarding 100 Designlines Loves tags to the most beautiful, most innovative, and flat-out wackiest stuff they encountered. LALAYA Design made the cut on Day 1!


LALAYA Design's founder, Hanae Baruchel, was interviewed by FASHION Magazine in the lead up to Toronto's Interior Design Show. Read all about it here


LALAYA Design made its debut on national television when Karen Kang, director of IDS Canada, showcased our AYÊ lamp alongside icons of Canadian design like Yabu Pushelberg.

FALL 2017

Thank you to all those who came out to our official launch party on November 3, 2017 at Annie Aime. The amount of joy in the room was palpable! See for yourself.