Chief Creative Officer & Owner
Hanae spent the first 10 years of her career dedicating herself to social innovation, occupying leadership positions in organizations at the top of her field. In 2016 she unexpectedly found herself entering the world of furniture design after a brain injury forced her to stop everything she was doing.
The design process and incessant tinkering brought so much joy and creativity into her life that she knew she had to pursue furniture making as her new career. Hanae founded LALAYA Design in May 2017. Her work has been featured at Toronto's Interior Design Show and in FASHION Magazine, AZURE Magazine and Designlines Magazine.
Virgil Baruchel is a Paris born artist and is now living and working in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited works in Canada, France and the USA. Virgil & Hanae have collaborated on several designs together, including the CUTUCÁ bench and the TICO coatrack.