Interview with Ivan Meade

Article by Michelle Heslop. Photos by Jody Beck.

Where did your fascination with design begin? I was very fortunate to grow up in a family with a strong appreciation for the arts and beautiful design. One of my aunts was a well-renowned interior designer in Mexico and a major influence on my passion for design. I have been designing for over 20 years and have been principal of Meade Design Group for the last 15 years.


Can you expand on the type of work you do beyond interiors? We are a multidisciplinary studio that works with graphics from branding to web design. One of our strengths is the design and manufacturing of textiles. Also, we recently launched a fair trade/organic chocolate collection so we were able to design all aspects of this product launch internally. We are basically a one-stop-shop with a very strong team.


How would you summarize good interior design? Starting from the layout of your space, good design can have a significant impact on your lifestyle, and in turn, change your life. At Meade Design Group we approach design with function first, aesthetics next. We like to debunk the myth that our industry is all about overpriced glamour and demonstrate how we can work within your budget to bring a sense of calm and order to your space.

How do you think your online presence has impacted your business? Social media has given us a voice globally and the opportunity to showcase our multidisciplinary designs. I started blogging a decade ago and have now interviewed more than 200 of the best international designers. Our online presence keeps viewers up-to-date on our latest news. For instance, just today I received a call from someone in Montreal wanting our chocolates because he saw a shared Instagram post from a designer who promoted our product to their 30,000 followers. The power of social media.


What is your current mantra? Health: One day at a time. Personal: As I ride the wave, I inspire others. We rise by lifting others. Business: Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

What is the most coveted design object in your own home? My great great grandfather’s wedding presents to my great great grandmother — an incredible book and a miniature painting of Napoleon’s son who tragically passed away at the time of their wedding. The book includes a romantic letter and was given to my great great grandmother during their honeymoon in Paris circa 1847. The book contains over 100 individual etchings that have inspired me many times.