The founder and Creative Director of DwellStudio Christiane Lemieux studied art history and fashion design before setting up shop in 1999. The Canadian native is inspired both by travel (most Canadians are; it's so cold up there they're always on the road in search of sun), literature, the art world, and anything and everything to do with design, from flea markets to estate sales, design magazines to reality television.
Lemieux's most important role - also an endless source of inspiration - is that of Mum: to Isabelle, William, and Jake, the big lumbering lab who commutes to the office with her every morning. Seeing the world through the eyes of her kids and attempting to balance adventures around the globe with stability at home has helped Lemieux refine and redefine what DwellStudio stands for - and though juggling the roles of parent, spouse (she happens to be married to her business partner Josh), and working woman is a challenge, it's one she adores. DwellStudio was born as Dwell Home Furnishings, in 1999. Founder and Creative Director Christiane Lemieux, a veteran of the worlds of fashion and home retail, wanted to offer the discerning customer a range of vibrant and modern textile designs. Soon after, Lemieux was joined by Jennifer Chused, now Partner and VP of Sales, and Joshua Young, Lemieux's husband as well as the company's President and CEO. The company quickly gained a devoted following and established itself as the most innovative brand in the bedding market. Thus, the collection grew - eventually encompassing everything from tabletop to baby and kids accessories.
Marked by a signature use of color and a sincere commitment to the highest quality, the DwellStudio name is synonymous with adventurous design and impeccable construction. In November 2007, the company was reborn as DwellStudio, an overarching brand to unite the various lines focused on bedding, baby, children and tabletop. Now a decade on, the company continues to evolve, pushing the boundaries aesthetically and tackling new design challenges each and every season, though it remains one of the most trusted names in the home market. Jake has been the DwellStudio office mascot (and second employee) since inception and kept Christiane company when she was the solo employee. He is 12yrs old and still comes to work every day and has graced the cover, inserts and back pages of many home & baby catalogues. He makes the rounds in the office each day to beg for breakfast and then lunch.