“Since I was a little girl, I always had something in the back of my mind: shapes”
says Julia De Zorzi, designer behind our Medley Collection.
Growing up in Milan, Italy, the world’s capital of fashion and design, it’s no wonder Julia felt the urge “to create” before she even knew the meaning of designing.
With a degree in visual merchandising and one in design, coupled with an appetite for renovating & decorating apartments, Julia jumped on the opportunity to move to Canada to become a furniture designer.
“I feel the most productive depending on my surroundings: people, place, buildings, even music. Movement is my inspiration”. Through her position at CDI Furniture, Julia has been able to travel around the world to get inspired and be in touch with the factories producing her designs. The best advice Julia has ever received was to “design each piece thinking of its functionality before its beauty.” At CDI, she found a way to balance her eccentricity with functionality. A challenge that wasn’t always easy for her: “It’s hard for me to control my creativity and bring my designs back to simplicity”.
When asked what CDI Furniture product she is the proudest of, Julia De Zorzi says the best is yet to come. Stay tuned for “Odd Chic” and “Sanaa”, collections designed with a flow of creativity by Julia. She got inspired in a dream and “boom!” she interpreted it into designs.
Bonus question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

“Honestly, I would be black. It goes with everything and can be interpreted in many ways. People think it’s a sad color, but it’s not true, black can be seen in a happy environment. It also evokes deep emotions to me: mystery, rebellion, elegance and strength.”
About the Medley Collection:

Julia’s primary inspiration for this collection came from a barn she visited during a staycation up North in Quebec. Each piece is unique, bringing together a medley of acacia slats in different textures and colors, ranging from cream to light brown and dark wood. Table legs, chair arms and cabinet fixtures recall the bold metal hinges used on antique barn doors, adding a touch of the past to a collection that fits seamlessly with any style.