NEWS FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS | ANNUAL EDITION 2007 | www.idibc.org
Message from the President
Best of Show
Electronic Arts Canada
IDIBC A History in the making
01 | MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Written by Judith Horvath, RID IDC, Interim President IDIBC
I AM SADDENED TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW THAT PRESIDENT
Jim Toy is on an extended medical leave. We all wish Jim a
complete recovery and a speedy return to his work and IDIBC.
As a transition measure, the IDIBC Board appointed me as interim
President at the Board meeting on February 21, 2007. I am happy to
say that there is a great team with lots of experience on the Board so
the business of IDIBC is in good hands. I would like to thank everyone
who offered their support and assistance during this transition.
The year started off with a flurry of activities to confirm sponsors
and signing up new ones. The Sponsorship Committee did a fantastic job by finalizing all sponsor commitments by mid January.
This was crucial because sponsors play a key role in our delivery of
programs. We recognize their generous contributions by acknowledging them at the IDIBC Awards of Excellence and Design
Northwest. We greatly appreciate all our sponsors’ support. We
want to thank the Sponsorship Committee for their hard work.
Another big thank you and congratulation is in order to the Awards
and Events Committees for delivering a fantastic Awards event this
year. It was a great venue, with good food, wine, company and fantastic design. Congratulations to all the designers who entered their work.
The booth at Design Northwest was also a wonderful success;
we had lots of people stop by to chat. We also want to thank Inform,
one of our Silver Sponsors, for the loan of their furniture - it sure
was an eye-catcher. We had students expressing an interest in joining IDIBC, suppliers offering to volunteer, and a number of new
sponsors signed up in those two days.
And it doesn’t stop there. The AIBC has graciously offered their
gallery space to showcase the designs entered for the Awards of
Excellence. The opening night of the Exhibition was March 1, 2007,
after which the show was open to the public for a month. This was a
great way to see all the fantastic work submitted by our members.
Thankfully, spring is upon us. I sure am ready for it. I always
feel renewed energy at the signs of spring. I am looking forward to
a busy next couple of months of work, school (the dreaded Code
course) and play and encourage everyone to come out to events,
volunteer and support your association. We have a wonderful
design community so get involved as we only get better by
Happy spring everyone. IDI
02 | DETAILS 2007
LIGHTING FOR THE AGING EYE
WITHIN A DECADE THE BABY BOOMERS IN CANADA WILL REACH THE AGE OF 65 AND OUTNUMBER CHILDREN.
TRENDS IN SOCIETY SHOW THAT THE AGING POPULATION’S DEMAND FOR LIGHTING PRODUCTS WILL
INCREASE OVER TIME.
THROUGHOUT OUR LIFETIME, OUR VISION CHANGES AS OUR
eyes age. Newborns lack the visual ability to distinguish between
fine details- but our vision evolves. By the time you are a young
child, your eyes’ ability to focus on close objects is at its best.
Unfortunately, this gradually declines and makes fine tasks such
as reading more difficult. Colour discrimination is at its pinnacle
until the age of 25. The speed at which the eye is able to adjust to
varying light levels tends to also decline with age.
Visually appeasing environments where attention is paid to proper
indoor and outdoor lighting aid in minimizing vision impairment and
distress caused by glare. Individuals undergoing the early stages of
crystalline lens or cataract formation may experience veiling glare.
This type of glare is experienced when light is scattered within the eye
inhibiting one’s vision, even in favourable environments.
The following tips should be heeded in order to achieve a
setting that enhances visual performance as well as a level of
comfort for older adults.
• Avoid extremities in lighting contrast. A single light source in
a work or living space is least desirable as it may provide
too high a contrast.
• Pathways to rooms that require being brightly lit should
have a lighting plan that gradually accustoms the eye to the
• The selection of luminaries should be done with sensitivity to
brightness & direct glare issues.
• The area surrounding a task should be well lit but no less than
a third of the amount on the task area. The remaining area can
be lit to as little as one fifteenth of the main light source at
the task area.
• To avoid reflected glare, television screens, desks and furniture
should be arranged so that bright direct or reflected light
sources are out of the visual field.
Applying these concepts is vital to facilities such as offices, hospitals,
community buildings, and residences in order to provide the most
comfortable setting for older adults. IDI
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IDIBC BEST OF SHOW:
ELECTRONIC ARTS CANADA
ELECTRONIC ARTS (EA), THE WORLD’S LEADING DEVELOPER AND PUBLISHER OF INTERACTIVE
ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE, CHALLENGED THE PROJECT TEAM TO DESIGN THE NEXT GENERATION
OF HIGH PERFORMANCE WORK SPACE FOR EA’S GAME DEVELOPMENT STUDIO EXPANSION.
Written by Lara Pisicoli, BID Associate AIA RID, MCM Interiors Ltd.
“IF THE EA PHASE I BUILDING COMPLETED IN 1999 WAS
version 1.0, then the new Phase II studio building is to be version
4.0”. The design concept is inspired by EA’s business of game development and draws parallels between elements that are just as important to creating interactive video games as they are to creating architecture and design: Light, Movement, Colour/Graphics/Pixelization,
Scale, Super reality/dreamlike, Texture and Nature.
The Phase II building is a total of 175,000 sq. ft. The ground floor
includes shared campus amenity spaces; RecrEAte a Fitness health
& wellness center, complete with a NBA regulation sized gymnasium,
“Think Tank” a Lounge/café with Starbucks coffee bar, classroom
style theatre for 175 people, Conference centre & EA University training facility, as well as a catering kitchen. The four floors of game
development studio comprised of a variety of workspaces; meeting
rooms, collaborative breakout areas, EA’s concept art display walls,
Audio rooms, Video edit rooms, and daily testing rooms. The Phase
II building has also been designed to incorporate environmentally
responsible solutions and meet LEED Silver requirements for New
Construction (Process for certification underway).
The design concept and themes were integrated, and articulated
throughout the interior design of the studio. Each floor highlights one
of the themes through the use of finishes, materials, lighting, Art
Graphics and specialty designed workstations located in key focal
point areas on each floor.
LIGHT: It was important that the design of the interiors provide a
sense of change, allowing the studio environment to feel just as
cool at night as it feels during the day, coming alive at night with
special lighting effects, back-light art and graphics.
MOVEMENT: How people circulate through the studio environment
was an important design consideration. Views through the Atrium,
bridge links, and experience along the Atrium “streets” are exaggerate by the sightlines and activity of people moving through the studio.
Finishes also display patterns with movement, and speed.Colour,
Graphics, Pixelization: Digital graphics become pixelized when scales
change. Large scaled art features are incorporated into the interiors to
create focal points. Art created by one of EA’s own artists is applied to
the Atrium glazing, and spans four storeys through the building. Along
the Ground floor, Artium “street” Art was selected for it’s sport theme,
and sense of movement is mounted on back-lite acrylic lightboxes.
The Think Tank Lounge/Café is filed with vinyl text graphics of inspirational quotes about innovation, creativity and challenge.
TEXTURE: The finishes, textures and patterns selected for the
building emphasis the themes of the project.
SUPER REALITY: The scale of Art and Graphics, and the lighting
effects in the Building create the exaggerated drama and dreamlike
quality in the space. IDI
04 | DETAILS 2007
Written by Katarina Litva, BA BID RID, CEU Chair
THERE ARE SOME NEW PROCEDURES PERTAINING TO THE CEU
portfolio. Following is an update with the recent changes to the board
at the CEU level for both the National and Provincial positions. Evelyn
Heywood was the past Provincial CEU chair for IDIBC, and at the
same time she held the National chair position. Since Evelyn’s departure in December Katarina Litva has taken over the provincial chair
position and the National chair position has been taken over by Sue
Gravelle from ARIDO. In order for IDIBC members to obtain CEU
recognition by NCIDQ an IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) course
number is required. This course number is assigned by the National
chair once a course has been approved by the National CEU committee. As the National chair is no longer in BC the time line for
receiving approval from the National level is longer as there is a formal process that needs to be followed. Please be aware that the
Provincial CEU chair and committee are working with the National
CEU representatives to ensure we have accredited CEUs offered in
BC. Your patience is appreciated as the provincial chair transitions
into the new position. Please read the IDIBC eblasts for new CEU
courses and presentations being offered. And in the mean time,
there are several on-line sources available for CEU credits that have
been approved by IDC, such as…
• American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
• Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario
• International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
• Interior and Sources Magazine
• Continuing Education Series (Select CEUs from this series are
reprinted in Design Quarterly magazine)
• National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ):
NCIDQ monograph series can be ordered on-line
• Metropolis Magazine Continuing Education Program – New as
of December ‘06 IDI
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Written by Jennifer Kurtz, BID RID, Awards Chair
LIKE MOST THINGS, THE EFFORTS THAT
you put into something - be it a project,
preparing a gourmet dinner, an Awards
Event, whatever the case may be- is usually
relative to the end result. The 2006 Awards of
Excellence were tremendously rewarding for
me. No, I didn’t win an award, but the sense
of accomplishment and being part of a great
team putting in countless hours of hard work
was more than worth it.
While our submissions for the Awards
this year was on the low side, the quality of
the work submitted was of very high caliber
as noted by the judges and local design critics. The ticket sales were very successful for
the Awards Gala, which was held on
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at the
Paramount Theatres. We had a fantastic
turn out for the event.
Appetizers provided by Peake of Catering
and cocktails set the stage for a great
evening. Russell Porter and Deanna Hayko
entertained us in Paramount’s Theatre 4.
Champagne and chocolate awaited us as we
left the Theatre and continued the celebration. Thank you Paramount Theatres and
Earls Restaurants, for donating the “Dinner
and a Movie Door Prize”.
Thank you to our Judges this year,
Beverly Barrett, Trevor Kruse and Bruce
Wardrope. Thank you everyone for supporting the 2006 IDIBC Awards of Excellence,
and a huge thank to you to all of the volunteers who contributed their time and efforts
towards putting together a great event,
especially Kerri Shinkewski, Kim Dodge,
Kim Soper, and Kasia Zaleski. Thank you to
those who have set such a high standard for
the Awards in the past, it has made this
experience much smoother.
Also like most things, no experience is
without its challenges, and there is always
room for improvement. We welcome your
input. Should you have suggestions as to how
to make the Awards better or what you would
like to see changed, please email your comments to [email protected] and the information
will be forwarded to the Awards Committee. IDI
The New Year has been exciting for Member Events and the action keeps going. Design Northwest was a great success. Thanks in part
to our beautiful furniture (Thank you Inform), and location (Thank you Design Northwest) our booth attracted a lot of attention and questions. We had a lot of brochures available and our knowledgeable volunteers were always happy to answer questions about our association. It was a wonderful meeting place with a lot of networking and story swapping about the previous nights Awards Party taking place.
Coming up this spring we are proud to present, in conjunction with AIBC and BC Wood, the D.V. Mountain Pine Beetle Project. There is
an OPEN CALL TO DESIGNERS. We are looking for eight designers who will design and produce consumer facing, or architectural applications, from MPB wood. The wood will be supplied to designers in the form of dimensional cut stock and veneers that will be supplied by
BC Wood. Each project will be displayed at two separate events; Design Vancouver 2007 (May 4-6 at Canada Place) and an AIBC Gallery
Show (Dates T.B.D.). For more information please contact [email protected] Deadline for open call is March 14th, 2007.
Summer Party – June 28.
We are fast approaching one of our most popular events - the IDI Summer Party. Last years event at Hycroft had overwhelming attendance.
Once again the IDI, along with our platinum sponsor, Light Resource, are proud to host the summer party but we are switching things up
a little this year. There is a new venue, a new theme and a new night - June 28. We encourage you to invite new potential members, sponsors and existing members to join us in the fun. Please watch for your save the date card in the mail for more details.
Kasia Zaleski, BAID. RID.
V.P. Member Events
06 | DETAILS 2007
IDIBC A HISTORY IN THE MAKING
IT SEEMS THAT THERE’S SOMETHING IN OUR WATER THAT’S BEEN AFFECTING BC INTERIOR DESIGNERS.
OR MAYBE IT’S THE MOUNTAINS, THE OCEAN AIR, THE HOLES IN THE OZONE LAYER.
Written by Sharon Bloedorn, Solofusion
YOU SEE, OVER THE LAST 56 YEARS,
IDIBC and its members have pioneered a
number of “firsts” in the Interior Design
scene in a manner that is disproportionate
to most other chapters in North America.
Rifling through the archives of IDIBC
unveils a humble yet determined history.
Stemming from a desire to band together in the name of solidarity, recognition and
support, the dawn of IDIBC can be dated
back to 1950. Early newsletters served as
one-page bulletins, typed on what must
have been a Smith-Corona or an Olivetti.
The initial agenda seemed earnest but
quaint, with invitations for Beer and
Cheese Parties and the occasional marriage announcement. This congenial
charm was more a sign of the times than a
lack of professional ambition, however.
In 1955, the Institute launched the first
Interior Design forum at the Vancouver
Hotel, an exposition of the newest and
greatest in Interior Design. In 1967, with an
attendance of over 10,000 people, the
forum won “Best Community Project” at
the international American Symphony
League Conference held in Los Angeles.
Chosen over 200 submissions, the win was
IDIBC Circa 2006
the first coup for an organization that would
target legal and professional recognition for
many years to come.
Not one to demand their cake and eat
it too, IDIBC supported community events
like goodwill ambassadors on too much
caffeine. From the Vancouver Symphony
and the Women’s Auxiliary, to the Beta
Sigma Phi Sorority and The Vancouver
College of Art (now Emily Carr Institute of
Art and Design), they championed Interior
Design in many cultural forums, supporting
other organizations along way.
There are some who would argue that
Western Canada is the younger sibling to
Eastern Canada. Not IDIBC. Back in 1964,
they decided to take matters into their own
hands. Responding to the growing interest
in the formation of a national organization,
they hosted a conference in Nelson, BC, of
all places. Delegates from Alberta and
Manitoba showed up. They then wrote to
Canadian Interiors magazine, (repeatedly),
whose editor voiced the support of a national organization, to offer their solidarity and
request information. IDIBC delegates were
then invited to a conference, this time in
Toronto. They attended with great excite-
IDIBC Circa 1957
ment, and finally, in 1972, IDC (Interior
Designers of Canada) came into fruition.
Next on the agenda was qualification,
where BC turned to The Big Apple. The
National Council for Interior Design
Qualification (NCIDQ) was incorporated in
New York in 1972 to serve as a basis for
issuing credentials to Interior Designers; to
qualify to write the NCIDQ exam, designers
required specific education and work experience. In 1974, BC was the first province
to join the organization, along with Ontario.
By 1982, more than half of IDIBC’s membership voluntarily took the examination
and passed. (Currently 60% of all IDIBC
members have NCIDQ accreditation.)
IDIBC members have also taken on
their share of leadership roles, nationally
and internationally. Over a quarter of all IDC
Presidents have been IDIBC members,
(more than any other province in Canada).
In 1985, Catherine Youngren was the first
Canadian (and female) President of NCIDQ.
Not bad for an organization that modestly calls itself “a dedicated bunch.” So,
maybe it’s the yoga, the rain, the sushi. Or
maybe it’s all the espresso. Whatever it is,
I’m having what they’re having. IDI
DETAILS 2007 | 07
THANK YOU TO ALL BRONZE SPONSORS
Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
Applied Electronics Limited
Banner Carpets Ltd.
Beaulieu Commercial (Canada)
Benjamin Moore & Co. Limited
BL Innovative Lighting
Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd.
Cascadia Design Products
cd/m2 LIGHTWORKS corp.
Cloverdale Paint Inc.
Colin Campbell & Sons Ltd.
Commercial Electronics Ltd.
Crown Wallpaper + Fabrics
Dragonfly Surfaces Inc.
East India Carpets Ltd
Erv Parent Group
Euro Ceramic Tile Distributors Ltd.
Forbo Flooring NA
FREESTONE International Industries
General Paint Corp.
Henderson Creative Carpets Ltd.
Heritage Office Furnishings Ltd.
Holmes & Brakel (BC) Inc.
Homestead Insurance Agencies Ltd.
Hudson Furniture Inc.
Hunter Douglas Canada Ltd.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Debbie Evans (reinstated)
Tracy Collins (reinstated)
Sonja Norton (reinstated)
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ICAN Tile Distributors Ltd.
Joel Berman Glass Studios/Berman Glass Editions
John Peachey & Associates
Julian Ceramic Tile Inc.
Lees Carpets/Bigelow Carpets
M. R. Evans Trading Co. Ltd.
Miller Thomson LLP
Olympia Tile International Inc.
Pamas Slate & Stone Supplies Inc.
Resource An Interiors Company Ltd.
Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre
Salari Fine Persian Carpets
Snowcap Lumber Ltd.
Spring Air Mattress/Restwell Sleep Products
Steelcase Canada Ltd.
Stone Tile Pacific Ltd.
Sunburst Shutters and Blinds Ltd.
T.O.R. The Office Resource
Taymor Industries Ltd.
Tierra Sol Ceramic Tile
Tritex Fabrics Ltd.
Weavercraft Distributors Inc.
Westport Mfg. Co. Ltd.
William Switzer and Associates Ltd.
Window Works Ltd.
08 | DETAILS 2007
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CREATIVITY PASSION VISION 2006
WORKPLACES, TOTAL: 01. Project: Electronic Arts (Canada) Inc.
Campus Expansion | MCM Interiors Ltd. | GOLD WINNER | BEST OF
SHOW 02. Project: Vancouver Office | Proscenium Architecture +
Interiors | GOLD WINNER 03. Project: Canada Green Building
Council Vancouver Office | Penner & Associates Interior Design Inc. |
SILVER WINNER 04. Project: Canada Revenue Agency Call Centre |
Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd. | SILVER WINNER
HEALTHCARE FACILITIES 08. Project: UBC Oral Health Centre |
Karo Design Vancouver | SILVER WINNER 09. Project: Royal
Columbian Hospital Rental Unit | Kasian Architecture Interior Design
& Planning Ltd | SILVER WINNER
RESIDENTIAL – NEW CONSTRUCTION: 05. Project: Private
Residence Vancouver | HB Design Consultants | GOLD WINNER
RESTAURANTS, BARS, & CLUBS: 11. Project: Ocean Club | M
Studio Design Conultants Inc. | GOLD WINNER 12. Project: Joey’s
Grill. Lounge. Patio | Urban Design Group Architects Inc. | SILVER
WINNER 13. Project: Marine Drive Golf Club | Omicron | BRONZE
WINNER ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD 14. Project: Earls St. Vital | e+
Design and Construction | SILVER WINNER
HOTELS, PUBLIC & INSTITUTIONAL SPACES: 06. Project: SFU
Theatre Surrey | Raven Design Consultants with Omicron AEC |
BRONZE WINNER 07. Project: CPR Arbutus Lands Public Info
Centre | Penner & Associates Interior Design Inc. | GOLD WINNER |
RETAIL, KIOSKS & BOUTIQUES: 10. Project: Rogers Wireless |
Seeton Shinkewski Design Group Ltd. | SILVER WINNER
10 | DETAILS 2007
THE SOCIAL SCENE
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2006
Photography by Kathryn Ng
01 The Penner and Colin Campbell delegates enjoy the complimentary champagne. 02 Smiles all around. 03 Laura Opsal and Kasia
have doorprizes galore…with no one to claim them! 04 Were people really dancing through the tulips? 05 There sure are a lot of smiles
from our amazing IDIBC Awards Committee. 06 All dressed up and ready to leave…with an Award. Congratulations!
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Written by Joanne Pocock, RID VP Legal
Five members of the negotiating team made a trip to Victoria on
March 1st. for an information session on the status of negotiations.
The contingent included: David Wilkinson [VP AIBC], Dorothy
Barkley [ AIBC exec dir], Joe Rommel, [BDIBC], Don Vaughn
[past pres BCSLA], and Keath Seeton (IBIBC).
In attendance at the meeting were Architects, Building designers,
Interior Designers and a Building Inspector. It was a good meeting that
generated questions as to how the process would work, how issues
would be resolved and from our members questions on membership
categories and how this might affect fees. The concept was well
received from the Victoria group with no objections voiced.
Meetings are ongoing regarding the development of the
Architectural Professions Act leading to the signing of the
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). IDIBC signed the
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year. BCLSA is currently
working towards development of their MOU.
In preparation for the MOA, IDIBC is currently preparing documents and reviewing the following topics: The role-out process,
affected business units, RID document stamp, Barrier-free Letters of
Assurance, Education, Registration of firms, Insurance, Title
Designation, IDIBC affiliates, and By-laws. Also review of AIBC
documents, i.e., code of ethics, code of conduct, etc.
2006 Building Code
A new building code came into effect in December of last year.
The biggest change is that it is published in an objective-based
format. The code is organized into three Divisions:
Division A – defines the scope of the Code and contains the
objectives and functional statements and the conditions necessary to achieve compliance;
Division B – contains acceptable solutions (formerly referred to as
“technical requirements”) deemed to satisfy the objectives and
functional statements listed in Division A. Most of these are carried
forward from the 1998 BCBC; and
Division C – contains administrative provisions.
Another change with this new code may be the format in which
you access the information. It may be more convenient to purchase
Electronic Versions of BC Building Code. This format provides an
easy to use search engine (with the ability to narrow your search to
specific parts of the codes; colour-coded change indicators (showing
change from the 1998 code); hyperlinks to Application and Intent
Statements; hyperlinks to related BC Status and Regulations and
updates will be available on the web.
The electronic versions of the BC Building Code are also linked
to two new types of explanatory material (Intent and Application
- intent statements (detailed statements on the specific intent of
the provision); and
- application statements (detailed statements on what the provision
You can access information on purchase of electronic and hard-copy
versions and download PDF copies of Letters of Assurance at:
It is recommended that you check with each municipality prior to
showing up to make a building permit application, as they may
have changed their requirements for BP application submissions
with the new Building Code. IDI
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Vice President Communications
Ada Bonini RID
Chair, Member Events Committee
Kasia Zaleski RID
President (Leave of absence)
Jim Toy RID
Vice President Legal
Joanne Pocock RID
Chair, Continuing Education Committee
Katarina Litva RID
Vice President National
Jenny E. Mueller-Garbutt RID
Chair, Newsletter Committee
Board of Governors
Deanna Hayko RID
Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Judith Horvath RID
First Vice President
Judith Horvath RID
Vice President Membership
Sally Mills RID
Vice President Member Events
Kasia Zaleski RID
Chair, Awards of
Jennifer Krutz, RID
T. 604- 685-4301
Karen Lutz RID
NCIDQ Study Group Coordinator
Tiia Manson RID
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Written by Jenny E. Mueller-Garbutt, RID, VP National IDIBC
It is with excitement and a bit of awe that I take on the position of VP National.
Although I have been in the Design Field since 1981 there is still ever so much
to learn. The design field is vast in so many ways and it is with excitement that
I accept this position to continue the learning process from some most wonderful
people, as well as passing on knowledge through my past experiences. The IDC
board and the IDIBC board have accepted me with open arms and I thank you
all for that. I look forward to being a part of the “bigger picture” and serving the
Interior Design Industry to the best of my ability.
IDC board members have created sub-committees, which will further develop
4 key result areas, Representation, Organization, Administration and
Communication. It was determined that more communication from IDC to the
provinces on a regular basis be most beneficial. In following in the past VP
National’s steps, I will continue on with the Insurance Portfolio as well as the
“Organization” sub-committee. I look forward to the experiences and challenges
that lie ahead.
THANK YOU IDIBC
THANK YOU IDIBC
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