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Panel Discussion: Downsizing and Designing Your Life

  • The Plaza, Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308 (map)
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MODA, Ponce City Market, and The microLife Institute are proud to present a panel discussion on Downsizing and Designing Your Life as part of The Big Huge Tiny House Festival!

Join us at The Plaza at Ponce City Market (near the BeltLine) as our panelists — visionary experts leading the charge of new sustainable methodologies transforming the way we consider home and place — explore innovations in housing design.

This event is free but you must register in advance.


Kanika Arora, Architect and Commercial Interior Designer at tvsdesign

Inspired by the traditional Japanese space-time concept of Ma — “the space in-between,”Kanika Arora is on a mission to relieve stress in a shifting culture where being busy is not only normalized, but championed as a badge of honor. Kanika is an Architect and Commercial Interior Designer at tvsdesign who seeks global industry disruption by spreading transformative, contemporary applications of Ma. She passionately believes in the correlation between emotional well-being and the universal human need for shelter.Kanika is dedicated to designing experiential spaces that contribute to calmness by identifying what is truly necessary, living small and valuing a life of meaning. By practicing simplicity to reduce stressors of the present-day built environment, Kanika aims to achieve physical and mental restoration — essential to reaching balance and sophistication.

Bonnie Cassimasima, Principle and Founder of Interweave People Place

Bonnie Casamassima is the Principal and Founder of Interweave People Place. She is an Interior Design professional with expertise in Biophilic Design, sustainability and research-driven environments. Her support focuses on guiding commercial and residential clients through the process of understanding how their spaces can be designed to enhance their psychological and biological wellbeing to support their intentional quality of life. She is an Adjunct Professor of Interior Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), is a LEED BD+C Professional and serves on the board of Sustainable Design Collaborative Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from The University of Tennessee and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design with a focus in environmental psychology from SCAD.

Claudia Morris-Barclay, Entertainment & Lifestyle Consultant and owner of Claudia MB Consulting

Known as a dynamic problem-solver who offers her clients resourceful, inventive, and attainable solutions; Claudia sees potential in even the tiniest of spaces, helping you let go of clutter and modify your spaces for a lifestyle that suits YOU. Claudia has worked in conjunction with The Container Store in cities all along the East Coast for over 8 years, customizing environments to reflect her clients' highest priorities and consciously support the life they want to lead.

Claudia also helps small entertainment businesses and performing artists elevate their game by developing tools/processes, creative consulting and production support in the areas of Brand & Business Plan Development, Artist Development, Voice Over and Independent Film/Music Video Production.