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Sonja Bata believed good design made lives better

from Globe and Mail

There is no good design without a good client. And Sonja Bata was a great client: A driving force behind the Bata shoe business and a trained architect, she spent half a century commissioning fine products, buildings and places. But Bata also understood the value of design to society at large — and Canada should learn from her discerning example as a businessperson and a citizen. Bata, who died recently in Toronto at the age of 91, "had an uncompromising vision for design, and would find a way to bring out the best," says Heather Dubbeldam, an architect who worked on a series of projects with Bata in her final decade. more


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