Meet the founders and MC leaders.
David co-founded BOLD Basel, the first curated interior designer experience for Art Basel, to further bridge the gap between the interior design industry and art. With years of experience in the design industry, David founded Artistic Design Works. This multi-faceted company creates visibility for unique commissioned artists in hospitality projects, facilitates product licensing collaborations between designers and manufacturers, and provides sales consulting for distribution into hospitality and other market channels. With expertise in brand building, product development, customer interaction, and sales, he has an uncanny ability to connect with people in the industry, forging meaningful relationships geared towards mutual business growth. His hospitality career spans projects like The Palms Casino, Circa Casino, JW Marriott, Hilton and more
Julia Molloy is the foremost business expert for the interior design industry. For almost 2 decades, she has served as a business consultant to the luxury design community worldwide. She’s the Founder of the BOLD Summit – Business of Luxury Design Conference and the Editor in Chief of the BOLD by Design Magazine. She has also launched the BOLD Business Accelerator, an online academy for Principal Interior Designers. Most recently she has partnered with David Cohen to bring to the design community the BOLD Basel – Design and Art Tour for Art Basel this December.
Molloy is a sought-after speaker and has served as a Business of Design faculty member, on the Better Practices Network board of advisors and has been a continued education instructor to the faculty at New York School of Interior Design. Molloy has also chaired the ASID Student Affairs Committee and the board of advisors for the Art Institute – Interior Design program.
Molloy has authored the Professional Interior Design Business Blueprint which details industry best practices and operational procedures. She has also co-authored the book Designing for Wealth. When she’s not travelling the world to work with her on-site clients, she mentors Principal Interior Designers globally, remotely from her office in Portland Oregon.
David Santiago "Santi"
David Santiago is an award winning designer and owner of Casa Santi Interior Design. He is a staple in the design industry as a featured speaker, MC, tv personality design influencer. He caters to clients who seek the unique, creative details that elevate a project blending his traditional sensibility with the unexpected, known as his signature and trademark "Santified".
His Strictly Santi brand was created as an umbrella brand in 2018 and since then, David launched several products; a lighting collection with American Brass & Crystal Lighting and a wallpaper collection entitled The Passport Collection, catering to hospitality and residential markets with Bijou wallcoverings. David is known as the “Prince of Wallpaper” highlighting his ability to master the art of wallpaper application on every project.
Bringing with him an undeniable passion for the design industry and 12 years of high-level detail-oriented logistical expertise. He is one half of the dynamic dream team - The Cohen Brothers, who created two hard surface companies Rock Bottom Tile & Stone and Elegant Mosaics. Successfully pioneering and operating for over a decade, brothers Sam & David Cohen led their companies to national acclaim and success within remote and online distribution of job-specific building materials, custom mosaics and luxury stone & tile.
Eichholtz is our premier host of The Summit, Day One of Bold Basel. Founded by Theo Eichholtz by importing Asian furniture to Europe, Eichholtz has evolved into a premier wholesaler of luxury furniture, lighting, and accessories, boasting 4000 unique designs. Their modern take on classic styles adds uniqueness to various global settings. With dedication to innovation and service, Eichholtz shines at trade fairs, presenting collections embodying their lifestyle and international reach.
Recently announced, Eichholtz partners with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, unveiling a vast collection of 150 pieces spanning upholstery, case goods, lighting, and accessories. The Met X Eichholtz line draws from 5,000 years of global art and motifs, marking this multi-year partnership as The Met's venture to homes. The collection's launch event at the museum is followed by debuts at High Point Market and Maison et Objet, aiming for worldwide appeal. This ongoing partnership promises inspired designs drawn from The Met’s vast collection, uniting art and culture in homes globally.