Outdoor entertaining expert, Andrew Bockner is a creative visionary. After leaving his law career in New York City to travel abroad in 2002, he recognized his true creative passion for designing furniture and outdoor living spaces.
In 2002, Andrew co-founded Andrew Richard Designs as the primary designer and creator of ARD Collections, and has since designed some of the most recognizable and celebrated outdoor entertaining and living spaces in North America.
Through his travels and work with luxury hotels (Four Seasons, Hilton, Sandals, Wynn Encore, Fairmont, Intercontinental, Hard Rock Vegas, Hazelton Hotel and more) Andrew has developed an expert understanding of atmosphere, relaxation and entertaining as part of outdoor living.
He has helped many Canadian celebrities with their own outdoor living areas, personally creating experiences through his approach to sleek, comfortable and contemporary furniture design and style.
In addition to leading design at ARD, Andrew Bockner also oversees the residential and commercial projects and expansion of the business, along with running a successful event venue and event management company which he started back in 2005. Throwing everything from TIFF film bashes to creating stunning weddings, he knows the secrets and insider tips of hosting!
Media trained and camera-savvy, Andrew has appeared on a variety of Canadian talk and breakfast shows including CanadaAM, CityLine, Global’s ‘The Morning Show,’ and has been consulted on outdoor living, design and entertaining tips from publications such as Style At Home, Home and Décor, Canadian Living, Hotelier Magazine, Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and the Huffington Post.
Along with his brother, Richard Bockner, Andrew co-founded Andrew Richard Designs, focusing on commercial and hospitality projects. In 2007, Richard Bockner founded Leisure Design to further develop the wholesale distribution divisions of the company. Together Andrew and Richard collaborate to create the ultimate outdoor living experience.