Born in Istanbul, Turkey to a Greek mother and an American father, Can Danny Gidding — pronounced “John” in Turkish— has been subjected to a world of Byzantine influences since birth. Art and music were his earliest loves, and he was drawn to both while attending high school in Leysin, Switzerland. Afterwards, he majored in Architecture at Yale, received his masters in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and embarked upon a career as a designer on television, with shows on HGTV, ABC, FOX, Logo and currently on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” where John has moved back into the field of art and art’s applications for interior design.
John has maintained a steady stream of sketchbooks since 1995, sketching whatever provokes his interest with the same skill, precision, and hand-written notes, that were used by illustrators before the age of photography and was taught to him in Leysin. He splits time between the USA where he lives, and Turkey and Europe where his family lives.
And now, John is coming to Richmond! John will be one of the key presenters at the upcoming Richmond Home + Garden Show held at the Richmond Raceway Complex March 1-3, 2019. You can hear him talk about home design Friday, March 1 at 4pm and Saturday, March 2 at 12pm.
But best of all, one lucky Richmond Mom reader – and Trading Spaces fan – will have the chance to meet John live in person for a meet and greet before or after one of his presentations. Simply enter your information below for your chance to win!
To learn more about the Richmond Home + Garden Show, to get to know more about John or Trading Spaces, or to get your tickets in advance, visit www.richmondhomeandgarden.com.