The current world through a Designer’s eyes

It’s the first week of August – where did this year go???

You have to admit it’s been an unusual one – with its good and bad.  . .

We had an interesting year with politics and the up and coming Election – we started with the “entertainment “of Donald Trump – which is no longer entertaining but concerning.

We saw the Democrats really bringing a force to reckon with – perhaps to open up our way of thinking, questioning the democratic way in this country. Could Bernie have raised the consciousness of the American people?

And was there was the bright side of my year – my interior design practice was busier than ever with interesting projects with good clients.  I had my first stab at revamping the neighborhood coffee shop,  The Murray Hill Diner – using fun products from Wolf-Gordon, Arc-Com and Metropolitan Lighting.
They should be reopening within the week – I’d love to treat you to a cup of coffee!!!  Next Blog see the finished project and we’ll talk about restaurant design.

 

In late Spring I joined my friend and colleague Jane to visit the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum – The Manus X Machina exhibit. We both were surprised with the exhibit – it wasn’t what we had expected – but it was fascinating to see the development and evolution  of materials such as lace, plastic, folds of fabrics , some printed on a 3D printer.  Really exciting new technology that opens up a whole new frontier in design. – It is there until Sept. 5 – it’s something that should not be missed – They got my brain to look at materials in an all new way.
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Met Machina 3 d Printed dresses

In May, I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with friends including our friend from New Zealand!  We were there in time to see the last of the tulips but greeted with the fresh blooms of Cherry Blossoms, Lilacs and the start of Peonies. The brilliance in the flower colors inspires me to think of the textures of fabrics. Ruffles, pleating, satin and velvet come to mind immediately!

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Bot Garden20160424_14501720160424_144332

 

What does this all mean?  That life is about participating.  Finding the best in people, enjoying the simple scent of a new bud.  We need to make intelligent choices that will affect not only us directly but how it affects others, the environment, and the earth at risk.  Our immediate participation and responsibility is to do the best we can. For me, it’s to understand my clients immediate needs, address both their needs and desires – to create environments that will bring them peace, offer them security and calm.

A well designed space will  open the opportunity to appreciate the simplest things in life

and to offer the security to  endure the worst that surrounds us

so that we can look to the future with a positive attitude.  

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