My dear friend and event-planner-to-the-stars, Preston Bailey, last night threw a party to end all parties at The Armory on 27th and Lexington to launch his latest book, Celebrations, and it was quite the place to be seen. The invitation, featuring Preston in all his magnificent-ness, described the dress code simply as ‘Hot’ and the scene did not disappoint. Entering the Armory was a feast for the eyes and in Preston’s usual style, nothing was left untouched. With just 48 hours in which to dress a huge space, Preston and his team draped the walls, created breathtaking fake trees, a flower-covered entryway and, most impressively, built a ‘printing-press-runway’ where projected images from his book scrolled from the ceiling. It was absolutely breathtaking.
The food was spectacular, the dessert tables stacked high and wide and the drinks (named the Celebrations Mojito) flowed. The party moved to the next level when four models with strategically placed flowers (and not much else) started strutting the runway before Preston made a short speech and introduced the two star performers for the night - Gloria Gainer and Martha Washington. Their performances sky-rocketed the crowd and there was just no stopping the fabulousness. To see more photos from the party, click here or visit Preston’s blog.
Congratulations Preston! You’ve done it again.
Name: melissa lee
State: new mexico
Does it ever happen that after you are hired and in the clients space, you see a picture in you mind that is totally different than you first impressions and you have an emotional response that changes the direction of the job??????
No. Because I don’t start visualizing what the job is going to be until I see the plan. We go to measure and look at the existing space before the design process start. You have to, if you don’t, how are you going to design it? You have to see the light and get a feel for the space. We always look at the job prior to desigining as one needs to see the light, how the space works and to measure it.
You have to know what you’re working with before you conceptualize it.
Name: Melissa Lee
State: New Mexico
I am renting here and for the first time live in a mondern home. I find that there is not much to find here as far as furniture is concerned. I have always decorated my own homes and have an ability to do so, but find not much in this city? What would you recommend?
P.S there are wonderful rug merchants and reclaimed items for builders.
Melissa – why don’t you go shopping in LA and send it over? A lot of people do it and that will ensure you have the pieces you really want. If you don’t have a designer ID, the merchandise mart many times have designers who can go shopping with you that will allow you to go shopping for a small commission.
Are there any readers in New Mexico that have any great ‘hidden spots’ they’d like to share?
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Name: Visual Vamp
City: New Orleans
Hi Mr. V, Miz V here!
What do you think of e-design, that is doing ID projects on the internet.
I recently see design board services offered by ID web sites. I like the idea.
What do you think a fair price is for a virtual design board?
Price is in the eye of the beholder…How much is it worth to you, considering the energy, time and creativity of the person doing it? I think it does lose that human connection, but in this day and age, with what is happening economically, I think we all have to try different things and not be caught in a one-track mentality.
Thank you so much for all the kind wishes for my birthday yesterday. I did not celebrate it as I don’t believe in celebrating things like birthdays or new year’s…I usually try to be out of New York for these so-called ‘big dates’.
That said, I truly appreciate all the well wishes.
In design everyone’s always looking for new and original ideas and it got me thinking about what constitutes an ‘Original Idea’. I think a ‘new’ idea in design is how something from the past can be reinterpreted to suit today’s point of view. Yes, nothing is new, but on the flipside, new ideas are always coming out in the marketplace and it’s “Is anybody else doing it right now?” or “Has anyone else seen and old idea and reinterpreted it in a new way”? In being reinterpreted, are you taking that which served one purpose before and is now reinterpreting it with a new use?
I think that one of my strengths have been being able to see something from the past and using it in a new way. Like when I first did picture ledges eighteen years ago, or the first time I leaned a huge mirror for fashion designer Willi Smith twenty eight years ago and presently, with an easel, which was always used to rest art on, but which we now use as a TV stand.
My Easel-as-a-TV-stand idea recently got copied by a major retailer and they are now selling these at a really affordable price across the country. On the one hand it is a flattering thing when your idea gets ripped off, but on the flipside one has to wonder why these manufacturers don’t go to the source of the creative idea and have them create for them, instead of just copying them. I think in Europe it is much more prevalent that manufacturers see someone with a good idea and for the manufacturer to ask the designer to come up with other good ideas in partnership. In this country they just knock you off, which to me is very frustrating.
That does not stop me from trying to be innovative in my work and keeping the hope alive that manufacturers will see the possibilities of working with a creative firm to not just come up with one creative idea, but many.
After a very frustrating couple of days in which I realized why I only trust paper and definitely not technology, I’m happy to say that we are back up.
Thank you for bearing with me during this adversarial time.
BTW – Did any of you spot the proposal in Thursday’s issue of the Metro newspaper? There was a follow up in Friday’s issue and we learnt that he took his girlfriend to my restaurant Alto pop the big question, which kind of makes me an accomplice, right?
Name: Sally Ureno
Why are people so afraid to place a bed in front of a window? I love the fact that the morning light bathes one in the morning. Any thoughts?
Sally – I think it goes to the 19th Century when people were afraid of getting a draft and catching pneumonia. I think you have to create the right layering so it doesn’t look strange. If it’s a short window, maybe do school house shades from the floor up, try a screen behind the bed so it comes up to the bottom of the window. If it’s a big picture window, maybe do sheers behind it or curtains so when the windows are open you can just have the sheers. Don’t be afraid!
When we do purchase orders they’re always backed up by the estimates supplied by the supplier and our price request sheets that include measurements, drawings, details and style numbers so the supplier can give us an accurate price. If your PO is not clear, with attached samples and checked and rechecked, you run the risk of being stuck with a piece of furniture that has been produced wrong and which you will own, which ultimately reduces your profit. In our office it’s a policy that the associate working on the project has to have both the office manager and myself read every purchase order before it goes out. Three sets of eyes are better than one.
The PO’s are numbered with the name of the client, the date we need the furniture ready and then they’re filed per room – alphabetically by supplier name, with the estimate and the price request included. So this way, it’s easy to check if there are any problems. As we check on delivery, or if there are any problems, it all gets written on the PO so that there is always an updated status, including date, name of person and comment.
This has worked for me for years and I know there is a big move towards digitalizing everything, but I just feel that there’s nothing to beat an actual piece of paper with the sample attached to it. What works for you?