Archive for June, 2010
I just signed with the NY times to go through their photo archives and pick ten images that would work well as a collection. I think it’s such a wonderful way for people to start a photo collection of their own. There will be some pictures of New York, celebrities and of course some good old classics. I think for a good price, one will be able to get some great collectable pieces.
As soon as we are ready to launch, I will link this blog to their site. What a great project to work on!
My client owns an animal hospital that I’m helping him update. The project will be done in stages, mostly this fall. One thing we’re planning is to replace the front office/lobby flooring – it’s currently a vinyl faux brick pattern. Since customers have been going to this neighborhood animal hospital for many generations, we want to retain the old school charm/humor that the previous owners infused and add some modern aspects as well. For example we’re going to keep the quirky church pew seating in the waiting room but add vinyl pads to make them more comfortable and add some color. I like the look of the flooring Vons recently used to update their produce departments. We want to make sure the cost of these updates don’t have to be passed on to his customers. Can you recommend some reliable flooring companies in the L.A. area who would have reasonable pricing and wood flooring suitable for a high-traffic animal hospital?
No I don’t. Off the cuff I’d try concrete or self-levelers for the floors. These are easy to maintain and can come in a lot of different colors. I think, however, that our readers may just be the most helpful in this instance. Do any of you out there know of a good wood flooring supplier in the LA area? Please share that here. (Don’t you love that we can all learn from one another?)
We all have all different types of fantasies. Some of mine I can’t talk about – but the others usually have to do with creative opportunities. Whether it is designing amazing products or being approached to form new partnerships, they somehow always come full circle to a really good opportunity. I fantasize constantly; sitting on a plane and thinking how I could redesign that plane’s interiors, or hearing from a friend of mine that he is doing a palace in the Middle East, and then fantasizing about what I envision a palace in the Middle East being.
Recently, in designing a bathroom for a client, I started with a fantasy of what my dream bathroom would be. I envisioned this open Roman temple with flowing curtains, fountains and water running, kind of like a movie set, and from there I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be interesting to create something that has the essence of a Roman bathroom. So I created a double sink cabinet with legs out of statuary marble carved in Roman style with a marble top and then a floor that was inspired by an actual roman bathroom in Pompei. Dreaming opened up my imagination to creating a reality.
I’m a firm believer that if we can visualize what our fantasies are, it’s the first step towards making it happen. So if you want to do product partnerships, you fantasize about it and envision it in your mind and that’s the beginning. Whatever you can conceive and put out there so they can become a reality, have a bigger chance of seeing the light of day. (Have you seen The Secret?) You have to dream it for it to become reality. I think that the more you keep your mind open and allow it to just wander and dream, special reality can come from it. At least a reality that steps outside the norm. If you all have any fantasies that you want to share (just keep it G-rated!) concerning design, why don’t you share it with all of us and give it the first step towards becoming a reality!
I am scouring online sites for two old Hollywood style arm chairs – something elegant yet a little quirky – that you might see in Aunt Mame’s apartment. So far I have only found one that fits the bill but at £4000, it is way over my budget.
Any inspired ideas for a Scottish girl who dreams of a glamourous 1940′s Hollywood life?
Marry a rich man? I suggest you try thrift shops and antique shops. Remember if you find only one you can always have it copied. Or if you find some in a rough shape you can have it reupholstered to give it a fresh look. Try checking out theater staging prop houses – maybe they have something leftover from a movie or a show. I’m not sure how big thrift shops are in Scotland? The other thing is to check when people have house sales or auctions. Good luck – I hope you find your glamor!
I had a prospective client come in this week with a charming waterfront cottage that she and her partner had remodeled. One of the first things she said after we met was “I was so afraid of calling you as I wasn’t even sure you would even talk to me about such a small project”.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the stigma that comes with appearing in magazines. Whatever size budget people have, they always feel that it may not be big enoug for a published firm. Being published is a double-edged sword. It gives you visibility, but on the flip side it can make you seem intimidating.
I was thrilled to meet her and to share with her a vision of what this cottage could become. It got me all excited about the possibilities of working together and taking the project to a beautiful conclusion. So you see, we were both happy!
It’s been interesting reading your comments on this post talking about the future of AD. From what I hear there’s no interviewing happening, but I think, as Wendy Goodman from NY Magazine said to me, that no magazine can survive unless it is relevant in today’s society. I think that whoever takes over the realms at AD will have a tough time getting rid of all that formaldehyde that’s been stuffed into the magazine and trying to bring it back to life. It requires an editor that has an understanding of relevance, society and contemporary design. I think it has to be somebody who is connected to designers and connected to what is happening in contemporary design, not someone hidden away from all the design action. And most importantly the job requires somebody who understands magazines, how to put it together and keep the flow going.
I’ll be watching this space with you and will let you know if I hear anything
Last Saturday in Bridgehampton, God’s Love We Deliver held its 10th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefit and I had such a great time with many good friends. I wanted to share this photo from NY Social Diary with you all.
I met with my accountant last week. He works with different parts of the creative field, art galleries, photographers and fashion people, and his feeling is that things have improved slightly, but it’s really still tough for everyone. This is the same message I got in Paris and South Africa and also from friends in Califiornia. It’s sad that we keep getting hit with the blows – whether it’s the oil spill in the Gulf or the problems with banks…it just seems that one is in this hole and at the moment you think we’re on our way out of it, there’s another hit and you just slide back down.
Even mother nature keeps throwing us curves like the floods that just took place in the US. One has to believe that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and that maybe someone just lowered the dimmer? It’s hard to say. (I wonder who would want to be president of the US right now. It takes someone with great hope or guts.) And it’s not that I’m down in the dumps, it’s just that as a business owner you always have to keep your finger on the pulse and know what the temperature is out there so one can be realistic about how you run the business. When your head’s in the ground like an ostrich, a truck can run you over. You have to be awake so you can keep going until the good times are back!
What do you think? Am I just a pessimist or do you feel the same?
Name: Veronica Risko
City: Boca Raton
I have a dining room table that I absolutely love. It is a Directional City Scape by Paul Evans in chrome and brass purchased in 1972. It is a large octagon that can be made larger with leaves. Now for the problem – the ’tiles’ were damaged by a moving company and my attempts to get it repaired were not successful. There are ’tiles’ that no longer stick on, have tarnish or are dented. Do you think there is any hope for this table or do I have to stop living in the ’70′s? I have been enjoying the rediscovery of the retro feel and mid-century modern and have never really fallen in love with a dining room table since. I am about to move into a new home that we custom built and don’t know how to solve this dilemma. If the ’tiles’ cannot be replaced, do you think the whole table could be refinished in some other way. It would then be a great table shape but would be obviously missing that shiny wow factor that is so retro. I would appreciate! any advice you could give.
Why don’t you see if you can find any high-end metal workers in your community to advise you on the situation. They would be the best ones to give you a full assessment, replace the squares that have been damaged or polish the table as a whole. Rather than refinishing it, I would suggest you try to sell the table as it is, because to strip it would be a real pity. They are worth a fortune and you could get some money back. However, if you restored it you could really enjoy it as a great piece so look into that option first.
Perhaps some of the readers have some contacts they could share?