Archive for April, 2011
I know that all you bloggers out there will be blogging about the Royal Wedding ad nauseam. All I want to say is the church, the dress, the bridesmaids, the flowers, etc etc. spoke of a modern clean approach which was simple yet elegant and in keeping with our times.
Heading back to NY after unveiling my new ceramic tile line “Textures” for Ann Sacks at KBIS is Las Vegas! Will share more once I return, in the meantime take a sneak peek here!
I recently saw Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” which was first performed in 1895 and surprisingly it still resonates with audiences today. It was very funny and the sets and costumes were quite beautiful. They’ve extended the run until July 3rd, so if you haven’t seen it, go, this one’s a must see!
Whoopi did a great segment about the DIFFA event this year, our table is towards the end …3:29 to be exact. If you didn’t get to attend here’s your chance to see our table and all the others!!
I just returned from giving a lecture at Americas Mart in Atlanta where the hot topic was: How do you get your client to commit to a budget? When a client is asked their budget the usual response is “I don’t know, you tell me how much it costs.” This is an enormous pitfall because once you figure out how much it should cost they normally come back with “Well, that is way too much, I was thinking half!”. One person in the audience said they normally tell their clients to call him when they have decided on a budget, this sounds good in theory but what happens if they never call back? Once you are in a dialogue with them are you ready to let them walk away?
Does anyone have any successful ways of getting a budget out of their client? Please do share!
When I was a kid I used to get my kicks in ways I don’t anymore, so how do I get my kicks now? What turns my light bulb on first is getting a new client. It does it to me every time; it’s the honeymoon, the romance and the tingling hairs on the back of my neck. Second is when I install a job, for me it’s the climax, it’s like the nurse bringing the newborn in for the first time. Who looks at the baby’s slightly too big nose or ears? Who sees slight imperfections when the big picture is wonderful?
How do you get your kicks? Please keep it clean!
I was at an industry event the other night having a conversation with couple of designers about blogging. The general question was, what does one get from blogging and more so does anyone get work from it?
For myself I believe that most of my readers are designers ( I could be wrong) for me that makes it about sharing ideas, experiences and knowledge. Do any of you out there have a different experience with blogging? Have you ever received any work as a direct result from it?
It’s always interesting to see what post brings a large amount of comments and what they are. My post on Monday brought in quite a few responses.
Words can be interrupted in so many ways, lots of you mentioned the word “ signature “, to me this speaks of a way of thinking, living your life, expressing yourself, and of course your style. It doesn’t mean you always say, do or think the same thing every day.
Your style always gets filtered through your esthetic, your way of living, and even your politics. I am not who I was a year ago or 10 or 30 years ago. I still like roasted chicken and to play in the garden, but I am stripping moldings on a job today where I wouldn’t have a year ago. This is because as long as we are alive, curious, and keep absorbing we keep evolving.
I think that if you have a strong sense of your core and what you believe in, you tend to stay within certain principles whatever they may be. Personally I think that if you go against your principles you are doing an injustice to yourself and to your core.
When I was young I didn’t have a smidge of the experiences or the knowledge that I have now and when I look back at my work that I did 30 years ago I can see it lacked depth. It was good at the time but it didn’t travel well. I think knowing more, experiencing more, and being much more open minded about different points of views, have made my work not get caught in particular a time slot.
I don’t know that I agree with all of the comments, but I certainly agree that unless we all communicate how we feel we stay isolated within our design community.
Thank you for the lively converstaion!
I have been collecting photography for a very long time now and I like to collect contemporary artists from around the world. I usually pick up photographers’ work when I visit their country. One of the artists that I have collected from is Ai Weiwei, I have one of his iconic images that I bought years ago from his exhibit here in NY. He also shot this same image in front of the Eiffel Tower and The Tiananmen Square, these images were a global political statement.
When I opened The Arts section of the Times today I saw this news article about his detainment . It is sad when such a great artist is suppressed politically for speaking his mind. There is something to be learned from suppression of opinions and beliefs, we are lucky to live in a country that allows freedom of expression and speech. There are too few places in this world that do not allow these freedoms.
If you feel the same way please consider signing the petition to free Ai Weiwei here http://twitition.com/ao9m7