Archive for August, 2012
The New York Times posted an interesting article on Thursday, August 30th entitled “The Classics, Circa 2050.” The story highlighted selected classic design pieces from the most notable designers including myself that will withstand the test of time. Check out the article online and find out what my favorite timeless pieces are.
In the coming weeks, I will be traveling to Nevada to the Burning Man event. In the past, I’ve been very coy about attending this event due to others’ opinions. Enduring the comments of “why go” and “it doesn’t seem like a Vicente thing to do”, I always answer “why not” with a smile. Since being exposed to it through a friend with very elaborate pictures of the event, I was intrigued. I felt it was something I should experience and a place I needed to go. Some may call it a hippie festival, an art expo or even a Woodstock version of a sex and drug party. Regardless of what many may think, I am going to experience the creative process in an unrestricted environment in the middle of the Nevada desert. It’s a place for people to be innovative, and let loose their fantasies and desires. Don’t worry; I’ll have plenty of photos to share with you all. If interested, check out the burning man website at http://www.burningman.com/.
A lot of people feel that repeat clients are easy. You already know the client’s personality, likes and dislikes, etc. But I realize when you have repeat clients; they start to second guess your designs. It’s like working with them for the very first time; you have to win back their trust. If you design something different, the question is always WHY? It’s smart to ask why but it’s also great to have an open mind when it comes to design. Many times, the originality of the designer fades. The aesthetic of the project can easily be shifted to something that is common and normal for their design senses. By not being open to new design concepts, the client begins to deal with you in a different way. It’s a huge challenge but one that I gladly welcome. It serves as a constant reminder of why I love what I do.
Designing for commercial and residential is so different even when the mediums are still the same, whether it’s fabrics, case goods, and so on. I presented a lobby design yesterday for a potential commercial Manhattan project. To this day, I am still surprised to see how different it is. The concerns are more about functionality instead of aesthetics. The decision making is quick and nonemotional. It’s not about egos or insecurities; it’s about the bottom line and how soon the project can get done. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful to work on residential jobs. Residential jobs allow me to introduce clients to a new place of freedom regardless of budget. The sense of accomplishment is changing the way people live their lives through design environments. What’s your experience from commercial compared to residential?
In Montauk and picked up the latest issue of HC&G. The beauty of the cover grabbed my attention. Thirty minutes later, I’m lost in the pages of beautiful homes and great product finds. I flip to the last page and to my surprise, I see my quote in the “Style Setters” column. Wow, I’m so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful summer issue!
To start this week off with a blast, Veranda decided to use my designs as a cover feature for the August 2012 issue. For a Long Island couple, I decided to create an elegant space that was welcoming and livable in a soothing palette of blues and white. When using color, always consider location when selecting color palettes for one’s home. It will always bring a sense of harmony to the space.