Early Influences

The purpose of this blog is to share my thoughts on design. It is a platform for me to put forward my opinions and  experiences. I invite you to comment on what speaks to you and what doesn’t. The relationship between designer and client is  intimate. It is based on trust. It takes time for both parties to develop that trust. I think it is valuable to learn who the designer is that you are interested in. And it is always a leap of faith.

My aesthetic awareness began in my early childhood. I was very aware of the beauty of my environment. We lived in a  building where people were design sensitive. A well known architect, an art dealer, an artist and a high end lighting manufacturer were just some of the people who lived in this vintage coop in Hyde Park. I knew everyone’s apartment and still remember the nuances of each family’s style.

When I was 11 years old, my parents took me to London, Paris and Rome. That trip changed my life. I became aware of  visual differences--  the fact that different cultures have their own style. I loved the romance of Paris and Rome. I loved the formality of London. This  stimulating visual education affected me deeply.

I didn’t know it then, but I was profoundly influenced by French and Italian style.

After the trip, I  secretly wanted to live in Rome or Paris. Paris has always seduced me. The French have a way of being that is naturally beautiful. One can actually see French and Italian  influences in my work. For example, I love to use the Royère bucket chair in people’s bedrooms. It’s cozy, enveloping and captures a sense of that French romanticism. From Italy, I am always looking for the  opportunity to do something in the style of Giò Ponti. His designs are stylized,  sleek and finessed.

I find that revisiting my early influences in design can help to paint a more complete picture of my work today. Check back soon for new projects and more details about my design philosophy.