click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
what is interior design?
I was really curious to find out just what an interior designer does. That is what brought me to the New York School of Interior Design
open house yesterday. All the talks about the field and the school were so interesting. I took notes. Here is what I found out.
Much like a fashion designer, an interior designer is a jack-of-all trades. An interior designer should have a command of business, marketing, psychology (to work one-on-one with clients, believe me you need a knowledge of psychology!), but more specifically, 3-D design, 3-D drawing to do "elevations" and "vignette drawings" for the client, have a working knowledge of color theory and materials such as wall finishes and fabrics and how different lighting impacts those fabrics, must be able to work with contractors down to discussing if a "piano hinge
" vs. a "European hinge
" would be more suitable to hang the door, must be able to read and generate floor plans (using CAD) and have a knowledge of the city's building codes in working with the architect on the project, facility in French and a knowledge of art history as well as styles of interior design throughout the historical periods. I am sure there is more. This is some of what the talks touched on.
So you are maybe asking yourself, so what, do I want to leave fashion design behind and become an interior designer? No way. I love doing what I do. But I wouldn't mind adding some skills and consulting in some form. I do love transforming spaces. I am already great with fabrics and can calculate yardage like nobody's business, have the business, marketing and psychology abilities, have 5 years of French under my belt, a museum background, lots of art history, and the ace-in-the-hole, Japanese
art history (I saw many final projects yesterday with Japanese art references), plus I can transform flat pattern drafting into 3-D modelling, have a strong interest in architecture and surfaces, and
I happened to be carrying my own tape measure yesterday for a studio redesign project I am doing for myself. Plus I can bring my own unique designs to a project, including custom window treatments, pillow designs, and other custom fabric solutions to soften a space.
If there are any interior designers out there reading, please comment on what you do in your career on a day-to-day basis, including your favorite creative aspect of what you do. How closely do you work with architects? Many thanks!
The approach to the school on 70th St. Very nice real estate. They have a newly relandscaped roofdeck with views of Central Park for the students! Upper East Side living. Very nicel. I stood under the awning of a nearby fancy apartment building to get this shot in the pouring down rain. The lecture hall. I got there early. I liked the design of the chairs. They gave us free tape measures! (from Brunschwig & Fils) But I already had mine with me (the blue one).
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