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Thank You For The Feature From Interior Designer, Interior Design Journalist, Fiber/Jewelry Artist, and Author, Onna Carr!
Hi, everyone! I had the pleasure and privilege of being selected for an interview by another amazing creative force, Onna Carr. Onna is an accomplished design leader and seasoned author in her own right, so to be featured as her top story in late June was humbling. Please visit her blog to get inspired by all of the other incredible creative thought leaders that she highlights on an ongoing basis; past, present, and future. The link to my own feature is shared below. Click on my photo to be taken to the full article or the photo below to be taken to one of many of Onna's online creative corners!
Major hugs and tremendous gratitude for being a part of a #GrandSlam #DesignCommunity
What is at the heart of your business that you want your customers to take home?
I’ll answer this based on consistent feedback that I get from customers and that is that they cherish the individualized approach I commit to each one of them in mapping out both short and long term attainable expectations throughout the design process from consultation to conceptual completion: they are my most treasured point of inspiration. I take pride in meticulously implementing all of the lovely, intimate details customers entrust sharing with me in order for me to deliver a tailor-made mosaic of spaces they’ll love to create memories in. Clients rest in my discretion, finesse, and treatment of holding their privacy with a high regard for confidentiality. If they want to have fun, laugh a lot, and be at ease throughout the entire time we work together knowing that their vision is understood by me and will be interpreted with acute accuracy, then I’m the designer or 3D renderer for them.
Hey, friends, hope your summer vacay has gotten off to an unforgettable, adventurous start! I'm on my design grind as usual and I got to thinking...with regard to architecture and interior design...ever felt that coming up with a killer combination of tasteful, yet individually expressive, palettes that were as distinctive as your clients are or as unique as your own space should be was one of the hardest things to do? Was it ever nail-biting to own up to the pressure you might have felt sometimes to rise to the creative challenge put before you when it came to choosing appropriate selections from the color wheel since you've sold your skills and abilities on your 'outrageous design acumen and out-of-the-box approaches'?!? No, it's not an admission (as the crickets stop chirping just to side eye me lol).
We all can get color-numb after awhile just like the affect you can get when you sniff too many perfume brands or fragrances at a time while just trying to choose one. Suddenly, they all start to look the same! But, frankly, my own secret to putting the equivalent of coffee beans back under my nose to neutralize all the perfume smells in my design business is to go back to nature and let my eyes absorb the glorious way that God's natural color wheel achieves unsurpassed amazing ranges in hues, tones, shadows, variations, gradations, and more! So, taking an extended approach from last month's post to appreciate modern style from the outdoors, I thought it most relevant to continue to refresh and reset our custom design juices by taking inspiration from some of the most grand displays of God's canvas I've collected from Pinterest. Links to the original source and designers are embedded in the photos where I could find them!
Featuring highlighted favorites from a Gracious Outdoor Living board on Pinterest. Fabulous, fine outdoor living and entertaining in a well appointed modern style, just the way it should be. Enjoy!
Sensuous, serene, sleek, and stylish luxury home spa experiences at their best coming straight to you from a Haute Home Gyms & Spa board on Pinterest. Enjoy!
Greetings luxurious creative leaders and aficionados in all things contemporary, opulent, and taste-making! I'm presenting some of the gorgeous featured videos on the Pinterest board, Modern Mansion Videos. These clips reflect a fragmented sampling of the finest in custom built, highly stylized, modern architecture in the residential market globally. Feast your eyes on the array of unconventional expression of each living space. I invite you to use these videos as points of inspiration for your own fabulous modern interiors, to develop your dream design look book based off of them, or to use them to cultivate a contact list of specialists to work with for your next dream modern masterpiece! Contact me directly if you'd appreciate experiencing Designista™ elite flair of modern taste-making.
Stay Out of That Box ;->
Greetings illustrious, paradigm-shifting, luxurious and creative family on this hallmark 'Black' History Month! With February being the designated month established so many years ago to acknowledge accomplishments and achievements of so called 'Black' people in America, I wanted to dedicate each post this month specifically to my proud heritage as a modern day Hebrew from the tribe of Yahudah (Judah) and to my fellow tribesmen from the other 11 tribes as it relates to the illustrious contributions our people have made to the architecture, engineering, industrial, interior design, and staging industries worldwide! Through this platform, it is my sincerest intention to share some major love with pride, honor, respect, and gratitude to those who went before me and made it possible for me to be a successful Black Hebrew health blogger, business leader/owner, community builder, professional interior designer (soon-to-be Interior Architect) who is on the road to achieving my second Masters with distinction, and anything else I want to be in this world. Getting to the top of the mountain I've been climbing is not only possible because of them, but a reality I remember never to forget everyday of every month of the year. Thanks to all the other beautiful people outside of our ethnicity and culture that fought that fight with us. It's not over, but seeing many of you get there with me is a residual gift that keeps on giving.
From the depths of my heart,
Robert Robinson Taylor - The brilliant architect, educator, and designer of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama who is most commonly credited with being the first accredited Black architect in America. Mr. Taylor was also the first African American architect to enroll and graduate from the prestigious program out of MIT.
Beverly Loraine Green - The highly versatile and amazing architect who was most commonly credited with being the first Black female architect to be accredited in the U.S. With Master's degrees in city planning, housing, and architecture, Ms. Green's project pedigree includes the UNESCO building in Paris, NYU, and several theater and arts projects for Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Arkansas.
Julian Francis Abele - An award winning architectural graduate of University of Pennsylvania who went on to become a prominent Black chief designer at the prestigious offices of Horace Trumbauer. Contributing designs to over 400 buildings, Mr. Abele was most noted for his authorship of designing Duke University Chapel, the Widerner Memorial Library at Harvard, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and so much more.
Paul Revere Williams - The incomparable, legendary, ground-breaking, African American architect who is most credited with designing the glamorous ambiance that Los Angeles has become known for. Mr. Williams learned an unprecedented skill of sketching upside down so that White clients did not have to sit next to him if doing so would make them feel uncomfortable. A true reflection of his civility and decorum.
Lester Bankhead - Brave army veteran who assisted in the liberation of North Africa. Despite initial financial hardship to attend school, Mr. Bankhead went on to become another trend-setting architect who overcame tremendous racial tensions and contributed to the mass appeal and design of Hollywood's most prestigious residences for celebrities. His work also transcended residential into commercial work for churches.
Albert I. Cassell - The renowned architect and builder of the most prominent and historically recognized campus buildings at the appropriately nicknamed 'Black Harvard' - Howard University. Mr. Cassell also served as a professor and Dean for the School of Architecture at Howard while contributing plans and designs for Morgan State, Virginia Union University, and five key buildings for Tuskegee Institute.
Wallace Rayfield - A pioneer in the trade, Mr. Rayfield was one of the first premiere Black architecture students and graduates from the very prestigious Columbia University. Recruited by Booker T. Washington, he became another luminary architect whose enduring work is still displayed on the campus at Tuskegee Institute. His influence is reflected nationally and expanded international borders.
Norma Merrick Sklarek - Pioneering Black female production architect responsible for the actual building and technical oversight of complex projects with modern architectural geniuses Frank Gehry and other iconic White architects. Known as the Rosa Parks of architecture, Ms. Sklarek's landmark projects included the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Pacific Design Center or the 'Blue Whale', and the famous Terminal 1 at LAX. She served as mentor and guidance counselor to those that followed in her footsteps.
J. Max Bond, Jr. - Barrier-breaking architect and professor who was one of the first Black graduates from both of Harvard University's Bachelors and Masters degree programs for Architecture. Internationally-recognized, Mr. Bond headed up architectural projects such as the Bolgatanga Regional Library in Ghana, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and more.
Lorenzo "Pete" Williams - Highly commissioned architect by Lyndon B. Johnson who remained committed to using his architectural gifts to provide beautiful quality churches and facilities for low to moderate income clients and respected their input to each project. Founding member of the Monitor Club that supported other Black men in gaining social, financial, and economic opportunities.
Happy New Season, modern design, architecture, and luxury friends! I've enjoyed an incredible kick off to 2016 and hope you have experienced the same. As many of you know, my background and expertise has been primarily with creating custom, opulent, modern interiors, specifically residential, with some emphasis on commercial projects. But now as an MFA candidate for Interior Architecture and Design, the world of design challenges I get to take on as I expand my technical skills will broaden scope, complexity, and variety in residential, commercial, and hospitality dramatically. Can you feel my fingers smiling while I'm typing :->! So, I thought how appropriate it would be to share some of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring pins on a Global Modern Architecture board on Pinterest for you to see what I'm chomping at the bit to get at once I've graduated...or maybe even what I might get to participate in along the way for anyone wanting to help a college kid (ahem, no laughing, this might actually work) gain some hands on experience in glamorous, game-changing, internationally-recognized commercial projects (applause for brief violin section I threw in there, lol).
Much of what I pin on this board are genius creations by world-renowned, award-winning architect, Zaha Hadid and her architectural design firm (and I mention in respectfully remembering her unparalleled legacy♥ She is a HUGE LOSS to our creative community). You will note a common theme in her style as an architect, which happens to be an unlimited talent for engineering an unprecedented degree of unpredictability in structural design flow while connecting these undulating lines seamlessly. Her architecture and interiors do not tend to follow linear or geometrical lines in the traditional, angular sense of many of her male counterparts or predecessors, but almost follow the fluidity of the female form, at least as my eyes and design sensibilities capture them. Other forms of modern architecture I tend to pin pertain largely to a futuristic genre as well by other highly regarded colleagues in the trade. Hope you are just as inspired!
Changsha Meixihu International Culture And Art Center Design By Zaha Hadid
Musee des Confluences By Coop Himmelb(l)au - Lyon, France
MyZeil Shopping Mall By Studio Fuksas - Frankfurt, Germany
SAMHRI - South Australian Medical and Health Research Institute By Woods Bagot
Red Ribbon Staircase or Ribbon of Connectivity By Clive Wilkinson Architects - London
Allen Lambert Galleria By Santiago Calatrava & Photographed by Sam Javanrouh
Galaxy SOHO Complex By Zaha Hadid Architects - Beijing, China
Five Iconic Street Lanterns on Hua Qiang Bei Road By WORKac - Shenzhen, China
ME Dubai Hotel Atrium By Omniyat & Zaha Hadid Architects - Dubai, UAE
With a great year coming to an amazing transition into an even stronger one for Designista™, I thought the most appropriate way to leave the year is with an attitude of celebration! How fitting, to now share some of my absolute favorite selections in lavish, breath-taking modern event design by some of the most legendary design teams in the industry of event management. These creations from the Fab Event Design board make your senses pulsate with elation. Feasts for the eyes and a true manifestation of only what your wildest dreams are made of, these modern productions of pure creative genius leave you swooning and wanting more. Most, not all, represent the fantastic design team over at DesignLab Experience, whom I am not affiliated with, but now, am a huge admirer of. Enjoy!
As most of us find ourselves in the full thrust of cool or cold Fall weather at this time of year, it seemed like the perfect time to highlight some of my favorite reminders of how fabulous and luxurious modern living can be on the outside just as much as it can be on the inside. Featured this month are just a few scrumptious selections from a Posh Private Pools board on Pinterest where modern inspiration proves, yet again, to be an extension of amazing imagination, ingenuity, architecture, design, and decorum.