Archive for the ‘Interior Designers’ Category

Be your own fabric designer!

This is an excellent idea for those of you who are passionate about your design abilities and would like to make custom fabrics, spoonflower now makes that possible.  Here are some instructions on how to upload and purchase your designs. Check out the Fabric of the week contest.

Promoting Sustainable Practices + Supporting Good Design = Being Green

Excellent way to search for sustainable furnishings on line: shop sustainable

Sustainable Furnishings Council defined:

“A non-profit balanced coalition of industry players founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. The SFC recognizes the overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change. SFC members acknowledge the tremendous urgency, and will take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under our control.”

SFC members will utilize Life Cycle Assessment as the best method for analyzing the environmental impact of their products, and a verifiable chain of custody as the only acceptable method for tracking wood flow.

SFC members support the triple bottom line of PEOPLE – PLANET – PROFITS and will lead the industry in developing awareness of best practices throughout their supply chains. Members will accomplish this goal by increasing their purchases from suppliers that show continual improvement toward meeting our high standards.”

Our goals are as follows:

  • To raise awareness of the sustainability issue
  • To assist companies in adopting good practices
  • To serve as an information clearing house
  • To create a symbol of assurance for consumers

Morning with a Designer:

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Interior Design Defined: (just to clear a few things up)

As stated by the National Council for Interior Design Accreditation (NCIDQ):

“Interior design is a multifaceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell, and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environment sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.”

Grouping

Design by Amanda M Eubanks

This is an assignment for my visual presentation studio.  I was thrilled because this has been my highest grade so far and was kept for our CIDA certification (very important to keep our #6 ranking for the INDS program).  Unfortunately, none of our class’s projects were “A’s” because they weren’t sketchy enough. 

The assignment was to render a space using a grouping technique, certain provided furnishings, 3 plane changes, no rulers, sketchy style, graphite, bristol board, and cut sheets included for all other items added.

School + Projects + Work = My Life

This semester has been crazy.  I’ve never worked so hard in my life.  My studio projects have gotten more time intensive, my teachers have planned for more test, I’m a personal assistant to an interior designer, and I’ve learned so much from my design teachers.  I’m finally home for Thanksgiving break and I’m incredibly thankful for the rest and relaxation.  I’m so ashamed that my website and my blog have gotten the shaft.  I’m so very sorry, but I’m planning on posting some of my most recent work.  

Design by Amanda M Eubanks

Our studio professor assigned this project on top of another project due last week (along with three other tests for that week).  We were shown a photograph of a simplistic space on our classroom projector, and we were told to sketch it during the lecture time, take it home, choose 5 materials to insert, use presentation sketch quality, no straight edge, throw shadows, color correct it on photoshop, and do the layout on a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper in gray-scale. This was my rendering of the space with my chosen materials.

Interior Designer Stephen Gambrel:

While thumbing through the August edition of domino magazine, I stumbled upon an amazing Interior Designer, Stephen Gambrel.

Personal Style:

  • Inspired by: 19th-century houses in Virginia.
  • Signatures: Easels for art and objects, drum shades, trays on large ottomans, feather beds over mattresses.
  • Styling tricks: propping books vertically between book ends on coffee tables, and displaying collections of similar objects, like amber glass in different shapes. (Aug 2007 pg. 36)

On further research, I discovered his website and his New-York based design firm: S.R. Gambrel Inc. Here I found it easy to browse through his well planned portfolios filled with pictures of his designs from different regions and clients. Through his site, I was able to appreciate his variation in design. How could anyone not appreciate his soothing use of colors, pleasantly spaced features, his mix of unique furniture, and eye-catching textures and fabrics. His West Village Apartment is my favorite (for today).