I took a class in college that traveled to Chicago to study some of the great masters of architecture. Of course, who could mention Chicago and architecture and not think about Frank Lloyd Wright? My design philosophy was greatly impacted by studying Wright's attention to detail in all aspects of design---from the roof to the furniture to custom stained glass windows that informed even the pattern of silverware used in the home. This is the mindset I have when working on client projects. As Charles Eames said, "details make the design." I often encourage my clients to hone in on one detail that is bothering them. For instance, is the trim on the shower not to their liking? I want to come up with a better solution now, so they never have to think about it again. Also, I want that one detail to speak to the overarching concept of the project. If a concept is held in mind when designing, all selections will work together because they were chosen together--no mismatches, no accidents--everything has a purpose and a reason, thus making each design personal and unique to the client.
Published in January 2019 issue of
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