we talk often about what is happening in interior design and show many
examples of products, resources, and craftsmen. All of these resources are helpful but truly
don't convey the totality of what it takes to successfully design our
living spaces. Providing pieces to the puzzle doesn't explain the design
process. Even as we focus on the process (particularly in this issue)
and follow along the steps, the tangible finished product is what really
validates all this theory. In other words, since we have extensively covered
the means, now let's look at the end.
at the work of the elite designers, we need to see the spaces they transform,
in three dimensions. Viewing a well-designed space includes a look at
spatial arrangement, texture and pattern, structure, flow from one room
to another, lighting, and hard- and soft-material choices. Photographs
can't really tell the whole story or allow one to experience the design.
Additionally, the real learning and awe-inspiring results are best seen
from project beginning, through the design process, and to completion.
To really understand interior design, you must see design up close and
world's best interior design is not as accessible as the world's art collections.
Most of the best and most distinctive interior design resides in private
homes. Of course we can see examples of great interior design in restaurants,
hotels, clubs, etc. But access to the most spectacular interiors is usually
how do we experience real interior design?
are not invited into the actual homes of the elite designers' clients,
we recommend an alternative where you still can see the real homes, rooms
and spaces designed by the world's top interior designers.
the work of the world's top interior designers in rooms and houses all
around the world by attending Decorators' Show Houses, DesignCenter Showcases
and Idea Houses. Each type of event provides countless ideas and endless
inspiration for interior design. In this issue we will focus on
and explore what really goes on behind the scenes. We are fortunate to
cover one of the most prestigious, the National Symphony Orchestra
Decorators' Show House. From the beginning through the unbelievable
transformation, we will learn from the masters and watch them use all
their tools and resources. This is an exclusive look at how interior designers
create, design and really do it!
Places to explore
Center Showcases - In many of the nation's design centers, annual
and bi-annual events include showcases. Usually designers are invited
to participate, much like a non-profit show house. During these events,
the public is invited to the design center to tour the showcase and learn
more about the merchants of the design center. This is a great way to
see the new fashions by the vendors. Additionally, regional styles are
prominent, so the event's fashion varies greatly across the country.
Houses - This is typically an architectural and interior design collaboration
sponsored by a design magazine and their advertisers. Accomplished builders,
developers, architects, interior designers and landscape architects all
participate. Southern Living magazine is typically a sponsor
of these events. National sponsors include Kitchenaide, Rust-Oleum, Hunter
Ceiling Fans, Chrysler, Pella Windows and Doors, Kohler, Andersen, Jenn-air,
and many others.
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