Words to Live By

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Design Trends | No Comments

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” (Charles Eames)

One can’t argue with one of the most important American furniture designers, right? Of course, I agree whole-heartedly and that’s why I have spent hours looking for the perfect fabric, trim, or chair for my clients. Reading this quote recently got me thinking about what some of our inspiring figures have said about design and style. There is a universal message that crosses many fields from art to technology, but inspiring to me all the same.

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Less is more is a common theme in more transitional and modern interiors, but this theory also forces one to make each piece in their home really count. Not every piece needs to tell a story, but each piece needs to participate in the story! Take for example, the selection of dining chairs. A simplistic style will lend itself to an overall clean and sophisticated look of the table and surrounding environment. It will also give you flexibility in how and where the piece is used. A chair such as this Maxine Chair will find itself at home at kitchen dining table, as an accent piece, or in a formal dining room.

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” (Coco Chanel)

How true this is! Fads and trends come and go over the years, but a true classic style will live on for a lifetime. There is an elegance seen within interiors when you incorporate classic shapes and structure in your furniture selections. The Paloma dining chair is a classic example of how a tried and true shape has stood the test of time and will be at home in traditional and transitional interiors.

“Design is not just what it looks like, design is how it works” (Steve Jobs)

One of my favorite concepts…. great design must also serve a great purpose! Maybe that’s my official quote? Although he was obviously speaking of technology, this idea transcends all products. We need our homes to not only look beautiful, provide comfort and shelter, but to also function in todays changing world. I love how so many furniture manufacturers are now incorporating technology into their products. A new favorite: The Stir Kinetic Desk that has touchscreen controls, height adjustable, and remembers the users patterns and preferences. Magnificent!