EPISODE 27 - THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE – ARCHITECTURAL GLASS

 
 

On this week’s show “Tools Of The Trade- Architectural Glass” my conversations with Daniel Stewart from Bendheim Glass Co.

Daniel and I will discuss “transparency and reflection” with the use of architectural glass as a material of choice for Designers and Architects. Bendheim Glass has a long and important legacy as a leader and supplier of architectural glass in New York City and beyond.

Segment 1: 

David introduces tonight’s topic: glass and how we can use it within our homes. David discusses the metaphor of a glass house to show how glass offers beautiful transparency. He mentions the history of glass in architecture. He notes that transparency in a home can illuminate the interior and how glass can create a flow of light throughout a space.

Segment 2: 

David is joined by Daniel Stewart. Daniel shares how he finds beauty in his bed, in how it exudes both feminine and masculine energies. Daniel describes the process of how glass is laminated to prevent shattering in architectural design. Daniel shares how color and texture contribute to the possibilities available when working with glass. Daniel explains the various ways glass has been used in his past projects.

Segment 3: 

David and Daniel discuss the new technologies available working with glass. Daniel describes a Texas bar project where they used chicken wire glass as an example of the seemingly endless possibilities when using glass in design projects. They touch on different ways glass can be used to optimize design in a space.  

Segment 4: 

David and Daniel take questions from the listeners. Daniel responds to the first question by explaining how to manage the amount of sunlight coming in via large windows. The second question deals with the differing thickness in glass and how best to use glass when remodeling cabinets. 

EPISODE 26 - AESTHETIC JOY

 
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On Tonight’s Show my conversation with consummate Interior Designer Gail Shields Miller from Shields & Co. Interiors.

Gail and I will discuss Aesthetic Joy – the value of surrounding yourself with meaningful and thoughtful objects, furniture and art in our homes.

I want to talk to Gail about her joyful interiors and how she uses color and shapes to bring whimsy and delight into her designs. And finally, I want to discuss with Gail the ever changing nature of the Interior Design industry over the years.

David begins tonight describing how he lives his life surrounded by treasures. He lists the treasures in his life and how they reflect how he sees the world. He notes how each piece throughout the home brings aesthetic joy and how each treasure is key to a sense of home. David stresses the importance of the things we keep around us. He encourages us all to live in and enjoy the aesthetic joy that surrounds us in our homes.

David and Gail explore their ideas of beauty. Gail shares how beauty causes her to have an internal reaction and often is unusual or different for her . She expresses the joy of design and in creating unpredictable or unique designs. Gail describes the balance she finds between whimsy, artistic flair, and purpose when design. She notes that the differences in design help maintain enthusiasm for new projects as difference keeps design from being stagnant.

Gail shares her background and how her mother influenced her as a designer. David and Gail then pivot to the changes they have experienced in the design business over the course of their careers. They note how younger clients seem to value practicality and utility instead of aesthetics within their homes. They ponder the future of design and whether interior designers will lose prominence as people seem to value simple and expedited projects over quality.

David and Gail take listener questions. They offer tips on how best to display specific antique items. They describes how to draft a great floor plan for a room and give advice to optimize a floor plan. They then give tips for how to incorporate patterns in a space.

EPISODE 25 - SIMPLY ELEGANT

 
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On this week’s show “Simply Elegant” my conversation with Lighting Designer David Burya, principal at Tirschwell and Co the leading Architectural Lighting Design company throughout the world.

David and I will discuss the elegance of Interior lighting from programming, comprehensive plan making and fixture selections to lighting philosophies and environment aesthetics.

David begins tonight’s show exploring the meaning of elegance. David wonders aloud whether elegance has become harder to come by in our time. He traces how his definition of elegance has changed to mean subtle, appropriate, authentic, and graceful. He notes how technology has allowed us to insert elegance into our homes in the way we design our lighting.    

David T. and David B. being their conversation with their ideas of beauty. David B. finds beauty in simple and appropriate aesthetics. David B. stresses the importance of light and lighting’s potential to evoke emotions. He describes how elegant lighting is a balance and strength and ease. David B. further explains how elegant lighting helps you to focus on the environment of a space rather than simply the light fixtures.

David B. recounts some of his most notable projects for residential and commercial spaces. He details his collaborative process working with architects to ensure his lighting design matches the vision for the space. David B. notes the importance of collaboration, pragmatism, and listening when working to optimize the lighting design to match a client’s vision. They touch on how LED technology offers more options for lighting choices.

David and David take questions from the listeners in the show’s final segment. David B. touches on the ways he works with clients to determine what emotions to evoke with a lighting design and how he advises clients on what is appropriate for a space. They consider the use of colored light and when colored light bulbs could work within a home. 

EPISODE 24 - A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

 
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On this week’s show, my conversation with Interior Designer Bachman BrownBachman has been featured in the New York Times and Traditional Homes.

I want to explore the power of dreams in the design process and the role of the Interior Designer in making their clients dreams come true!

David starts off the show talking about his dreams that and how most of them in life have come true. He also mentions that dreaming helps with his creativity when it comes to interior designing and that he loves making the clients dreams come true, putting down the belief that no dream is too big. He introduces interior designer, Bachman Brown. Like David, Bachman loves to turn dreams into a reality.

Bachman Brown joins the show. He thinks that without authenticity, there is no beauty and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, including his library where he can’t stop looking through his books. Bachman has always been dreaming, especially when he was young and acting out all of his dreams long before becoming an interior designer. He and David talk about dreaming big and how achieving goals step-by-step and being creative can change the thinking of a designer and, ultimately, the lives of clients.

David continues his conversation with Bachman Brown. The guys talk about Bachman’s beginnings as a young designer, including his first job as an assistant to another designer, to his first big project, and finally opening his business. Bachman mentions that he loves his career and still connects very well with his clients. He doesn’t have a particular style, as most of his work is different with every client. Plus, he and David have one thing in common, they both enjoy working on the design sketches for houses. Then, a discussion about books and films. How can reading or watching movies also influence the work of an interior designer?

David and Bachman take questions from listeners. First we find out, how did Bachman get his first name? Also, the guys talk more about dreams, visualizing before putting designs on paper,  imagination and figuring out what is beautiful to you, and can seeing things with the inner eye be natural or self-taught?

EPISODE 23 - WINDOW SHOPPING

 
 

This week’s show is Window Shopping, The Art of Retail Merchandising. My guest is John Michael Martinez – professional visual merchandiser.

John and I will discuss the elements of successful product display. How retail merchandise and the interior design of a home work off of the same key aspects of focus, color and editing.

David begins by expressing his appreciation for window displays and his memory of decorating the displays in his family’s furniture store windows. David describes the appeal of new merchandise and walking into a store to see the newest designs. David shares the visual  joy of shopping and the experience of shopping in person instead of shopping online.

John Michael Martinez joins the show to share his expertise in visual merchandising. John finds beauty in many things, but cites the stone gothic arch fireplace as the beauty within his home. John explains how his first job at a grocery store sparked his interest in displays. John describes how he finds inspiration in color or in the product itself when composing a display. John breaks down his decision making process and how he chooses what to incorporate within a display.  

David and John converse about the ways that visual merchandising and interior design overlap. John describes how he creates spaces, how to guide shoppers’ attention, and determine how best to place products. John explains the importance of point of view and how he creates a story with retail workers to help drive sales. They discuss the ways they approach individual products and how you can display an item to emphasize the product’s quality.

David and John take questions from the listeners. They discuss whether items should be placed at elevated heights to draw attention or whether items are best placed at eye-level. John explains the difference in design approach when working with a small display space vs. a large display space. John likens his projects to problem solving and describes how he collaborates with clients to create the perfect display.

EPISODE 22 - Holly Holly Christmas

 
 

Flowers: One of natures perfect designs. Mother Nature’s perfect little painting. Flowers are the first time we truly notice something of significance.

They inspire us and that’s why we have Master Florist Tom Sakas here to discuss the parallels between flowers, floral design and interior design.

And since its only a couple weeks from Christmas, I want to talk about using nature, pines and pine cones, holly and berries and flowers that go far and beyond poinsettias.

So, this Christmas lets design our homes with flowers. Let’s get inspired by the beauty of nature! It’s the perfect time to bring the beauty of the outside into our homes.

EPISODE 21 - SEEING RED

 
 

This show “Seeing Red”,  is a show entirely dedicated to the color Red. The first in our series of December Christmas Design Shows I have color expert and color consultant Betsy Karp to talk all about it.

Seeing Red – The color that is so much apart of all of us. The color that protects us. That symbolizes courage and power, that fills our hearts with love and our minds with passion. We are going to talk about the history of red at Christmas time including why Santa’s suit is red, and why Rudolph has a red nose.

I explore using red inside our homes. Why red rooms are challenging and worthy of thoughtful consideration. Listen live tonight, perhaps with a glass of red wine or a piece of red velvet cake. 

EPISODE 20 - HEART AND SOUL

 
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My conversation with Darin Ronning and Travis Messinger from Bantam Tileworks.

Handcrafted tiles and myriad of colors makes Bantam Tile Works a unique and sought after company. I want to explore the techniques that give each and every tile it own unique quality. I want to hear all about the sensational range of available colors inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany!

Darin and Travis have a wonderful story of dedication to their craft, remarkable journey from the Lower Manhattan to Bantam CT. Join us for a fascinating conversation about the Heart and Soul of Bantam Tileworks

EPISODE 19 - THERE ARE GIANTS IN THE SKY

 
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My conversation with Michele Dopp from Fabric and Steel. Fabric and Steel makes artisan-crafted textiles. Michele’s description of her design’s are revealing.

Fabric and Steel creates textiles that are thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted. The designs are emphatically of our time and reflection of who we are now. They capture our moments and refuse imitation.

I explore Michele’s design process and her sense of timelessness! 

EPISODE 18 - WHAT THE EYE ARRANGES

 
 

On Tonight’s Show- “What The Eye Arranges”. My special guest Art Curator Paul Efstathiou from Highlight Curated. Paul and I are going to discuss his recent exhibition Highlight:Chelsea at the Hollis Taggart Galleries. Paul’s arrangement of 13 diverse artists into one gallery show was an achievement of design, intention and storytelling.

I am so excited to talk to Paul about how I believe Interior Designers curate homes in the same manner he curates art. We will compare his favorite piece of art with one of my favorite rooms. We will discuss “what the eye arranges” and how the Interior Designer and the Art Curator are responsible to tell a visual story; to focus the observant eye, to inform the onlooker and through composition invokes what is beautiful in front of us.

EPISODE 17 - YOUR QUESTIONS, MY ANSWERS

 
 

We are going to catch up on all the questions you have sent in and I haven’t had a chance to answer. I also, want to talk about how questions are crucial to the design process. How successful Interiors are dependent on robust and thoughtful questions.

And let’s not forget, that questions are a wonderful tool for discovering our likes and dislikes, project priorities and all the personal things you wouldn’t even tell your therapist!

Episode 15 - Puttin’ On The Ritz

 
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Puttin’ On The Ritz On Tonight’s Show my conversation with Artisans Justin Pollmann and Bill Suran from PS Finishes. Justin and Bill will discuss interior decorative paint finishes. I want to talk to them about transforming ordinary walls and ceilings into unique and extraordinary surfaces. Justin and Bill will explain the techniques for Venetian Plaster,…

Episode 14 - Reflections of Us

 
 

Reflections of Us On Tonight’s Show my conversations with Darius Nemati from The Nemati Collection. Darius will share with us his astute knowledge and expertise of Antique Oriental Rugs. I want to talk to Darius about the qualities, the artistry and the durability that make Oriental Rugs still viable and valuable in Interior Design…

Episode 13 - Wait Until Dark

 
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Wait Until Dark On tonight’s show we will be talking to lighting expert Kyle Ray from AG Electrical Supply Co.  Kyle and I will shed some light of the tremendous progress in the lighting industry.  We are going to talk about LED lighting, recessed housings, lighting design concepts and how to select the best fixtures. We will…

Episode 12 - Sounds of Silence

 
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Sounds of Silence On Tonight’s Show we will be talking to Audio/Visual Expert and Smart Home Consultant, Eugene Fiks from Fiks Consultants.  Eugene and I will discuss the the cost advantages, security implications and the joy of having a state of the Art  Smart Home Systems. We will also discuss Audio/Visual systems and connecting each and every…

Episode 10 - My Love Affair

 
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My Love Affair On tonight’s show Interior Designer Rinat Lavi will return to discuss our design passions and a few of our most favorite things.   We will discuss what makes good furniture good.  Why good upholstery matters and how lighting is crucial to a success interior design.  How to select the right fabrics and…