This week I was unable to photograph any furniture. However, I did find several photos online of furniture that made me think and were appealing to the eye. They also had a sense of whimsy that I found to be very fun.
Last week I visited the Japanese Gardens at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens and I was in love. It was so beautiful and peaceful, with vivid reds and oranges. I was just in awe of the beauty of the place. Here are some shots I took while I was there:
For the field report, I visited InHouse coffee shop outside of Nordstrom. Inside, the serving area was set up as a galley style kitchen, with snack bar attachment. Therefore, customers were able to stand in line while still having space to move around in. They can either start at the snack bar or at the register and then eventually move to the serving bar.Employees are friendly and helpful, while being able to move in a straight line quickly and efficiently. A negative aspect is that there isn't any sitting room inside the shop, one must sit outside in the courtyard. Another is that lines aren't very easy to figure out, as the layout is essentially a giant rectangle. However, the cork ceilings, glass tiles, and warm paint colors create an open and friendly space that makes a person want to settle in.
This week as I was going through pictures trying to find a project that inspires me, I remembered Philippe Starck's "Mama Shelter" hotel in Paris. I love this hotel's vibe and aesthetics. The monochromatic color scheme with splashes of color here and there is really cool. I also love the unique bed side lamps.
Although this design is good in essence, I think it could be improved upon:
For starters,the overall color scheme is too dark. Although they tried to lighten the space up by leaving the ceilings and ballisters white, the overall effect is still gloomy. I also think it could use touches of warm colors such as orange or red.On the whole it's a good design, it just needs some pick me ups here and there.
This week, I've been inspired by Florence + The Machine.For those who don't know who that is, it's a band consisting of Florence Welch and an ever changing backing band. Their first album is called "Lungs" and I've been listening to it all week. The songs are full of emotional depth and they remind me of open, bright spaces. Here's some pictures of the areas the music reminds me of and the album art.
Several careers are possible with interior design. The one I'm most interested in, though, is green or sustainable design. Sustainable design is creating spaces that are healthy and eco-friendly while still remaining stylish.Green designers make any where from $32,000 to $64,000 depending on their skill level.Since I have so many allergies and am prone to get sick easily, this is a career I'm highly interested in. I'd love to be able to help people like myself live a in a healthier environment.
In searching for a blog to be inspired by, I ran across a few that caught my interest. The first one, PadStyle, has some pretty cool looking furniture and design ideas for small spaces. Here's the link: http://padstyle.com/
While in Keller the other day, I stumbled upon a group of apartments called "Arthouse". I took a liking to them immediately and took pictures. I love the clean lines but fun, interesting colours that go with them. To me it just gives me a desire to create something sustainable and fun while remaining hip and chic.
An extra note: all of the apartments are located above local shops and restaurants. All of it evokes a modern, downtown SoHo, NY feel.
Yesterday in intro to ID, we were given our first project which is all about one famous interior designer. I was able to have the wonderful opportunity to learn aboutPhilippe Starck, someone I had never heard of before but whose work I am now in love with. Here are a few examples of his work he's done in New York and London:
St Martins Lane, London
Hudson Hotel, New York:
He's definitely now in my top five favourite designers!