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Design for Life

Fashion and interiors help tell the story of who we are.

07.28.2016

Sandy Gordon, FASID, LEED AP

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake said, “Design is not for philosophy. It’s for life.”

He had it right. Whether talking about the runway or a striking interior, the thoughtfully creative end product is an interpretation of what’s happening around us in life. It’s how we tell our story.

I recently had the opportunity to dedicate my graduate project to developing a retail environment for fashion leader Eileen Fisher. This mega-brand, headquartered in Irving, N.Y., embraces simplicity, sustainability, and great design through an ethos born of passionate individuals who work as they live and use good design throughout their spaces and products to inspire creativity, cultivate connection, and instill confidence. Part of my assignment was helping customers understand what they were buying in store. Yes, it’s obvious they were purchasing clothing, but where did the fabric come from? Were the products sustainable? To Eileen Fisher, sharing this information was—and is—a part of sharing their story.

Fashion intersects with interior design in many other ways. In fact, one could argue that both exist for a similar purpose. Style, whether it be in what you wear or the environments in which you live and work, is a way to say who and what you are. Walk into a well-designed corporate office, restaurant, or home and you can feel and see a larger, defining vision.

Fashion really is a marker of sorts, the same as a thoughtfully designed space. Both require creativity and critical thinking, with more than a little consideration for the practicality of experiential living. Both often also reflect what’s going on in the world—societally, economically, and more. We as designers look to fashion as a major source of information. While it’s true that we don’t change our interiors as often as we change our fashion styles, each comes from a similar—perhaps subliminal—quest to say who we are in our lives.

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While it’s true that we don’t change our interiors as often as we change our fashion styles, each comes from a similar—perhaps
subliminal—quest to say who we are in our lives.

Luna Textiles, founded in San Francisco in 1994 to introduce new style to commercial interiors, is a great example. Recognizing interior designers’ intelligence and innate creativity, they showcase their fabrics as fashion objects: tennis shoes, raincoats, shoes, hatboxes, yoga bags, dresses. What do these have to do with furniture textiles?

The company explained, “Luna appreciates the savvy and intelligence of our audience, who is shown how the fabric will tailor, how it will upholster, how it visually translates when it is given shape, all with a nod to fashion, one of Luna’s greatest inspirations…It’s about design—not only the design of our textiles, but also the design of the Luna brand as a whole.” Fascinating. And true. In fact, Luna co-founder Michael Vanderbyl shared in a recent conversation with me that, quite simply, fashion is a part of their company’s DNA.

The interiors in which we live, work, play, and heal express our personal brand in very real ways. The strategy, creativity, vision, and guiding principles found in both the interior design and fashion industries make a difference in people’s lives—individually as a living expression, yet flowing into one another to inform meaningful outcomes.

Sandy Gordon, FASID, LEED AP, is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Interior Designers and Principal of SGI Interiors in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more about ASID at ASID.org.

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What’s In Your Fall Line Up?

Fashion, décor and TV programming all change with the season. So should your marketing. I’m not suggesting that you should cater to every trend promoted in every home and lifestyle magazine or website (although it’s always good to know who’s influencing your clients’ ideas about design). It’s not your design that needs adjusting. It’s how you promote your services that could use a refresh.

Summer is winding down. We are heading into the fall home buying and redecorating season. Now is the time to start reminding clients that the holidays will be here quicker than they think and to lock in their design project before schedules fill up. They also may not realize how long it will take for that new gourmet appliance or item of custom furniture to arrive. It also wouldn’t hurt to remind them that fall is a busy time for many people with back to work, back to school, events and festivals, and preparations for winter and the holidays. It might be hard for them to squeeze in that DIY project they had planned to get done before Thanksgiving. You can get that done.

Take some time, too, to assess how your business has performed during the first half of the year. If you haven’t been as busy as you’d like, it may be time to rethink your approach or strategy. Demand is high, but many of today’s clients are less interested in paying for design services. They are looking for someone to counsel them in their design choices and to provide knowledgeable guidance about which products and materials to purchase. Retooling your marketing message, your menu of services, and your social media presence may be just the thing to attract new business and end the year on a high note.

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Black Golden Globes Outfits to Be Auctioned Off for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

The Golden Globes’ black-clad Hollywood stars aren’t finished doing their part to combat sexual harassment, assault, and gender and racial inequality in the workplace.

Last Sunday, actors and actresses including Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, and Daniel Kaluuya donned the inky shade in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment and assault, as well as to raise awareness about anti-workplace harassment initiative Time’s Up. Now, they’re putting those red carpet outfits up for auction to benefit Time’s Up’s legal defense fund. The initiative was announced on Wednesday by Time’s Up, eBay, and Condé Nast, who are partnering up to run the auction this Friday. All money raised will be donated to the legal defense fund, they announced.

“We’re thrilled that actors and others in the entertainment industry are leading in this extraordinary way to end the scourge of workplace sexual harassment,” said Fatima Goss Graves, the President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, which is in charge of Time’s Up’s legal defense fund. “Each time they’ve stepped up they’ve inspired more attorneys to join the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and more individuals to contribute.”

According to a press release, the black dresses and tuxedos were donated by the designers, who include Versace, Vera Wang, Armani, Balenciaga, Gucci, Prada, and many others. The outfits will be available for bidding starting January 19, here, with the auction running through January 26.

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While they’ll no doubt end up in the hands of extremely wealthy people, there’s a way to participate even if you don’t have the funds to buy a dress worn by a Golden Globes winner. Three of the dresses, designed by Stella McCartney for Claire Foy, Diane von Furstenburg for Madeline Brewer, and Rosie Assoulin for Mandy Moore, will be up for sweepstakes for eBay users who donate $25 or more to the legal defense fund.

“At Condé Nast, we’ve always believed in the importance of swift action to support meaningful social change,” said Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour in the press release. “Through this auction powered by eBay for Charity, and harnessing the compelling pull of both fashion and activism, we’re hopeful that the black dresses worn at this year’s historic Golden Globe Awards will raise funds for the Time’s Up initiative, and serve to support the stories and voices of those who have been victims of sexual misconduct.”

Here is the full list of designers and celebrities who are donating their outfits:

Armani – Laura Dern

Balenciaga – Salma Hayek Pinault

Brandon Maxwell – Viola Davis

Brioni – Hugh Jackman

Calvin Klein – Sarah Paulson

Chanel Haute Couture – Caitriona Balfe

Chloe – Isabelle Huppert

Diane von Furstenberg – Madeline Brewer

Dior – Michelle Pfeiffer and Elisabeth Moss

Dolce & Gabbana – Sarah Jessica Parker

Givenchy – Nicole Kidman

Gucci – Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie, Daniel Kaluuya

Louis Vuitton –Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone

Marc Jacobs – Tracee Ellis Ross

Monse – Maggie Gyllenhaal

Prabal Gurung – Issa Rae, Kerry Washington

Prada – Diane Kruger

Oscar de la Renta – Greta Gerwig

Ralph Lauren – Shailene Woodley

Ralph & Russo – Penelope Cruz

Ronald Van Den Kemp – Emma Watson

Rosie Assoulin – Mandy Moore

Saint Laurent – Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz

Stella McCartney – Claire Foy

Tom Ford – Gal Gadot and Neil Patrick Harris

Valentino – Seth Meyers, Kate Hudson, Lily James

Vera Wang – Meryl Streep

Versace – Saoirse Ronan

Zac Posen – Reese Witherspoon

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LAUREN BENCIVENGO IS THE 23-YEAR-OLD INTERIOR DESIGNER WHOSE SIDE HUSTLE IN TEXTILE DESIGN IS GETTING MAJOR BUZZ

In a time of “slash careers” (model/photographer/part-time tarot card reader), it’s rare to find authentic creative fulfillment — and success — in more than one industry. It’s especially rare when you haven’t yet hit 25. For Lauren Bencivengo, age is just a number and design is just a very, very broad industry…that she is already conquering on several fronts.

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White Cut-Out Panels Create Displays At Miami Boutique By OHLAB

A series of geometric frames are installed through this Miami fashion store by design firm OHLAB, creating spaces for stepped shelves along the walls in between.

The In-Sight concept store in Downtown Miami is filled with over 20 timber boards, which are each cut with circular openings.

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