Sir Paul Smith

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I received a book titled Hello, My Name is Paul Smith for Christmas and I could not put it down until I finished reading it from cover to cover. Sir Paul Smith generously shares his backstory about his journey from opening one small shop in Nottingham, England to becoming an international presence in the design world today. The book is beautifully illustrated, including much of his own photography and it is an inspiration for those seeking to learn more about the business of design.His design focus originally was men’s fashion, establishing his first store in 1970 and in my opinion waited far […]

Works in Paper

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It is no secret that I love imaginative, whimsical creations that delight the eye and make people smile. This morning I found the latest Interior Design magazine in my mailbox. I thumbed through it quickly and turned to my favorite part, the back cover. Maharam, a provider of textiles to architects and interior designers, has been the source of these creative ads for as long as I can remember. Generally a single image, always eye-catching and without explanation, that truly makes you want to find out more and I did….. Upper left notes “Skira Rizzoli” a publisher of museum quality fine art books, […]

Modular Evolution

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  George Nelson and Charles & Ray Ames, are the talented industrial designers credited with the development of the classic designs that continue to be a part of Herman Miller’s product line to this day. However another man who walked into DJ De Pree’s showroom one day in 1931 became the man to create the modular designs for Herman Miller that are considered to be the first systems approach to office furniture. The seeds for Rhode’s modern approach to design were planted at the time of his sudden death in 1944, paving the way for those that followed.Gilbert Rhode’s assistant […]