For our Special Interior Design | Home Furnishings Edition, South Bay Digs reached out to the local interior design community and asked them to answer the above question:
Impactful design is the successful melding of visual beauty and exceptional performance. By planning spaces that are functional, comfortable, beautiful and sustainable we can help our clients live healthier, happier lives.Hornbeck Design Partners always works on each project as a unique partnershipbetween the client, the designer and the space. With a clear design objective rened with our clients, we create signicant impact using unique and creative combinationsof furnishings, color, texture, art and accessories. Sometimes one or more of theseelements become dominant, but there must be a sense of balance in a room. Not every piece needs to or should be the “wow” piece. Good design takes a trained editing eyeas well as good selection, remembering proportion and context. Impact can be subtleand strong eliciting the desired emotional response.There is no secret or trick to effective design. It’s a matter of understanding thespace and the whims and personality of the client. As the Senior designer at Cantoni furniture in Los Angeles, I meet clients withtastes that vary from the rapper to the real estate developer and everything inbetween. Our projects run the gamut from designing suites at the W Hotel tohelping Justin Bieber pick out the right bed. The key is to understand the client’slifestyle, know the bones of the room and know where to put the emphasis. At Cantoni furniture our motto is “Great design is a way of life.” Great designhas no secrets or tricks; it’s about good listening, experience, and the desire tocreate a space you could die for! Impactful design is creating a space that makes a person feel like they areswept away to a personal utopia. Whether it a feeling of being on a luxury vacation or going back to fond memories of the past, that “place” makes onefeel happy inside. I create this by listening to what a client really truly wants and implementing a sense of balance and harmony to the space that encompassesall of those things.I have always felt that “Good Design” is like a” symphony of elements”. ThoseDesign elements are our orchestra. Like musical notes- they are personalized tothe project, space and our clients needs and desires. To me, for design to haveimpact it must exceed the following criteria. Appeal- what we see, how it feels, and what emotion it stirs for our senses.Luxurious Details- Whether it is the hardware selected on the cabinet door, thefabric on your favorite chair or the extra roomy shower with all the amenities,luxury surrounds us.Function- The functionality of space is critical. Not only to meet the needs of today,but also to forecast and adapt to future needs, surpassing the mediocre.Spacial Harmony- a room full of showy pieces is best in a museum. Less is more.Responsibility- To meet budget and costs, and to operate on time and to schedulewhenever possible. In addition, we need to protect our environment by exercisingthe option to select from responsible manufacturers, products and builders.
Sarah Barnard, Leed AP, Sarah Barnard Design in Santa Monica Nancy Manning, Hornbeck Design Partners in Redondo BeachBernadette Capellaro, Cantoni Furniture in Los Angeles Talia Frederick, Talia Interior Design in Manhattan BeachNadia Elgrably, Nadia Designs in Manhattan Beach
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“In art school, one of my teachers used to say, “Color always gets the credit, “ and it is inherently true ,not just in art, but also in interior design.How do I create an impactful design? In my case by doing the unexpected and assembling different textures and colors; crystal and wicker, tangerine and fuchsia,French baroque and modern. As a believer in the adage form follows function, I play by the rules by spending time interviewing the client before creating layoutsand selecting the pieces. I believe in proportion, comfort, light and texture, but in the end color always takes center stage.”
Claudia Edler Kazachinsky, CEK Design, Inc in Redondo Beach
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