Friday, January 27, 2012
Without knowing it as a child. Always loved looking at beautiful furniture and houses with my mother. Seriously as an adult after my husband died and my family pressured me to find a career. Like a lighting bolt it occurred to me that interior design fulfilled all my career requirements. So I went to school and have never looked back.
My tiny vestibule is a pathway between two rooms. The dark floor and bright walls are sharply contrasted for dimming eye sight. There is enough room to turn around in a wheel chair and go the opposite direction. There is room at the desk for a wheel chair to pull up to it and actually use, though the room is designed to really pass through.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Universal design means just that: design that allows for people of all physical abilities or life stage to comfortably use the designed space without compromising aesthetics or function. While the commercial design world has been operating with these requirements for many years, universal design for homes is quickly becoming the benchmark for good design as well. Everyone: old, young, able bodied or not, can benefit from a thoughtfully designed space. As designers, when we infuse aesthetics with the functional needs of a client, we create spaces that are both beautiful and efficient. These design changes can be as small as installing grab bars in home bathtubs or roll out bins in kitchen cabinetry and as large scale as installing ramps and elevators.
1. Equitable use – The home’s design should make it equally usable by everyone. Ideally, the means by which people use the home should be the same (e.g., providing one means of entry to the building that works well for everyone)tors in an entire home for wheelchair access. The 7 basic principles of Universal Design are:
2. Flexibility in use - The home’s design should allow people to use its design features in more than one prescribed way (e.g., providing a countertop that is usable from either a seated or standing position)
4. Perceptible information- The home should provide all essential information in a variety of modes to ensure effective communication with all users regardless of their sensory abilities.
5. Tolerance for error - Ideally, the home’s design should eliminate, isolate or shield any design features that could prove hazardous or inconvenient to any user.
6. Low physical effort – little to no physical force necessary to operate (e.g., replacing a traditional doorknob with a lever handle that does not require the ability to grasp and turn the wrist)
7. Size and Space for Approach and Use - A home’s design needs to be arranged to provide a clear path of travel to and from important design features for all users.
When did you become interested in interior design?
My father was an architect so there was always an inherent interest. When I was in junior high, my art teacher told me about a bedroom design contest. I entered and won an honorable mention! That project sparked my love for design and the rest is history.
What would you say is your design style? Your niche?
Style is about changing, staying ahead of what's going on, being a chameleon. I don't like to keep doing the same thing over and over, so Chameleon Design is always looking to turn the page on the styles we are doing. We are always thinking about what the next up and coming styles are going to be.
We all run into problems doing design work. Can you tell me about a headache you had and how you resolved it?
The first thing that comes to mind is clients second-guessing or questioning our direction and ideas. When this happens we simply find another right answer. As a design pro, it's important to remember that we are there to support. With commercial design, we are there to support the marketing team and help sell the properties, and with residential design we are there to support the family and their lifestyle. It's all about flexibility.
What is your proudest moment to date?
My kids. They've shaped the person I am and I love watching them grow up and into themselves. Raising kids is a creative effort and a true test of flexibility!
Any advice to aspiring designers?
Don't' be afraid to roll up your sleeves!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Following the ADA guidelines for space requirements and furniture heights for people with disabilities. It' a wonderful learning experience, and one that will stay with me.
Everywhere. Art, travel, nature are good places to start.
Color, experiment, use your favorite colors.
Well things happen. I take a little time to think through the options. Asking other Designers how they handle a same situation is always good. They can put your mind at rest, and come up with things you might not of thought of.
Ralph Lauren is an American Style Icon. He takes classic American looks and makes them fresh and unique. Also, love Diane Von Furstenburg she just keeps coming up with very bold designs that are fun yet accessible. I enjoy many different fashion designers, as well. Fashion is a big influence on home design.
Becoming an Interior Designer. Having the courage to follow my dream.
Get out as much as you can to events and meeting people, and doing the ASID Dream Home to showcase your work. Be yourself, and help others.