Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Designer Profiles: Eve Lowey

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.

What is your style mantra?
We do something unique every day.

What inspired you to be a part of the ASID Dream Home?
As a professional member, I like to support the organization and their efforts. I'm flattered and very excited to be a part of the Dream Home.

How are you incorporating universal design into your room?
We've left a path of egress open. Also, the way you get into the room and move around within it is all very open. Seating is accessible and comfortable.

Where do you look for inspiration, whether it be design or style?
We look at everything for inspiration: magazines, design shows, catalogs, retail stores, wholesale sources, showrooms. We are a very informed team because we intentionally keep ourselves exposed to a wide range of design.

What is your best design tip?
Keep it clean! Simplify, edit down. When you buy new things for the home, get rid of older things.

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.

Who are your style icons and why?
Michael Taylor is an icon and inspiration of mine. Although he passed away long ago, his designs are still very relevant today. He was innovative and extraordinary with everything he did.

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!

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