Stephen Sills: On Aspiration

“I want a project to be as great as it can possibly be, and I really work to push the client to attain quality. Things needn’t be expensive, but materials must exude honesty. They must be a true representation of what the client wants, whether a simple basket or a gilded bronze statue. Honesty in materials and purity of objects is very important.

Aspiration, when it succeeds, promises the client something beyond good taste. It invests the daily tasks of decoration with meaning, pleasure, and vision, elevating interior decoration to the place of high art it deserves.”

Books: Lori Weitzner’s ‘Ode To Color’

In keeping with this blog’s focus on education, it’s my plan to write about anything and everything that advances an understanding of design. And what better place to start than with a great book on color?

Textile designer Lori Weitzner’s Ode To Color (Harper Design) is just such a volume. I’ve had the privilege of getting an advance copy, and can enthusiastically say that Lori’s approach to the subject is beyond the basics of the color wheel. Some of the words that come to mind? Sophisticated, romantic, nuanced and poetic. It’s a treasured glimpse into Lori’s thought process, linking her understanding of color to her textiles and wall coverings.

I had the opportunity to talk with Lori about the project. Thought I’d share the conversation… Continue reading “Books: Lori Weitzner’s ‘Ode To Color’”

Holiday House 2016

Tina Ramchandani's 'Happiest Hour' room at Holiday House
Tina Ramchandani’s “Happiest Hour” room at Holiday House

So here’s the thing: I’ve heard preservationists scoff at the stark juxtaposition between the newly constructed townhouses on Sullivan street just north of Broome, and the quaint 19th century houses across the lane. But I find such contrasts exciting; they are part of the DNA of New York’s architectural landscape, metaphorically linked to the city’s much respected multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious panorama.

Inside #40 and #50 Sullivan Street, Holiday House New York founder Iris Dankner has orchestrated a group of talented designers for a two-for-one show house event benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And in keeping with the streetscape, diversity is the order of the day… Continue reading “Holiday House 2016”

Welcome!

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When the banking industry collapsed in 2008, it unfortunately took my textile company with it. But here’s the thing: I hesitate to use the adjective ‘unfortunately’ because those events led me to producing and editing Interior Design Master Class, one of the most exciting and personally fulfilling experiences of my life.

I’d like to share a bit about how the book came to be… Continue reading “Welcome!”