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Design Trade


What is the most fantastic home or yacht design you have


ever worked on? I designed unique furniture for a large home in Ormond


Beach, Florida. In this particular residence, every room was from a different period, so the furniture styles ranged from Egyptian-styled armoires that displayed the Egyptian initials of the owners to a Deco and gothic (Batman-style) high ceiling and central bar area and an entertainment room displaying the shapes and tonalities of the 1960s.


Who are your greatest influences in the design world? Is


there anyone specific that you greatly admire? The furniture designer I admire the most is Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann from France. I have many of the books that show his designs and have traveled to Paris and New York many times to study and see his furniture in person at the major museums. He exhibited great use of rich finishes, soft enticing curves and bold detailing.


How do you make your design and manufacturing pro- cesses environmentally healthy? By using nontoxic glues and paints, as well as man-made ve-


neers and structure materials, we contribute to the health of the planet.


In what ways has the furniture industry changed over the past 30 years? There is less desire for the perfection of design and clients


will contemplate options. There is much less rush to show off and be exclusive. Design center prices and discounts to the trade are looked upon with distrust. Overall, there is very little loyalty for the design industry. The respect for the interior de-


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