Category Archives: DESIGN INDUSTRY

In Pursuit of Design Alchemy: Glenn Gissler’s Brilliant New Blog

Late last year Designers Collaborative alum Glenn Gissler quietly launched blog.glenngissler.com. It has been going from strength to strength with any number of interesting, insightful posts, including A Visit with the Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at the RISD Museum of Art, Let’s Get Out of Town (about touring iconic designer Russel Wright’s beautiful estate, Manitoga, in the Hudson Valley), and our favorite, the one below, which features Glenn’s  gorgeous 1835 Greek Revival farmhouse in Litchfield County. We hope that, like us, you’ll become a regular reader of Glenn’s always lively and entertaining blog.

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Interior Design Hall of Fame

Interior Design Magazine2013 Interior Design Hall of Fame

The 29th annual Interior Design Hall of Fame was held on December 4 at a black-tie event in the Waldorf Astoria hosted by the magazine’s editor in chief Cindy Allen and president Mark Strauss. This year’s inductees were Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi + Architects, Collin Burry of Gensler, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu, and Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops. Among the 1,300 guests were 16 former inductees, including Designers Collaborative members Bruce Bierman, Laura Bohn, and Scott Bromley, who gathered for a group photo.

Past inductees at the 29th Interior Design Hall of Fame, 2013

 Former inductees at the 2013 Interior Design Hall of Fame: 1. Kevin Walz. 2. Robert Kleinschmidt. 3. Juan Montoya. 4. Paul Siskin. 5. George Beylerian. 6. David Kleinberg. 7. Bruce Bierman. 8. Scott Bromley. 9. Arthur Gensler. 10. Laura Bohn. 11. Robert Siegel. 12. Lee Mindel. 13. David Rockwell. 14. Margo Grant Walsh. 15. Ronette King. 16. Ruth Lynford.

“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame and included among so many design industry icons I’ve always admired was a great honor,” says Bruce Bierman, who received the award in 2000. “It was even better than my bar mitzvah,” he jokes. “My husband, William Secord, said he’d take me to any restaurant I wanted for a celebration dinner. I said any restaurant would do, as long as it was in Paris. So the morning after the awards we flew there for a long weekend, including dinner.”

Laura Bohn and her partner Joseph Lembo were inducted in 1998–two years after they had disbanded their firm. “Everyone who had worked with us came,” Laura says. “It was thrilling and terrifying–my first time public speaking and I was nauseous for six months before. Joseph lost 25 pounds and hired a speech writer, but we didn’t use any of it. To be acknowledged by your peers is the greatest thing, and the event itself is so much fun–a party I never want to miss. All your friends are there, people you know and love are around, and it’s always great to see deserving people like Ken Wampler from the Alpha Workshops get honored.”

Scott Bromley was inducted in 1991. “It was the middle of the AIDS crisis,” he says. “At the end of my acceptance speech I thanked all the people who were there and then went on to thank those who could not be there (some of them previous Hall of Fame inductees) and started naming friends lost to AIDS. I continued as I left the stage and walked all the way back to where I was seated–still naming names. There was a standing ovation.”

 

If You Can Make It There: 2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York City

2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York City

Each year, the Design Leadership Networka by-invitation association of outstanding interior designers, architects, landscape designers, construction managers, members of the media, and product company executives, holds the Design Leadership Summita conference that brings DLN members together for relationship building, learning, sharing ideas, and growing together as a community. This month, the Eighth Annual Summit was held in New York City, and five of us from Designers Collaborative–Laura Bohn, Barry Goralnick, Tim Button, Glenn Gissler, and new member Alison Spear–attended. (Glenn is an old hand, having attended previous summits in Charleston, New Orleans, Copenhagen, Berlin and, last year, Marrakech, which he blogged about here.) 

The conference was co-hosted by DLN’s founder, Peter Sallik, Managing Partner of Design Investors, CEO of Waterworks, and co-founder and CEO of Dering Hall; Kate Kelly Smith,  SVP Publishing Director of the Hearst Design Group; and John Edelman, President & CEO of Design Within Reach. “They did an amazing job to create a program of rich content, dynamic speakers, fantastic venues, and good food!” says Glenn Gissler.

Norman Forster interviewed by Paul Goldberger at the Design Leadership Summit, New York, 2013
Architect Norman Foster interviewd by critic Paul Goldberger at the 2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York

The three-day event explored the most powerful forces shaping the design market and  community today: technology, fashion, art and culture, media and marketing, and urban and hospitality development. Speakers included starchitect Norman Foster interviewed by architecture critic Paul Goldberger; Elle Decor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro; fashion designer Oscar de la Renta interviewed by interior designer Bunny Williams; real estate mogul Aby Rosen; Hearst Design Group editor-in-chief Newell Turner; and architect and designer David Rockwell interviewed by restaurateur Danny Meyer.

Oscar de la Renta interviewed by Bunny Williams at the 2013 Design Leadership Summit, New York
Oscar de la Renta in conversation with Bunny Williams

While our five attendees were dazzled and informed by the array of talent, expertise, and achievement involved, they were particularly impressed by Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington: “She was fabulous,” says Tim Button. “She spoke extensively on health and well being–in our industry stress and lack of sleep are constant worries! And she addressed multitasking, which she doesn’t believe in!” Laura Bohn adds: “It was interesting hearing a human dynamo like Arianna emphasizing the importance of getting adequate rest and taking time away from your cell phone.”

Arianna Huffington at the Design Leadership Summit, New York, 2013

Arianna Huffington urged designers to take time to take care of themselves, unplug from technology, and create a safe, relaxing, well-designed haven.

They also raved about Andy Spade, the co-founder of the advertising, marketing, and brand strategy firm Partners & Spade: “Since I’m focusing on product as well as design projects, I found what he had to say very interesting,” says Barry Goralnick. “I liked hearing how he evolved the Kate Spade and Jack Spade fashion and lifestyle brands, creating good products backed up by smart positioning and a real relationship to the end users. When he explained the strategy, you thought, ‘Of course, what other way would one conceive of that?’”

Andy Spade at the Design Leadership Summit, New York, 2013

Andy Spade Spade emphasized the importance of establishing the right partnerships and also knowing exactly what your brand stands for.