On September 20, all of Designers Collaborative took part in What’s New, What’s Next @ 200 Lex, the New York Design Center’s annual building-wide bash celebrating fresh ideas, ground-breaking design, and innovative materials and products. The Bright Group hosted a panel comprising Designers Collaborative members Tim Button, Glenn Gissler, Celeste Cooper, Bruce Bierman, Scott Bromley, Laura Bohn, Susan Huckvale Arran, Ron Bricke, Barry Goralnick, and Carl D’Aquino, moderated by Jerry Caldari, for a lively exchange on the pros and cons of online vs showroom shopping. The consensus was that while online resources are an invaluable addition to the designer’s bag of professional tools, particularly in terms of speed and efficiency, they can only supplement the showroom experience: In the end, nothing can replace the real world, three-dimensional encounter with furniture, fabrics, objects, and lighting that the showroom offers both designer and client. Online sources and physical showrooms complement each other brilliantly–and they are both here to stay.
Half the Designers Collaborative panel in the Bright Group showroom: Tim Button, Glenn Gissler, Celeste Cooper, Bruce Bierman, Scott Bromley . . .
. . . and the other half: Laura Bohn, Susan Huckvale Arran, Ron Bricke, Barry Goralnick, Carl D’Aquino (panel moderator Jerry Caldari is not shown)