"Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury is the opposite of status. It is the ability to make a living by being oneself. It is the freedom to refuse to live by habit. Luxury is liberty. Luxury is elegance. True elegance is refusal." -- Coco Chanel
"I would rather die of passion than of boredom." --Vincent van Gogh
True artists know themselves; they are not afraid of their own creative passion and energy. They have something to say! Similarly, real design style has a center, a core, a nexus, a purpose. In design as in life, there is nothing more boring than a space which says nothing about it's inhabitants. Successful designers know themselves and their clients. They have an authentic style, something that connects them in life. Those connections create more connections, and the resulting ideas create more ideas....
Simple, strong lines are most always the best. The past has value, and we'd best not forget how it continues to inform the present and the future. We don't live in the past, but we should always learn from it. Allow the past to influence you today, to bring a more mature and rounded creativity tomorrow.
"I like the sudden shock of non-sequitur color. Color, in fact, is my weakness." --Babe Paley
Color is emotional. It wields power for anyone who fearlessly dares to utilize its potential. It can brighten the heart and stir the soul. Use it playfully and thoughtfully and boldly and surprisingly at just the right moment and in just the right measure. Whether it's a fresh mix of neutrals, the proverbial 'pop' or a whole raging roomful, color delivers vibrancy and personality to any world. And there is no better way to begin the conversation than with a fine piece of artwork....
The creative abilities of George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have clearly made them thought leaders in the design world. After more than thirty years together, they now oversee one of the most recognized design firms in the world. Redefining how the world sees and experiences the built environment, their distinctive work is described as imaginative, thoughtful and honest.
"Hundreds of people can talk, for one who can think. But thousands of people can think, for one who can see." --John Ruskin
"I have taught my students not to apply rules or mechanical ways of seeing." --Josef Albers, influential 20th-century artist and art educator, creator of the Homage to the Square series.
Hailed as one of the most visionary painters of modern time and a powerful influence on an entire generation of artists, Josef Albers revolutionized the art of seeing. An explorer of the interaction of color, he believed in both seeing and feeling the relationships between colors. Albers' theory is as applicable to interior design as it is to art: "In order to use color ef...