Friday, January 30, 2009

Young Designers and Collectors

Thursday was an interesting day. It started with a Design Big: From Conception to Reality a panel discussion about how to start and manage a successful design business that was sponsored by American Express Open and Domino. (Talk about timing.) Tori Mellott was moderator to the panel with included Stephanie Odegard of Odegard, Inc. and interior designers Christopher Coleman and Ashley Whittaker. It was a very informative discussion and the bullet points that I can give you if you are thinking of starting your own design business is to be extremely organized, learn how to sell yourself and your work, don't turn down your nose at any small job because a simple bedroom job could turn into an entire summer house in a year or two. Also, don't be afraid to get financial advice. We all know that creative types sometimes aren't the most business savvy. And if you're a design assistant looking for work, be open to freelancing which some designers are turning to instead of full time employees.

The day ended with the Young Collector's Night at the Winter Antiques Show where I ran into everyone's favorite Top Design Contestant and Blogger, Eddie Ross with his partner Jaithan Kochar (I can't stop humming the Green Acres theme song whenever I think of them moving to the country!); Emily Eerdmans, the fabulous author of Regency Redux (along with Kelly Wearstler who wrote the forward) who also works for Hyde Park Antiques and was manning their booth; and Natalie Obradovich, a former design assistant to Kelly Wearstler who is currently looking for a design job in NYC.

One of the other topics of the panel discussion earlier in the day was where to find inspiration in this tough economy if you can't afford to travel the world and Stephanie Odegard suggested museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art where you can visit the art of the world. I also think that The Winter Antiques Show is another great place to be inspired and to also learn something new. I studied art history so I have a little knowledge of decorative arts and antiques but when I look at all the wonderful booths, I realize that there is so much more to learn. Even if your decorating style isn't traditional, you can still be inspired by the paintings or a pattern on a vase. The Winter Antiques Show benefits the East Side Settlement House so your patronage would be greatly appreciated in these tough times. I'm going to stop by again on Saturday to see what I missed the other night so maybe I will see you there! Bon Weekend!

7 comments:

LexyB said...

Have a great weekend!

MIMILEE said...

I have been doing the same thing with Eddie and Jaithen....the green acres theme song...how hilarious. I love their sense of humor. I know they will be happy with their new country home. I can't wait to see it all finished. I know it will be charming!

Laura said...

Wait, wait, wait...they're seriously moving to the country?!! So funny. In addition to the fabulous museums we have here in the city, I would also add the unbelievable New York Public Library as a place for inspiration. The collection is so extensive...tons of travel books, art books, just about anything you could ask for. And in these frugal times, you have got to love that it is free!

pve design said...

All that talent and beauty in one spot, we are lucky to be living in times like these and to connect via the blog world and then at shows like this. I just know that good things will happen!

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Heather, was so fun seeing you at the show! Thank you for encouraging people who might not think antiques are their bag or are out of their budget to give the Show a look-in - the history and craftsmanship of the objects on view will quickly make one a convert! EEE

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Heather, you are so right about design inspiration in museums. I went to an opening Fri. night here at the Chazen Museum in Wisconsin of what is already on my life list of best shows I've ever seen. The subject is Chinese minority textiles and it is an unbelievable display of over 500 costumes and textiles — most on mannequins and not under glass. There will be a catalog soon. I tried making a link but couldn't get it to work.

Newburgh Restoration said...

Yes I saw that they moved to the country...they have a great house!

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