One of the benefits of hiring a professional designer is gaining access to an amazing world of resources and experiencing your designers’ sheer love of design. It’s inspiring … and contagious.
Recently Shirley Wagner and Diane Bobek checked out timeless designs at High Point Market, North Carolina – the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show – to curate new collections for Fine Design’s discerning clients.
What inspired you? What did you personally love?
What inspired us most was the plethora of furniture available and being surrounded by so many designers and likeminded individuals that all loved what they were doing.
What are the new products/elements being featured given the design industry’s growing emphasis on eco-friendly design?
Furniture companies are manufacturing high quality furniture using solid woods and producing these products in the USA. Their focus is on timeless design, heirloom quality and genuine commitment to sustainability.
We found other companies that manufacture healthy and eco-safe and eco-friendly furniture to stay with you for life – meant to be handed down to future generations. This is durability – the essence of sustainability. We also were inspired by a session with Robin Wilson, author of “Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle.”
Are there any new products or “design gems” that you would like to use in future projects?
We have very talented artists and artisans in Hawaiʻi, so it takes a lot to impress us; however, we did find an exclusive artisan that does beautiful woods with colored resin – very contemporary and sleek. Stay tuned for our new and exciting vacation home furnishings collection.
Any tantalizing textiles being used?
High Point Market is all about furniture; but they had great selections of textiles used in area rugs, pillows ottomans and poufs. Lots of organic cottons, hemp and linen materials.
What great ideas did you see for vacation homes?
We found some great new lines that would be perfect here in Hawaiʻi. One especially caught our interest. Every piece in their collection was comfortable and intriguing. We loved the modern lines of the new rattan pieces and the use of bright colored raffia wrapped cabinets; many pieces could be used in our vacation homes.
Exclusive access to design resources is just one of many great reasons to hire a professional interior designer. With so many do-it-yourself fans these days, we thought we’d share our take on the top 5 reasons to work with a design professional.
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