Friday, July 7, 2017

Meaningless Inspirational Phrase

Meaningless Inspirational Phrase  |  digital  |   variable sizes  |  2017
I'm not sure exactly when or how it started, maybe with those Successories posters that were so ubiquitous in the 90's? Whatever the cause, I've often felt an aversion to quotes that are supposed to inspire but instead somehow leave me feeling empty. Perhaps it's a poor choice of words. Or, now that anyone and everyone can make memes without bothering to proofread, distracting spelling and grammar errors. All I know is that I very rarely find inspiration in the quotes I see posted on social media set against a gradient or abstract background. I was so annoyed that I decided to make fun of the entire concept. I finally put it all together yesterday with my new Meaningless Inspirational Phrase line of products for Zazzle. Existential? Cynical? Sarcastic? Looks like something Daria would enjoy? Perhaps there is still a little bit of disgruntled 90's teen still left in me. At any rate, I hope someone will like these.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NeoCon 2017

The 2017 NeoCon show was incredible. This was the best time I've ever had there. I don't know where I should start so I suppose I will begin with something great that happened my last day at NeoCon, winning a cash prize in the Integra Seating showroom! My first time winning a drawing in many, many years. 

On my first day there, I met a celebrity! Terry Crews, the multi-talented star of two shows I love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Everybody Hates Chris, has designed a line of furniture for Bernhardt. He was in their showroom Monday and I got a chance to meet him!

The pieces in his collection have a uniquely organic feel. They're modern but not in a predictable way. I like them.

My Favorite Showrooms

This year my favorite showroom was Dauphin. The color palette suits my style. I love what they did with orange and pink, and even coral and salmon.

Here are some others that I liked.

Showroom Decor and Display

These are a few displays I really liked. Whether artfully arranged samples or works of art, they really added something to the showrooms they were in.

New Products

I love these ceiling fixtures from BuzziSpace.

Color Trends

If you've been keeping up with my blog for a while, you probably have a sense of what colors I like. To be honest I was never a fan of the Pantone colors of 2015 (marsala) and 2016 (rose quartz and serenity). But I know the pendulum must swing between bright and muted colors. Still, rose quartz and serenity can be difficult to work with. I saw many failed efforts to incorporate them, but these really worked:

Groupe Lacasse

This design made marsala look enticing. 

3Form used the colors in a vignette with sunset colored walls. Copper is still a popular metallic shade, used well in the other display.

My Favorite Showroom Activity

I love it when there are fun, interactive things to do in showrooms. KI has always been good at that. This year I got to make a little business card wallet out of a small piece of their faux leather. It was fun and easy and is a good idea if you have a lot of extra memo samples around.

I took a lot more photos that you can see in my Flickr album here:

After spending three days immersed in such an inspiring environment, I can't wait to finish the interior design projects I have started on and look forward to getting new clients soon. And maybe someday I will get to design a furniture showroom. I would love that.
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