AT Interviews... Housing Works' Designer Jack Levy

AT Interviews... Housing Works' Designer Jack Levy

Jill Slater
May 31, 2007

Jack Levy, a dramatic designer for residential and corporate design projects, answers 3 questions about creating his vignette for Housing Works' Design-on-a-Dime Benefit. He agreed to answer some questions for us about his vignette for the event... What do you call your vignette? "Charlotte's Web," inspired by E.B. White's description's of the pig's slop. Throwing together the hearty meat and potatoes of last night's meal, the "slop" of the story became so much more. Donations from a variety of key vendors and friends make up the meat and potatoes of my vignette, but it is how I put together the details that makes this vignette the beautiful web Charlotte spun. Is the design process for this kind of event much different from how you work on client project? When I begin the design process for a client, I have the opportunity to explore my client's needs and dreams. It is about a personal approach in creating an atmosphere the client and designer envision together. Here on Design on a Dime, instead of the personality of the client, the inspiration came from the objects themselves. What was your best thrift shop find? A tufted, square arm, extra deep sofa for my country home. The shape and tufting was like nothing I'd ever seen. By removing the skirt, replacing the legs, and raising the height to a more comfortable 18", the sofa took on a whole new look. An important lesson in thrifting: by changing a few key details, thrift finds become gem finds.
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