Want to meet the design movers and shakers in your town? Want to join others who are already doing it? Last month we worked with Design Evening volunteers in Boulder, St. Louis and Washington DC to help them bring out great guests and build on the momentum we started this past summer with Meetup Everywhere. Check out the evening's activites below, join up or join us in starting one in your own town.
• What: Boulder, Colorado Apartment Therapy Design Evening
• Who: Kristin FitzGerrell with Studio 22
• When: Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm >
• Where: Design Within Reach | 2049 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302
• Organizer: Ali DeJohn
• Attendance: 35
Kicking off a series of creative conversations, local assemblage artist, Kristin FitzGerrell of Studio22 will pull you up by your scrappy bootstraps and inspire you to share what you love about the process and the passion of living creative lives.
SUMMARY: Wednesday night kicked off our brand new series of creative conversations in Boulder. An awesome speaker, a fabulous new home at Design within Reach for our Apartment Therapy Design Evenings, super silly icebreaker nametags (i.e. if you build ________, it will come) and a gathering of over 35 creative souls — I have to say it was a pretty exciting night! Kristin's talk centered around living a creative life — taking risks, building your creative community, remembering to be a kid again and play (which really hit home from me with the Makerie being right around the corner!), and the fun and power of collaboration. She is living her creative dream and inspired us all to do the same.
The whole idea behind this series is to build a community of creatives that can share their passions, ideas and inspiration. We are really excited for Boulder to embrace this idea and can't wait to continue the creative conversations! Read more on Ali's blog: The Makerie | We Were Inspired.
• What: St. Louis Apartment Therapy Design Evening
• Who: Phil Durham, founder of Studio/Durham Architects
• When: Wednesday March 16 at 6:30pm
• Where: Centro Modern Furnishings | 4727 McPherson Avenue Saint Louis, Missouri 63108
• Organizer: Ursula Wayne
• Attendance: 25
At St. Louis' premiere Design Evening, Phil Durham, architect and founder of Studio/Durham Architects will present, "Beyond Cookie Cutter Design: Using Custom Made Furniture To Create Spectacular Spaces."
Durham, who has been featured on HGTV's "Generation Renovation" and in such publications as Dwell, Interior Design Magazine and Business Week Frontier Magazine, has custom-designed pieces on commercial to residential projects, creating everything from office workstations to flat files to kitchen cabinetry. His design approach is highly interactive, involving the client in every stage of development. He focuses his efforts on creating spaces that are innovative, environmentally friendly as well as aesthetically pleasing.
His home was featured on Apartment Therapy: Phil & Hali's Quintessential Loft
SUMMARY: St. Louis kicked off its first Apartment Therapy Design Evening with a bang. With an enthusiastic crowd, a stunning space and a couple of interesting speakers, it was an evening we won't soon forget.
We had a good sized crowd with many local designers, students and design enthusiasts in attendance. After helping themselves to Centro Modern Furnishing's designer punch, created by area mixologist Ted Kilgore, the crowd settled in for an enjoyable evening.
At 6:45 p.m., Centro owner Todd Lannom introduced the evening's speakers, Maryville University Senior Joshua Kan and Architect Phil Durham of Studio/Durham. First, Joshua Kan showed us his plans for a concrete coffee table he designed. Next, we learned about Phil Durham and discovered his passion for custom made-furniture, a passion that he has developed into something of an art form over the years.
Having worked with David Oakey of InterfaceFLOR in LaGrange, Georgia, Durham shared some of the custom designs he developed for their workspace. In addition, he showed us many of the unique projects he completed in his own home/studio workspace. Durham then took questions from the group. We had a lively discussion on the future of design in St. Louis, the direction it is headed in the Midwest and what we can do as a city to take our game to the next level.
The last order of business was to announce the next Design Evening. It will take place at Niche Home Furnishings on April 19, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as part of Saint Louis Design Week.
• What: Washington DC Apartment Therapy Design Evening
• Who: Lauren Liess of The Pure Style
• When: Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm
• Where: Sukio Design Co. | 1712 14th Street NW, Washington DC
• Organizer: Desire Greene
• Attendance: 25
Lauren Liess launched her studio in 2007 and she has since gained a reputation for being an intuitive, fresh and down-to-earth interior designer who designs highly personal homes her clients love. Her designs are a seamless blend of old and new, adeptly combining the unexpected and making it work. To Lauren, home is extremely important: It's the place we go to relax, to be ourselves, and to spend quality time with the people we care about. It's the backdrop for our lives and by figuring how clients "tick" design-wise, Lauren creates homes that are completely personal and suited to clients' individual tastes.
She writes the popular design and lifestyle blog, Pure Style Home, chronicling daily life as a wife, mother & designer, and has been featured in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, the Washington Post and the Washingtonian. Lauren has recently launched a new line of furniture and textiles which embody her classic yet fresh "pure style" aesthetic and are available through Pure Style Home. She's thrilled to have been selected to design a room in this year's DC Design House for Children's Hospital.
SUMMARY: It was a pleasure to host interior designer and blogger Lauren Liess of The Pure Style. After a quick summary of her background, Lauren walked us through photos of her own home, which was recently featured in Better Homes and Gardens. She also answered questions about blogging, balancing her career and family, design resources, and other secrets to success.
Check Meetup Everywhere for a schedule of Apartment Therapy Events in your area.