Raine Heidenberg's fabulous chandelier was a hit at BKLYN Designs 2010. A talented designer and an old friend, Raine she allowed us to interview her about her design inspiration.
How did you come to be a designer?
I've always been interested in art and design — my mother is an art dealer, so I suppose she instilled that in me. I decided to be an interior designer while traveling in Malaysia many years ago. Having left my life and all my belongings at home, the influence of my environment was magnified and this increased awareness of space was fascinating to me. The kind of experience you have spending the night in a three-walled shack in the middle of the rainforest is indescribable.
What's your favorite color to work with and why?
I'm not sure I have a favorite color to work with — it's always changing, like right now I'm loving dark charcoal shades of grey and hating peach. I like using intense colors that add drama to a space.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere — in art and fashion, through my travels (I LOVE to travel) and of course, the unequivocal beauty of nature.
What inspired you in designing the chandelier?
Which interior or furniture designers, past or present, do you most admire?
I really adore Palo Samko's work. He's another designer presenting here at BKLYN Designs. His craftsmanship is remarkable and his work has real soul to it. He's an artist, really.
Describe your design theory in 4-6 words.
Make the world a better place.
What is your signature mark that you always try to implement in a space?
Every space I design is a reflection of the end users — responding to their needs, their desires, their dreams…my signature mark is really that their isn't one. Each project is different, so the end result is always unique.
If you could redo any space, past or present, what would it be?
Apartment buildings — I've been apartment shopping recently and it's staggering to see all the bad space planning. Architects design from the outside in, when really, shouldn't they design from the inside out? Buildings are not just objects, they are places we inhabit, so they should be designed especially for the ways in which we live. And don't get me started on how we've developed a building style that has no relation to our environment.
What 5 things does a well designed home need?
High thread count sheets
Good space planning
Living things, like plants, flowers or fish
See more of Raine Heidenberg's designs on her website.