Design Trends Made In USA
Today, NY Design Agenda presents you with the second part of our design trends made in the USA article. From Ryan Corban to Michael Smith, touching brands like Knoll and trends of craftsmanship created by Lindsey Adelman, no one is shocked to hear of the many design inspiration that is drawn from America.
If there’s someone that screams design trends it’s in Ryan Korban. Why? Very simple! There’s a redefined luxury in him that matches the new generation. His interior design style infuses a timeless sensibility with a sense of lost romance, sex, fantasy, and a deeply strong fashion influence.
Korban’s interior design practice has carved a niche within the design atmosphere for an old-world approach to luxury retail and residential spaces. Amongst his A-list clientele is; Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, and Aquazzura – to name only a few.
Author of the book, ‘Ryan Korban: Interiors’ this one is a great read, filled with more than one hundred full-color photographs. Besides the inspiration, it is a great way to spot his incredible approach to design trends. – In the book, you will also learn how to achieve a sense of luxury in your home that is glamorous, yet, highly personal. Must-buy? We say yes!
Michael Smith studied interior design at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He opened his firm in 1990 and has, ever since, expanded his projects from private clients to his Jasper line of fine furniture and fabrics.
Smith is great at setting design trends and you could say that his style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism. The most important thing to Michael when he starts a project is the history of the house and the personality of the people living there. He really aims to create a place that isn’t just a house, but an actual extension of the heritage and of the people living there.
Evolving and perfecting his craft are motos that matter to him. Living happily at home is libing in an environment that is the meeting point of everything you love. – In his own words: “I have a lot of different stuff that I love, much of it modern but some of it not, and I put it in my house in a way that had it all co-exist and live really comfortably.”
Do you consider yourself to be a ‘modern architectural restoration’ lover? Then, Marmol Radziner has the best design trends for you.
Where should you be looking at? The company got recognition for its award-winning historic restoration of Richard Neutra’s 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. Additional work that you may know them for are restorations of works by Cliff May, Rudolph Schindler, and John Lautner.
Marmol Radziner currently counts with over 170 employees throughout their offices and shops. At the moment they create projects that connect them with the surrounding environments, and that takes a warm, textured approach to modernism – one that is elegant but also timeless.
Unique compositions of light, materials, and space, as well as rigorous attention to detail, have guided projects for clients in the art and creative industries, such as artist James Turrell, art collector Eugenio Lopez, and fashion designer Tom Ford.
Knoll is one of the American Design Brands that has been ahead of its time. The original showrooms were first designed in the 1950s and conceived as an “experimental laboratories” space. It was there that clients could experience modern ideas and materials in situ.
Today, their showrooms still keep an innovative approach, which has definitely helped them leading the way in terms of design trends.
Knoll motto is to connect modern design and people, to their work, their lives, and ultimately, their world. This work dynamic started back in 1938 and has been recognized internationally as effective in creating workplaces and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure. A philosophy that still helps defining design trends.
Wendell Castle was an American furniture artist, designer, sculptor, and a leading figure in American craftsmanship. He is often credited with being the father of the art furniture movement.
He was also considered a significant figure in the American Studio Furniture group, and an absolute master of important design trends that still influences the industry today, as his elegant, and whimsical works remain sought-after examples of the movement.
His pieces are characterized by their bold color and integration of a variety of different materials, including wood, fiberglass, and plastic. He has also gathered a number of awards, including a 1994 ‘Visionaries of the American Craft Movement’ award sponsored by the American Craft Museum.
Castle died on January 20, 2018 in Scottsville, NY. Today, his works can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Lindsey Adelman specialized in lighting design in 1996 and founded her studio in 2006. She lives and works in her hometown, New York City, and is driven by developing industrial modular systems to capture the ephemeral, fleeting beauty of nature.
The way Adelman first discovered Industrial Design is quite an interesting story. – She coincidently met a woman carving foam French Fries for an exhibition at her editorial job at the Smithsonian and went straight to study ID at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Today she has a studio that counts with a team of forty, and with a recent location opening in Los Angeles. In her work, she is drawn by the immaterial substance of light and is obsessed with creating forms that maximize light’s sensual effect and highlight emptiness.
Her approach to light is so unique that her work has been exhibited throughout many museums and stores – proving that – setting design trends comes from a place of originality, strong sense of identity and an incredible vision.
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