What do you see as on trend for 2010?
"There are many trends but here are a few that I see going strong in 2010.
A new beginning, showing optimism and progress with intelligent features that do all the thinking for you. Everything from faucets to fireplaces with high-tech traits that make it so stylishly simple in terms of looks and usability. Water faucets with streamlined features with sensitive-to-touch screen technology that will preset your ideal water temperature and control your water usage, making your bathroom environmentally responsible while stylishly chic.
Ode to Nature
From staircases to shower stalls I am seeing nature-inspired decorative graphics abound. Concrete staircases sporting a meandering tree branch graphic motif. Incorporating all things natural, architectural and sustainably designed into one ultra-modern Zen package.
Craftsmanship is treasured.
Earth’s Elements: Natural colors drawn from plants, minerals and soil, such as under-ripe olives, yellow ochre, iron oxide and tarnished gold. Pale earth tones mixed in are used on shiny surfaces such as reflective lacquered white sand, patent pale avocado and burnished metals.
Illusion: The atmospheric light-enhanced tones of watery blue-grays such as the “Castle Walls” color used in the Encore penthouse. Translucent and fluid cloud colors of smoky steel grays grounding this palette are vermillion red and horizon brown.
Cityscape: A sharp modern palette made up of flesh, silver, deep purples, water aqua, navy blue and a very pale apple green.
There is no doubt that the livability of our planet will continue to dictate a new design framework for us all.
Who are some of your design icons ?
My tastes are a wild mix! Warren Platner, Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Ames, Andre Putman for their attention to detail and modern simplicity. Sister Parish and Jamey Drake for their use of color and putting things together that they love and not because they match. Barry Dixon, Barclay Butera and Ralph Lauren for their sophisticated yet relaxed blend of timeless design. Thomas O’Brien and Kelly Wearstler for their edgy luxurious design and Barbara Barry for her paired-down elegance.
Tip: Take your time and buy quality -- you will love it forever! From area rugs to upholstered goods, relentlessly seek out quality. Remember, quality provides a richness and depth that cannot be duplicated."