GT: Who in the field of design (or any field for that matter) inspires you and why?
SL: Dries van Noten, fashion designer, for his integration of textiles, history and his imagination with craft techniques. Pae White, mixed-media artist, from the tiny to the enormous: Ceramic Popcorn to a crinkled aluminum tapestry curtain she created for the Oslo Opera House. Jennifer Steinkamp, installation artist, for environment and motion in the 3-dimensional experience. I want to create a residence with her work in every room, expressing the emotion of that function within a home!
GT: What is the first room or building you remember falling in love with?
SL: Kalmann House by architect Luigi Snozzi, c. 1976, on Lake Maggiore in Ticino, Switzerland. I’m inspired by the Swiss-German thought process of bringing the outside in, and their intent to consider ease of function for the plan of a home environment.
GT: Did this space or building influence your career choice?
SL: Yes, I chose residential design so I could affect the way people experience space in their everyday life!
GT: If not, when was it you knew you were destined to be a designer?
SL: When I entered the halls of the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech. They considered all approaches to the craft of materials as design and architecture. They could see architecture in the weave structure of a textile.
GT: Do you have a signature design element that you find yourself using time and again?
SL: Tall doors, drapery from the floor to the ceiling, symmetry, uniquely crafted fine art furniture…
GT: Tell me about your personal design philosophy.
SL: A clear architectural language sets the stage for elegance in design, and also serves as a consistent backdrop for the daily three-dimensional experience of “Home.”
These next 10 questions originally came from a French series, "Bouillon de Culture" hosted by Bernard Pivot. They are better known as the questions that James Lipton asks every guest at the end of "Inside the Actor's Studio.” We have tweaked them just a bit to be relevant to design:
GT: What is your favorite design word?
GT: What is your least favorite design word?
"I’m inspired by the Swiss-German thought process of bringing the outside in, and their intent to consider ease of function for the plan of a home environment." —Suzanne Lovell
GT: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally about design?
SL: The flow of generating ideas around an architectural material palette of the interior that carries into fabrics and textures, creating a consistent, precise experience.
GT: What turns you off?
SL: Copying a style or period room
GT: What is your favorite curse word when on a project?
GT: What sound or noise when a client visits a project do you love?
GT: What sound or noise when a client visits a project do you hate?
GT: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
GT: What profession would you not like to do?
GT: If Heaven exists, what style of room would you like God to escort you to when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
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