Designer & Architect Roundtable with Houzz

Last night I attended a riveting Designer and Architect Roundtable hosted by Houzz at the Design Within Reach in Potrero Hill.

The panel consisted of three Interior Designers and two Architects and we threw at them questions about design trends, Architect and Designer collaboration, and how the Internet has changed the design industry. Here are some of the takeaways…

Positive Trends

  • A trend towards modernism and mid-century design (as an owner of a mid-century modern home, I openly embrace this one!)
  • Clean, traditional design (i.e. not stodgy, overly ornate design)

Not-so-great Trends out there right now

  • Poorly laid out solar panels – a better solution might be getting back to basics like site orientation, larger overhangs and other energy conserving methods
  • “Rustic modern” – faux beams and dishonesty in structural elements

Architect & Interior Designer collaboration
Interior designer Martha Angus said it best when she referred to a successful project collaboration with an Architect where each person’s scope was clearly spelled out from the very beginning. The other panelists agreed, chiming in that “it’s all about communication”. Just like any successful relationship in life!

Clients should embrace?
ART! Exciting art doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can define a room.  If you’re in need of art inspiration, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason is currently exhibiting Lure: Bay Area Artists Explore the Sea from June 15 – August 15, 2013, which brings together works by local artists who reference the sea as inspiration in creating art.