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products profile poesis design By Michael Adams Photography by John Gruen 2 1 HAND IN HAND A Connecticut couple offers total design Though they have been a seamless design pair for more than 20 years, Robert Bristow and Pilar Proffitt boast backgrounds that hardly suggest compatibility. A Richmond, Virginia, native, Bristow has a degree in English from the University of Virginia, and a family not prone to creative endeavors. Proffitt was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. Her father-"a huge influence on me," she says-was an architect and designer who worked with Buckminster Fuller and Raymond Loewy. Both paths led them to Virginia Tech to study architecture, and it was there they fell in love, married, and discovered the yin-yang of their aesthetic sensibilities. Their first collaboration was in 1995 while Proffitt was still at Virginia Tech (Bristow had graduated earlier), when she was asked to design a friend's Manhattan bed and bath store. "I suggested that Rob come in to the project to help fabricate pieces for the shop. It turned out to be a huge success." They turned to other projects suited to their partnership-eventually making it official as Poesis Design in 1999-including restaurants, caf├ęs, Hotel Ralph Pucci in Washington, DC (which features a different 1. Bristow and Proffitt launched Lakeville, Connecticut-based Poesis Design in 1999. 3 2. The Zeta table, the Mint console table, and the House of Cards table mark the duo's signature style of mixing materials. 3. The black and white dining room at the No. 9 Restaurant & Inn in Millerton, New York, contrasts with the soft textures and colors in the adjacent parlor room. designer for each floor), and the soon-toopen Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. "I describe our business as creating the envelope and everything in it," says Proffitt, an interior designer, who likes "the soft things"-fabrics, colors, pillows. As for Bristow, he turned an early aptitude for woodworking-"I was good in shop class"- into a high-end line of furniture for both residential and hospitality. The collections are mostly of furniture such as tables, beds, and sofas done in oak, walnut, teak, mahogany, pine, and reclaimed wood, as well as steel and bronze. The couple lives in Lakeville, Connecticut in a farmhouse they built; a nearby barn serves as both a studio and showroom. Besides bespoke furniture for their projects, Bristow uses his art as a problem solver. For instance, the Quirk is housed in a circa-1916 landmark building originally constructed as a department store. "In 25 rooms," says Bristow, "the windows are set very high. Pilar suggested a solution, so I created a set of steps up to the window seats to allow guests access to the windows." "I think of design as a beautiful dance," says Proffitt, "and I love to orchestrate." Their forays into hospitality are gratifying, they say, because they have the opportunity to give someone a moment when they're the happiest they've ever been. Says Proffitt: "You're in a world of possibilities." hd p oesi sd esi August 2015 065

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Hospitality Design - August 2015
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from the editor
from the show director
trends 3d printing
interview helen jorgensen
5 questions for karim rashid
profile kelly hoppen
profile poesis design
profile 13&9
profile maria cornejo
profile design by them
profile ladies & gentlemen studio
profile emerging designers
trends collaborations
trends spanish influence
special feature custom solutions
airland hotel
press hotel
hotel henriette
newport marriott
industry kitchen
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Hospitality Design - August 2015