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perspectives 5 questions for kelly wearstler Founder Kelly Wearstler Studio 1 2 3 4 5 How did you get started as a designer? My mother was a designer, and she educated my eye from a young age. I went to Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where I studied interior design. I would wait tables in the evenings after my classes then go back to my studio and work into the morning. I maintain waiting tables made me a great multitasker; I switch gears quickly. Tell us about your new lighting collection with Visual Comfort. The right lighting is paramount to striking the right mood. This collection plays upon my love of geometric form, mixed metal patinas, rich texture, and thoughtful materiality. The silhouettes are designed to mix and match. I would use so many different pieces within one space. What else are you working on? I am currently at work on a new brand-Proper Hotels. Our debut property will launch in Austin [in mid-2017], followed by Hollywood and San Francisco. I have new outdoor fabric, bedding, and leather collections launching this fall, along with furniture and home accessories, and my jewelry collections inspired by architecture and incorporating my signature motifs like figural sculpture, perforation, repetition, and geometry. What influences you? Travel is hugely inspiring-it broadens the mind like nothing else. Taking risks inspires me. I want to create a sense of adventure and challenge myself. My process is one of curiosity and experimentation. I take what the client wants and run it through my filter. Being a good listener is job one. How do you keep the different facets of your business thriving? Surround yourself with an impeccable team. My studio houses so many disciplines under one roof, and the biggest challenge is finding enough hours in the day to give everything the care, love, and attention it deserves.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - September 2015

Hospitality Design - September 2015
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Places: Los Cabos
Interview: Carlos Flores
Interview: Nigel Harris
5 Questions for Kelly Wearstler
Profile: Robert Sukrachand
Trends: Abstract Art
Hospitality’s Reach
Special Feature: New York
New York Edition
Chicago Athletic Association
Graduate Madison
Indigo Bangkok
Mama Shelter Hollywood
Finest Playa Mujeres
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - September 2015