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Interview by Lauren Mang
FRCH's creative managing director for its Resource Design Studio works her magic via fabrics,
flooring and beyond, taking environments to the next level. Just think of her as the material girl.
How did that translate into working for retail?
My five-year program at the University of
Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture,
Art and Planning (DAAP) had a cooperative education program that allowed us
to experience various industries while we
were still in school. The world of retail
design had high energy, creative spaces,
fast-paced projects and every day you're
surrounded by a world of design talent.
What one-time Lori Kolthoff
fashion mistake was most
"In the 1980s, I could do big hair like
nobody's business. I look back at
pictures and realize I held on to that
[style] a little too long!"
Why are materials so important?
Branding products used within a space
have always been desirable. 2-D; 3-D; dye
sublimation on glass, metal, wood, and
organic or manmade materials are technologies that allow us to take ordinary
products and make them ownable.
How do you choose materials for
The secret is using materials appropriately. Know what products you're bringing
to the table, understand them and celebrate them as you create with them.
How do you celebrate them?
"Design is the appropriate combination
of materials in order to solve a problem,"
is one of my favorite quotes by Charles
Eames. Knowing what materials can do
whether they provide scale, texture, color
or a pattern to meet the conceptual intent
is important. But knowing how they evoke
an emotional response when they interact and complete the design makes them
special. The celebration comes when the
Printing advancements have
changed a lot for retail in recent
years. What are your thoughts on
3-D printing technology?
3-D printing is amazing technology that
has just begun to touch the future of many
industries, including the military, automotive and NASA. There are artisans experimenting with 3-D printers, developing new
materials such as sand-like products, plastics and molten stainless steel - printed
in mid-air. Soon we'll be able to create and
print furniture, hardware, lighting and even
What three objects are always on
your desk at work?
Anyone who knows me knows that three
items would never be an option. Let's put
it this way, I prefer a lot of energy at my
fingertips all the time. I see it as organized
C our te sy of fr C H De si gn Wo r l DWi De , C in C i nn ati .
What drew you to interior design?
My father worked for Mead Paper, so as a
girl I had a limitless stack of blank paper
at my disposal. I also had a kindergarten
teacher who predicted I would be creative
and rewarded all my work. Through this
reinforcement, I developed a lens of being
able to visualize. When it came time for
college, I applied to the interior design program, allowing me to bring artistic value to
a blank piece of paper.
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