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Checking Out Interview by Steve Carly Kaufman Hagedon Alex Stark The architect-turned-feng shui-consultant helps clients choose locations, remain creative and avoid disruptions. topic irdconline.com So it's not about moving the chairs around and bringing in plants? It can be. Feng shui is the study of how the energy of our environment affects us. It uses design as one of its tools. But there are other tools that are not design-related, like rituals and energetic interventions. Feng Shui at IRDC What will your IRDC presentation focus on? How to promote continuous creative effort despite creative disruption. Creative disruption? A jarring and complete disruption from the norm. A life-changer. Amazon is a creative disruption. Not a good thing? Too much creative disruption can undermine the fundamentals of your business. If everybody is disrupting, you can't have organization. How do you create an environment that fosters creativity, evolution and development without undermining core systems? Feng shui can help? Feng shui is so old, it has seen these cycles over and over again. Why not learn from it? Why not create processes that allow us to move more smoothly through necessary changes? 68 JuLY 2015 | vmsd.com What drew you to the study? Actually, it's part of my multicultural DNA. I was born in Peru to a Swiss father and a Peruvian mother in a mining area - 13,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains. And I grew up in Lima, attending the American School. My mother wanted us to learn English. A little of everything. There were so many things going on in the brain of a 15-year-old, from llamas in the mountains of Peru to shaking the hand of the prince in Lichtenstein Castle. Is feng shui practiced in Peru? There was everything in Peru. Though it's a Catholic country, there are still shamanistic rituals in the mountains and jungles. What were your pre-feng shui career highlights? I studied architecture and art history at Yale, and I was creative director at PriMedia, when it published glossy consumer magazines like New York and Seventeen. How did feng shui become part of your life? Someone handed me a flier about a Peruvian shaman set to appear in New York. He turned out to be an old schoolmate of mine. He exposed me to a whole new way of thinking about life, the spiritual component of reality. Later, I apprenticed in feng shui at the University of Reading in the U.K., which ran one of the first feng shui institutes. Have any retailers embraced feng shui? Many. For example, we consult Whole Foods Market on store design and site selection. Feng shui has the tools to look at a particular site, analyze the lay of the land, the water and vegetation, who lives there, the history of the area, the traffic patterns. In a particular site, the opportunity to succeed might be diminished because the slope of the territory is going the wrong way or because there's an electrical power station within 500 feet. And if the site's not conducive? We can introduce corrections, though, in some cases, they need to forget the site and start elsewhere. We've all seen this a lot. Stores that don't work in particular locations, no matter who occupies them.  S co tt M cfar li n , c ulv e r c it y, c ali f. How misunderstood is feng shui? Many people think they're hiring a decorator. At first, everyone wanted the little water fountain and the bamboo. http://www.irdconline.com http://www.vmsd.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of VMSD - July 2015

VMSD - July 2015
Contents
From the Editor
Vmsd Editorial Advisory Board
The Goods
Next Store
Visual Vanguards
Babes in Toyland
Northern Exposure
Showroom
Showroom
Ad Index
Checking Out

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