Design Chicago 2011 was held at the Merchandise Mart yesterday and today with a line up of great interior designers. I had the opportunity to see Juan Montoya's seminar and Kathryn Ireland's wonderful presentation. Both were very inspiring and delightful to meet in person. Juan's work ranges from Modern clean lines to Mediterranean with a close attention to every detail. I have to say what stuck with me most was not only his jaw dropping designs but how he uses texture in every space. Through out the slideshow he pointed out his use of texture within every project. Whether it was a soft cashmere throw or a rocky stone wall, his spaces play with our senses. There are a few images of his work below.
Kathryn Ireland on the other hand is completely opposite but in a great way. She has such a lovable and warm personality. She told many stories about her clients (aka Steve Martin) and how her life progressed as an interior designer which was inspiring to me just starting out in the business. I have admired her textiles and use of color since I started designing, so to meet her in person was "brilliant" as the English would say. What inspired me most about her presentation was her value of antiques and re-purposing materials. You do not always need to go buy a new piece of furniture for the room to look great. Frankly, some antiques have better quality. The old can be new again and I admire designers who have that philosophy. Her new book is a must buy as well, called Summers in France and you can buy it here at amazon. She goes through the years of her home in France and includes great recipes as well!