Carnegie works hard to find artisan creatives to work with. I started the day with a trip to the studio of Erik Bruce. A truely fascinating place where craft meets exploration. Lucky enough to spend some time with Erik himself, it was amazing to hear from someone who clearly has such intense passion for such a specific area (from an outsiders view)—window treatments. In the space where fashion, art and architecture meet, the focus on the traditional techniques being blended with contemporary design, texture interplay and light are the key considerations where the main goal is to frame a view with the softness of a textile. Erik also wins the quote of the day award with something we should all keep in mind, whether in design or not, "if you can't hide it, feature it."
Heading back to the office, I then got to sit in on a lunch an learn—a demonstration CEU (customer education unit), aimed at helping clients understand key features and the importance of safe, clean and environmentally friendly fabrics. These are available as live webinars currently, and will soon be recorded and available on demand—a great resource for anyone interested in this industry.
The afternoon was then spent on two quick creative projects focused around the continued development of the Xorel Artform system, and another around a promotional exercise for a released pattern. Once again, great to get those creative juices flowing and use some post-its (Carnegie knows a thing or two about postits as the OG's of the post-it wars).