Do Enough Blog Articles Create More Insult than Quality Information About the Design Industry?

Do Enough Blog Articles Create More Insult than Quality Information About the Design Industry?

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I seldom get so upset that I go out of my way to make such a strong point on something I’ve read on the internet. But! In this particular case, it was a very strong headline of a blog article that was posted on my LinkedIn  timeline which caught my attention.  The fact that I’ve been in the interior design industry so long and know the struggles as much as I do the rewards.  It went like this: “How to Create Stunning Social Media Graphics Without Hiring a Professional Designer
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Vote Below: What do you think?

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Should Blog Articles Make Graphic Design Seem Like it is as easy as Ordering a Fast-Food Dish?
I think anyone can do it!
It depends on the quality and honesty of the article
It is a Career that Takes Skill! We should respect that!
I Really don't Care Either way!

 

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I believe I could safely assume that a good portion Graphic Design Professionals and students; as well as Artists, Interior Designers, Architects, etc … who’ve seen this title, would (more…)

The beauty of Etched Glass for Interior Design

The beauty of Etched Glass for Interior Design

Etched Glass in Interior Design

The art of etching glass is a sincerely beautiful and wonderful addition to most interior design projects. It can augment the designers theme and add elegance to the interior and exterior architectural structure.



Etched glass | Interior Deswign

A brief historical outline:

The roots of glass can be traced to Egypt and the spawning of its in inspiration can be found in Czech and Celtic regions in about the 12th-13th century.

Glass etching is said to date back to around the 1500s. With the invention of diamond points, etching had progressed into a trend of decorating mirrors for wealthy aristocrats .



Antique etched glass

  The next notable progression of glass etching techniques began around the 1700′s , starting with copper wheel engraving.




Chinese glass

The next major improvement to the development of this craft was  acid etching in the mid 1800′s.




 latat-glass

  The quality and technique of the art work was elevated to a higher level of exquisiteness and wonder. In the 1900′s,    the use of sandblasting and molds, as well as combine crafting techniques learned and honed over the centuries…  raised the bar of this craft into the stratosphere of exquisite elegance .




 

Techniques that are commonly used:

  • Acid etching
  • Glass etching
  • Mold etching | Abrasive sandblasting
  • Leptat glass

 



My personal favorite techniques to use in interior design are shaded and carved. Please see the example images.



carved

 

   Lastly, if your client is on a budget…window film can produce a fairly nice effect from a distance, but it produces a better frost effect, similar to that which is produced by    sandblasting



window film









Thank you for reading. Please leave your remarks below.

Kind Regards

Deli LaBarck

A Day in Decor Paradise. Come: Crystal Design Center

A Day in Decor Paradise. Come: Crystal Design Center

Interior Decoration

Full One Stop Solution to all your Interior Design Needs

 

For one to know just how serene the surroundings are and yet;  at the same time , experience the ever present  exhilaration  that electrifies ones’ being with pure excitement: YOU MUST be present at Crystal Design Center  to know!

The daytime hours are like a walk in a serene wonderland park… with ample places to sit and sip a great cup of coffee or to eat a great breakfast or lunch before  proceeding  into the vast interiors of CDC. The evening hours bring a magical romantic feel  that is reminiscent of a stroll through NY’s plush upper Manhattan. Wonderful lighting that entices the eyes, the smell of great food, children with their parents, young couples and  the grown ups  that represent different parts of the globe …all move about like a very pleasant,  well-written symphony and peacefully, without a care in the world and sporting smiles. As it should be.

If I start listing the places that have extraordinary delicious food and that have fine spirits, I’d have to take up more than one blog post.  So, let’s suffice to say,  it is filled with a multitude of avenues that provide the heartiest of choices for every pallet and personality. As an example “Wine, I Love U” is always sporting a waiting line of willing wine lovers, romantics and families, especially on the weekends. The beer garden does equally as well for those who love the taste of a great heady and hearty brew with a frosty mug.

Wondering if you can have a small peek at CDC?  Then, have a look at CDC on Pinterest! Wondering how to get to CDC?  Then, have a look at the map. Finally, want to see that Mega Center Layout so you can plan your trip? Then, see CDC’s Center Layout here.

CDC is truly the A-Z of interior or exterior decor products. You name it, they have it! If it’s not on site…the Service Solution Team can most likely find it for you. Not only get it,but at the best savings possible. So, you’re asking what is a Service Solution team? Well! Just as it sounds…they provide a free service and find the solution to all your home or business needs when it come to renovation or design. CDCSS works with many of the top Interior Design Firms, Free-lance designers, builders,land developers, real estate companies, architects, 3-6 star hotels and more. Service solution is a life saver, as well as a big time saver for our clients. We find the products our clientele need and negotiate the best pricing. And,provide the best quality service in SE Asia. Not a professional? No problem! CDC treats all clientele the same….Like VIPs. Whether your a walk-in, call-in. a professional company or a professional independent free-lancer. Crystal Design Center’s Service Solution team is like a Swiss Army Knife on steroids! Yet, the CDCSS team are far from being intimidating  as the prior sentence sounds. The service Solution team is a true breath of fresh air. They truly care and go that extra distance to make sure their clients are happy.

 

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Finally, CDC by itself  is an ever evolving , always hip and thee place to be! Call Mr Deli LaBarck (2nd from left in the above photo) for help in English

at 66+86 7118520 or 66+ 62 1015919

Call Mr Patana CDCSS: VP (Far right in the above photo) for help in Thai 66+62 1015792 or Khun Plaa (sourcing support leader) at 66+840761848

 

Thai Furniture

Display of the very best in locale Thai Design

 

Crystal Design Center Service Solution Staff

Our Proud Sales and sourcing team at Service Solutions

 

Locale Thai Design on Display

The best in Thai Design

 

Arper: Interior Design Luxury and Style for Bangkok.Part 2

Arper: Interior Design Luxury and Style for Bangkok.Part 2

What and Who is Arper?

“Today Arper is capable of interpreting the requests and trends of
an international market with a sophisticated contemporary pareddown
style translated into timeless universal forms suitable for
every setting, whether residential or contract.”

Arper. Italian Design

 

Company Growth chart

Arper is an Italian company creating furniture systems for homes, offices and the contract sector.
Arper is the result of an entrepreneurial project that grew out of an artisan leather workshop in 1989.
From 2000 onwards, thanks to its distinctive design, research  into materials, process innovation and service quality, Arper has experienced constant growth in business and its organizational structure.

 

Catifa is the original: the inspiration that extends to Arper itself.
The graceful curved seat and sleek profile are the ultimate synthesis:
conceptual purity is achieved through the reduction of the superfluous
without loss of sensuality.

Catifa Series

Design by Arper Italy

Arper’s design philosophy is the distillation of diverse inspiration.
Forms, structure and colors inspired by nature, contemporary art,
classic mid-century modern design, experience, comfort and
usability.

 

organization enables Arper to: — adopt differentiated technologies linked to the development  of a specific project                 — carry out research into innovative materials and techniques  — dispatch orders with minimal delivery times
— optimize management of the numerous versions available and of customizations upon request.

 

 

 

For those interested in Arper. Call me personally and let me introduce it to your senses.    Call Deli at 086 7118520 and let me introduce you to their full line.

Stick around and visit us often as we review Arper in More Detail.

 

Building and Design Getting You Down in Thailand?

Building and Design Getting You Down in Thailand?

If your experiences in building, designing or renovating a residential or commercial property in Thailand have been less then happy…Or your currently in the process of planning any of the prior…then, please read on.

 

For the readers who may be a  potential clients and/or new to Thailand, I’m providing you with some useful insight and a different perspective on these frustrating issues, which can help you to avoid those unwanted paths to nowhere.  I try to outline some of  the cultural thinking involved and accepted work ethics attached at some  levels withing the Thailand Building and Design Industry. I offer an honest look at  “how”, many companies and their clients  fall prey to the very same issues. And, I do my best to answer some of those questions or complaints I hear about far too often…”Why is the work so poorly done?” Why is it so difficult to get things done on schedule?” and “How can I better avoid such issues to begin with”?

 

Firstly, it helps to understand that the  issues are on both sides of the fence.  If we start with ourselves  and mirror  that  respect and understanding of how deep rooted cultural thinking  is, it can help us bit on our quest for answers.  Another thing we should consider are the standards we ourselves live by within our own countries /cultures and what we personally deem as being acceptable in terms of quality and service. Should the whole world or every culture think the same as our own?  What  do we ourselves consider to be  acceptable reactions to a problem and how do we resolve such issues within our own cultures?   Will the same reactions work in Thailand?  Don’t convince yourself  that they will!  These differences in cultural thinking, acceptable work ethics in quality and how to handle issues correctly (in the worst case scenario) can have devastating outcomes.  Not understanding the differences in our thinking. Your personal expectations exceeding the cultural reality. Believing that that everything is less expensive in Thailand. Making comparisons in quality based on one’s own culture. All of these things are easier said than done. In short, for most of us it’s like trying to write left handed when we are right handed. Awkward! Hard to change! So let’s understand some of the underlying facts first.

 

 Most small to medium size building companies hire building laborers are from the deeper country areas on the outskirts of all Thailand’s major tourist / business areas.  Many of them work for very small wages and have very little skill or education. Many work hard all day at physical labor jobs.  They can often make more money in the city areas like Bangkok.  Although, it’s still very little in most cases.  So, If they want to take off in the middle of a job because you yelled at them…they simply disappear to the country side…never to be found again.

In some ways they are thought of or often treated at the same level as illegal Mexican migrant workers in the states.  Employers say: Do what you can,  show up tomorrow and make me money!  On the flip side,  from my experience…most legal or illegal migrant workers have greater pride in their work regardless of their circumstance, because the want to keep their job, get citizenship someday and because of the difficulty in finding work.  They always live by the hope that they’ll find good employers that treat their staff well, provide legal paperwork, housing and respect, etc. In short, they  probably have a higher percentage of  greater opportunities, than uneducated Thai National laborers do.

It should also be noted that Thai society is still largely based on seniority such as age, title in society, income level, etc…the cultural thinking is far different than it is in many western countries. Especially where laws are made to protect from the laborers, to clients and to the business owner. In most  cases western countries usually enforce their laws with quick results due to stringent State guidelines and the fear of  higher insurance rates for employers and businesses, etc.  All this should be understood by a client when they want to hire at low labor pricing.  It’s far better to pay for quality builders from the start.  If you can’t afford it…break your project into smaller parts rather than doing it all at once.  If you do not approach your project in  the right way, it will usually end up getting you more frustrated without producing any positive results. Most likely,  costing you more time and money.

 

Secondly, as I mentioned already, it’s  important to debunk the myth that things are cheaper inThailand. While some things are less expensive (like local products),  you usually get what you pay for. To be more precise:  the largest costs are in terms of quality imported decor products. Especially, well know brands. Brands with high-end designer names attached.  Normally, you pay far more than you would in your own county. This is because of laws (locally and abroad) and import taxes / VAT,  as well as the costs  for proper documentation and procedures from local government offices. The second largest costs generally come from the client trying to save money on labor, products  and on hiring the wrong  people and companies. Unfortunately, far too  many Expats think all of Thailand is JJ Market. Negotiate…negotiate…negotiate the pricing!  Wrong!  It’s better you (the client) knows all the facts, rather than what you’d like to hear!  While sugar is sweet, it can be used to disguise the sour facts! Such sweetness and hiding the facts usually cost the client more in the end.

 

Lastly, try to understand What I coin as the “Beaver Syndrome”. Try to do so without frustrating yourself with time spent on finding the logic. The Beaver Syndrome is where the planned project is like a log of wood. The profit is the wood the beavers eat themselves. The beavers are most of those involved on the project from the bottom up. Finally, what ever little piece of wood remains after all the beavers feast upon it becomes the actual budget they will use to build your dream with. Far too often there is less remaining for the part of the budget for the labor and the building materials needed or padding for mistakes than what the clients actually thought. Sad, but true.

When the work begins on your lovely design…remember to pay for high-level experienced builders ( if quality is the concern). Don’t think saving a pound/buck/baht  or two will make you the smart one here!

 

 

 

Think Listen trust and learn

 

In closing,  please be assured that this was not meant to be a negative article about Thailand or the Thai Nationals.  Both Thailand and its people are very nice, kind and fun to be around . I personally love Thailand.  This is simply meant as an education about what to look out for and  avoid. To have a greater level of forgiveness and respect  to entry level Thai laborers based on facts, their pay scale, etc… rather than making a comparison to ones own country.  Your better off  to hire those who have the skill. Especially in working with foreigners.  I know from experience and the school of  hard knocks. Pay for the right people and don’t be cheap. Budget correctly so that you’ll be happy with your home, business  and investment.

Kind Regards

Deli

Founder Interior Passion Co LTD

086 7118520(local) business mobile…. if abroad call 66867118520

If you or someone you know are good and ethical builders, craftsman, tradesman and suppliers…please do contact me. We always need and in search of more of the prior!

Arper: Taking The World & Thailand by the Most Graceful of Storms! Interior Designers…Pay Close Attention to Perfection!Part 1

Arper: Taking The World & Thailand by the Most Graceful of Storms! Interior Designers…Pay Close Attention to Perfection!Part 1

Firstly, I’m sure that many retailers think similar when many new suppliers of contract office furniture come knocking on the door. Many representatives are stuck selling furnishings for the office, home or big contract deals and trying to sell it as something unique and as product that can stand up to daily commercial use. In almost all cases this falls quite short of the facts.

ARPER 1 Movie -Short

Secondly, I should make clear that to sell in such a competitive local market like Thailand; you better come knocking with something worth seeing and with something that fits the bill, especially when dealing on contract deals for hotels, resorts, restaurants, offices and so on. Unfortunately, many reps show up with either poor copies of what already has existed in terms of design, over-priced products for the commercial contract market or cheap knock offs from China that never hold up to high traffic commercial use.

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The Importance of Color in the Psychology of Interior Design

The Importance of Color in the Psychology of Interior Design

Don’t Fear! I will not step away from reviewing designers, architects or engineers and the beautiful art they produce. I will however, branch out to other readers and take suggestions from those who may write me. One such need had arisen by way of a design student who was doing an internship with Interior Passion Co LTD. I’d seen great potential in their creativity, however their ability to choose colors or blend materials and patterns was lacking severely. To be honest, this is quite normal in almost every student I meet. Even myself when I entered the starting gate!  SHHHHHHH. Be very quiet! I will deny everything!

While the art of creating harmony, tension and a flora of other emotions through the proper use of colors is essential for an Interior Designer’s skill-sets, there are still many others to be understood that are beyond the scope of this article. Ones that can either augment or degrade those choices of color you’ve put together. For now however, we’ll just stick with the very basics of color for this particular post.

How our Brain Processes color

Of course, color is an art onto itself. Some people are lucky enough to be born with an eye for interweaving different colors into an extremely pleasant design. On the other hand, it is essential for Interior Design students to know the science behind what works and what doesn’t. The rest of us that are not bless with the gift of intuition or lack education in design, need to at least know the very basics. Especially, when pursuing a little Do-it-yourself design.  But on the bright side, we’re much luckier than the digital art, printing and photo processing professionals who need to know a vast amount more than we do.  So let’s move forward on onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

We can start by splitting color into its 3 basic attributes.

  • Hue or Color
  • Value or Lightness
  • Chroma or Saturation

Certainly a color wheel will help us out here. The color wheel is a very useful tool for teachers to explain the art of design.  We’ve got 12 colors in our basic color chart.

For me, it’s easy to think of hue as the variant of a specific color measured in increments, much like you see in Photoshop.

Value can be thought of as the Level tool in Photoshop. Slight increments of white are added to (more…)

Who is the Exquisite Verner Panton? Part 1

Who is the Exquisite Verner Panton? Part 1

 

Panton Vitra

The first in-your-face impressions of Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) are his genuinely unique designs and  the uncanny ability to translate his imagination into world-class works of art. I feel confident to say that  all of his works inspire most observers. They also augment, if not showcase  a well designed room.

In writing this, I find it difficult to express my opinions about such an inspirational man in the past tense. He is one of the kings of engineering and designing meaningful furnishings, lighting and decor items.  When I look at his pieces on my stroll through the design center I consult for, I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to speak with him face to face. To know some of his thought processes and how he approached his concepts in design.

I love to watch designers as they walk through the Vitra showroom in Bangkok, Thailand and imagine that the magnetic intrigue for Verner Panton’s creations are the same in every Vitra or Herman Miller showroom across the globe.  It’s clear that Verner Pantons genius has and will continue to transcend its way through generations of aspiring design students and clients.  It  humbly reminds me that “admiration” is too small a word to use with this name.

It was his childhood dream of having a room filled with colorful cushions that gave us a small glimpse into the blooming of his natural thinking process. Something he shared on Swedish TV prior to his death in 1998.  Another insight to his creative mindset was displayed in a controversial theme that was shot by Brian Duffy in 1970 for a photo series on The Panton Chair. A beautiful model (Amanda Lear) posed for a series of synced photos, ending up nude by the last frame. It was known as “How to Undress in Front of your Husband” ad.  It was a very risky move for its time, to say the least.

 

The two mainly rooted influences of young Verner Panton’s beginnings were Poul Henningsen (known for his lighting designs) and Arne Jacobsen (Danish Architect who Younger Verner Panton (more…)

Vitra Office 2011 and Alberto Meda

Vitra Office 2011 and Alberto Meda

Yes! Say the name Alberto Meda and search his designs. Exquisite style and taste is all you’ll find behind every design he has brought to the international décor universe. Enter the collaboration between Vitra and Mr. Meda.  Isn’t this what Vitra does well above all else?

Vitra Meda Chairs

They’ve consistently paired themselves with some of the very best designers in the industry; produce the design with the very best materials for style and longevity while remaining true to the company’s success formula since 1957.

 

The Interior Design communities who follow the great designers, engineers and architects that tease their artistic visions, passions and desires, can only hope for more collaboration between the two. Of course, this may very well be my own thinking amongst the masses but I sincerely doubt it.

 

Vitra’s new office collections for 2011 have up it another notch in the Vitra Universe with some fabulous well thought out designs, choices of designers and quality of materials while focusing on environmentally friendly manufacturing; a trend that

 

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