The changing seasons bring a renewed appreciation of nature, clean rustling branches and more solitary birds. All of these signal an approaching winter. These accessories, some with a more spring-like appearance and others with a more pared-down silhouette, recreate movement or natural beauty. From decorative fire screens to sculptural accessories and charming accents, each piece will bring a little of the outdoors inside.
An established leader in the world of design, Stacy Garcia is a successful creative entrepreneur and founder of multiple business enterprises: LebaTex, Inc., a distinctive textile supplier and Stacy Garcia, Inc., a licensing firm and design house. The designer’s global lifestyle brands add a well-traveled and sophisticated edge to the ever-evolving world of fashion and interiors. Stacy was voted one of the 10 leading voices in the hospitality industry and honored by ASID for Design Excellence. Her work has been featured in Interior Design, Boutique Design, New York Spaces, LUXE, Rue Daily and Architectural Digest.
We recently had an opportunity to chat with Stacy about design, color, lighting and art.
What are key differences between residential and hotel or resort design? Typically, hotel design features larger scales and bolder colors while residential design uses a much more neutral color palette with transitional pieces that are easy to live with. With that being said, I’m seeing a lot of cross pollination between the two. Hotels are toning it down with softer colors and contemporary pieces to create a design that is more approachable and makes guests feel more at home. Residences on the other hand are turning to elevated design to give off a luxury hotel-inspired appeal that they can enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
What are your favorite color palettes and why? My favorite color palette is always changing! As a trend forecaster, I’m constantly looking ahead to see what colors will be influential in upcoming years, and that determines the palette that I use when developing products. Right now, I’m in to variations of nature-inspired greens paired with earthy tones and neutrals, influenced by the botanical trend. This trend focuses on greenery infused spaces with plant inspired products as our desire to become more closely connected with nature grows.
How do you layer in lighting and art into the overall room design? I look at lighting and art as similar accents in a room to add in elements of personality into a space. I absolutely love utilizing sculptural lighting because not only does it light up the room, but it also functions as a beautiful art piece. Choosing artwork that complement the lighting’s style will reinforce the look you’re going for while adding fun pops of color to your space.
Mark McDowell is an artist and designer who thrives on the classic, is obsessed by nature and is seduced by the beauty in the details. Mark’s Japanese heritage influences his design in taking a mindful approach to his aesthetic, transcending convention and the ordinary. Now, enhancing his impressive collections of exclusive furniture and lighting designs for John-Richard, Mark is returning to his love of painting.
Although Mark was formally trained at KCAI and the Columbus School of Art & Design, he is primarily self-taught and tells stories of how he started his sculpting “career” at the age of three, sculpting wild animals such as bears out of mud. He remembers as a child sitting in a field at his farm and painting the local landscape, never mindlessly ‘drawing, there was intent in everything he did. Expect if you’re talking to Mark and ask him to explore or elaborate on any given subject he will often respond with, “here, let me draw it for you”.
We asked Mark to speak about what inspires him when painting and the contrast between designing product and creating art.
How does creating art differ from designing product? A spark of inspiration starts it all. Product is three dimensional and utilitarian, art is two dimensional and for visual enjoyment. You must consider spatial relations when designing furniture and lighting and its primary function. Art is all about creating a composition within a particular format and its primary function is to please the eye. Art develops itself and is creating itself in the moment. Designing product is a process, it’s creative but strategic as well. It also takes teamwork and study. Painting is just me in that moment.
Did you paint before and how have you evolved as an artist? I have always painted and was an artist before becoming a product designer. Illustration and painting are my true loves when it comes to art. It was and is the foundation of everything I do. I am old school and still do everything manually. We are all a reflection and product of our times, as the world changes, we change.
What inspires you when you paint? It is like an interactive dance, zoning out and going with the flow. Applying paint, removing paint, working up close, working far away, mark making, the combination of color and scale, and the actual application are all inspiring to me. Not ever allowing the art to become too precious that it cannot morph and change. Being brave and trusting your instincts. The dynamic of the process inspires me. That I know that people are getting enjoyment and appreciation from my art is inspiring.
Some of Mark’s exceptional new art works have also been featured on his furniture designs. The painting ‘Solstice’, an abstract interpretation of a summer storm bathed in shades of the sea, also graces the door fronts of the Solstice Sideboard. The set of Wall Panels with a unique collage of cirus gold mirror are also seen on the Cumulus Cabinet.
Bathing Beauty, the term the magazine uses to describe this master bathroom retreat is an apt one. The John-Richard Maxwell Sofa Console takes center stage in this modern, elegant space. The console has a slender steel frame finished in old gold and features three tempered glass shelves. The designer has beautifully styled the piece with plush towels and accessories.