Aha Moment

6 years ago
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Last week, as part of Blogfest 2012, we heard Newell Turner and "next wave designers" Michael Herold, Jill Goldberg, and Jon Call describe the "Aha!" moments they encountered and created in their work.  House Beautiful challenged us bloggers and designers to write about our own "Aha!" moments as designers.
 
I have been doing this for a long time so there have been many ‘Aha!’ moments.  I think one can have an ‘Aha’ on every job when they find just that certain something that makes everything come together and makes the client beam with happiness.  Happy clients are my goal! 
 
The photograph below is from a long standing client’s dining room.  The home was under construction and the clients were in London when I received a call that they had purchased a set 81 aquatints by Karl Bodmer (1809-1893). The paintings and sketches constitute a unique visual survey of the American frontier of that day. They follow Maximilian and Bodmer across the United States and some three thousand miles up theMissouri, through the domain of the Sioux, Manans, and Hidatsas, Blackfeet, Assiniboins, and other tribes. They depict landscapes, river views, natural history studies, and views of cities and settlements, as well as Indian portraits and related scenes of aboriginal life.  My challenge was how to frame and place them in their home.  The majority are in this dining room and they were thrilled when the saw the room – a real “Aha Moment!”.

Vining Design Associates
 
  Vining Design Associates

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