A quote today…

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.   
―     Leonardo da Vinci

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Todays quote

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. 
―     Theodore Roosevelt

Design: It starts with an idea

We all know that a good idea needs to be nurtured to make it a great idea. It takes time, frustration, time, research, time, start again, time, research, time, frustration, time! And then you have it. A great design. And it works!

Great design can stem from the craziest idea. A flower, a shell, a can, a tent, a piece of wood, rust, a screwed up piece of paper… Then it takes time turning that into a workable, functional design. See https://globaldinteriors.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/cheeky-fact-burj-khalifa-dubai/

For example, I read yesterday an article about car design, below is a snippet:

Of course, the automotive world has moved on a bit in five decades. The present design director, Ian Callum, went through quite a few pencils to create the F-Type’s basic shape. Then he and his 40-strong team took four years and half a million computer drawings to bring the E-Type’s spiritual successor to production.

The result is a car made using Jaguar’s class-leading “architecture” that eschews heavy, rust-prone steel in favour of glued and riveted aluminium – 50 per cent of which is said to be recycled – to create a body that is the stiffest convertible in the Jaguar line-up, yet which weighs just 260kg.

I have always said, sketch 50 ideas, screw them up and sketch 50 more. The last 50 will always be much better !

Thanks

Kelly

When it rains, look for rainbows

Todays quote

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
―     Albert Einstein

A quote for the day

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.  
―     W.C. Fields

Interior Design: Restaurants

It’s undeniable that good food is good food no matter the location. You can be ordering takeout from that Vietnamese restaurant down the block or enjoying a meal at the top of the Burj Khalifa, but it’s the connection between a room’s atmosphere and what’s on your plate that provides you with an elevated — and memorable — dining experience.

One aspect of dining out that is becoming increasingly essential to the experience is a restaurant’s interior design. So, what kind of work goes into a quality establishment’s design? Initially, one may assume it’s all paint colours and pretty artwork, but really, there’s much more to it. The entire aesthetic vision is considered. We talk a lot about things that we have no real input on, things like food presentation, menu design, music, service styles, etc… to ensure that everything that the guest experiences is consistent. Everything a customer experiences should hold the same message. When something is off, people can feel it. You may not be able to pick it out, but you can sense it.

Our skill set extends well beyond colour consultations. We are involved with the health and safety of restaurant design, the functional layout for production and dining and how the atmosphere is then communicated to the customers. We pull together the little details that are often forgotten, but are most often what finish the room.

It’s about understanding the psychology of the experience you are trying to create…. It’s why you are seeing big chains like Earls, McDonald’s and Starbucks reinventing their interior design.

So, does interior design really have to coincide with a menu? Well, it wouldn’t make much sense walking into Una (Italian Restaurant), only to find out that all they serve is shawarma, would it? No. You, as a diner, would feel a bit out of place. The room always has to complement the food and vice versa.

Next time you’re out for dinner at one of your favourite restaurants, take a look around — from the floors, to the walls, to the ceilings, to your fork — and ask yourself: “What do I love about this place?”

Thanks

Kelly

When it rains, look for rainbows

How Perfectly Idyllic

Peaceful. Beautiful. Inspirational. Perfect.

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Any of these would do 😉

Share your favorite’s!!

Thanks

Kel

When it rains, look for rainbows

Images taken from: Google images