Why do architects and designers make the choices they do? this is a question we ask each year when we put together our special Prestige Lifestyle issue. one of our most important goals in creating this annual issue is to help our readers see their homes through their designers’ eyes.
Among the important discoveries we have made in our exclusive interviews with designers from North america, europe and indonesia is that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to style. indeed, many of the decisions designers make are simply emotional - based largely on how the client is going to live. as interior designer roland adam puts it in one of the “residence” articles in this issue: “in the end, i always put the client first. it’s a matter of giving up your own ego.”
Emotion is certainly a word that can be attributed to the approach of Ghanaian British architect sir david Frank adjaye obe, the subject of our cover story. “every square foot of this project has been a massive investment of blood, sweat, and tears - eight years of intensive work,” he says of his stunning smithsonian National Museum of african american history and culture, which opened in september last year.
Elsewhere in this issue, we meet timothy corrigan. this eminent designer was so inspired by a move to Paris that he gave up a successful career in advertising to launch an interior design firm that combines european elegance with california comfort. his formidable client list includes royalty, hollywood celebrities and corporate leaders.
How do industrial designers find their inspiration? Piero Lissoni, a leading italian architect and designer, is widely admired for his minimalist style. “our adventure began, as for all young architects, with a glass of milk with cookies and so many sleepless nights,” he tells us of the founding of his firm.
Among the indonesian designers we caught up with for this issue is alvin tjitrowirjo. this brilliant young furniture creator sees his role as that of a problem solver. he is also a great patriot. “ten years ago, no one was doing anything to promote indonesian culture through design,” he declares. “that was what drove me to create my own brand.”
Good luck to him and to the other talented indonesian designers – yuni Jie, abie abdillah, eva Natasa and diaz adisastomo – we interviewed for Prestige Lifestyle 2017. Keep up with us 24/7 by visiting our website at prestigeonline.com/id and checking out our social media updates on Facebook, instagram and twitter. happy reading!