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Quotes From Famous Designers

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” – Coco Chanel

” The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or waht’s out. This is not an easy job.” -Albert Hadley

“There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find your peace. You will find that deep place of silence rightin your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers

“A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.”
   Henry Ford

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – 
   Leonardo da Vinci

“Gone are the excesses of the ’80s and the style-first approach of the ’90s. In their place is an appreciation of everything that surrounds us and means something. We’ve recognized that in today’s society of fear, we need mental comfort as much as physical comfort, and we’re offering wit, irony, nostalgia, and imagery in everyday products. Charles Eames asked, “Whoever said that pleasure is not a function?” – 
Tovah Trace


“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond to and balance one another”  – Andre Putman ”

“…a house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.” -  John Saladino


“When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home” -  Rose Tarlow

“We shape our homes……, and then our homes shape us.” -  Winston Churchill

“I love the visual energy that comes from the imperfect, the unexpected. People sometimes think designers create fairy tales, but we give them something that’s much more sincere. We don’t live in fairy tales.”—Interior designer, Victoria Hagan

“Minimalist rooms can be so beautiful, but I can’t live in one; I love objects too much.”—Interior designer, Bunny Williams

“The drama of this interior doesn’t come from the obvious; it comes from the strength of the point of view. The rooms are sets—not for theater, but for living.”—Interior designer, Vicente Wolf

“Good design has to tell a story. It has to stop people, and it has to make them wonder.   Good design is a conversation.” – Zahid Sardan

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  -  William Morris

“There is one fundamental fact about lighting: Where there is no light, there is no beauty.”  - Billy Baldwin

“The client is not always right.” – Enzo Ferrari

“Taste is relative and is the sum total of the intellectual and emotional experiences of the individual experiences of the individual. Taste, in order to be positive and vital, must be exercised and developed. Taste is changeable and is influenced by environment. A highly cultivated taste, a taste that is knowledgeable and eclectic, is likely to be exciting and provocative, a personal taste at its highest level.” – Eleanor Brown

“One of the greatest things about working for yourself is that you can work without interference. I firmly believe that the initial instinct is the best in design, and when you make changes to accommodate a client, you may be weakening the concept.”  - Robert Kime

“Even in a formal dining room you don’t want to be ponderous or gloomy. Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible.” – Dorothy Draper

”Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”  – Mary Lou Cook

“If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished.But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“I have come to believe in a certain calling. A calling to cut loose function from practicality and to communicate the true unity of beauty and practicality in design, that the essential joy of design must outshine it’s functionality.” – Shiro Kuramata

“Beautifully designed objects fulfill our desire for art and poetry.” – Cindy Coleman

“Decorating is like music. Harmony is what we constantly strive for. At home, we want a peaceful atmosphere where the objects are the notes and nothing is off-key”. – Charlotte Moss

“Anyone can build a building that protects people from heat, sun and cold. What I am determined to do is to make a stage where people can be sexier and more brilliant, a place where they can awake smarter.” -
Philppe Stark

“Design that moves others comes from issues that move you.” – Jennifer Morla

“To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.” – Charles Eames

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” – Joan Miro

“You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way…Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.” – Dorothy Draper

“I didn’t get into design to be an artist. To me, an artist creates things to evoke emotion. Being a designer goes a step further than that, not only trying to evoke emotion but trying to make a reaction. It is very objective-driven, and that’s what makes it interesting.”- Susan Sontag

“Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.” – Ivan Chermayeff

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