Point of View

Interior design professional’s source of inspiration

Point Of View: Louis Navarrete

on understanding 'taste'

Louis Navarrete Point Of View

“Ages ago when I was student at Parson’s, one of my teachers insisted that there was no such thing as bad taste – only things used incorrectly.

Now, many years later, I’d have to agree that there are many different types of taste and various levels of quality.

Furthermore, whatever your taste, the most important way to keep a project going in the right direction is to buy better, and buy less. That doesn’t necessarily mean that every item needs to be expensive, but what you buy should be well made, beautifully designed and appropriate to your lifestyle. And most of all: be fearless in your choices.”

Louis Navarrete

Point Of View: Jennifer Mehditash

on becoming a design conduit

Jennifer Mehditash Point Of ViewPhoto Credit Stacey Van Berkel

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“The lens through which I view each project is focused by the clients that will live in each space.  I believe we must be open-minded about their idiosyncrasies, and to work with gusto to address the multiple layers of taste, need, desire and aspiration that they are seeking.
 Design is not about trends, or specific styles.  Becoming a design conduit for the story that my clients want to tell in their home, that is the ultimate goal.  There is no greater final result than when our clients are as excited about the outcome as we are.”

Jennifer Mehditash

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Point Of View: Kati Curtis

on interiors as a statement of personal expression

Kati Curtis Point Of View

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“My style can be summed up in 3 words: crafted, cultured, and collected. 
There will always be an element of fine craftsmanship, always a sense of taste and refinement, and always a feeling that the interiors were built and collected over a lifetime.  Interiors are a statement of personal expression, and I believe my work is about helping clients tell the story of who they are through their surroundings…it’s a visual story.”  

Kati Curtis

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Point Of View: Mark Cravotta

on a design philosophy routed in the visual arts

Mark Cravotta Point Of View

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“Having spent the first half of my life as a visual artist, I approach interior design much as I would a painting, sculpture, or piece of jewelry.  I’m composing spaces for living where the forms, textures and colors come together in visual harmony.
The client is my muse. I want their home to be a place they love being in and escaping to.  It should embrace a sense of history and a sense of adventure so that it becomes part of their biography and tells the world who they are.  
In each project I hope to create something that hasn’t been done before yet embodies a quality of timelessness and expresses the highest ideal of the people living within it.”

Mark Cravotta

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Point Of View: Ally Coulter

on the timelessness of black and white rooms

Ally Coulter POV

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“Never off-trend, never outdated or impossibly boring, black and white always works for one fundamental reason: it’s timeless.
I love to use a clean fresh black against a white palette, as in this private suite on Central Park South; it comes to life, bouncing off the traditional parquet floors and custom plaster paneling.  The Versace black and white furniture is complimented by the rooms other bespoke details.
As a designer I strive to make every piece in every room exist harmoniously, incorporating the old and the new, the sentimental and the design-forward.  I’ve always felt a smart usage of black and white is the perfect and most classic approach to making that goal a stylish and livable reality.”

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Ally Coulter

Point Of View: Marc Langlois

on learning to see

Marc Langlois CJ Dellatore

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“I was a photographer in a previous career.  Photography taught me to “see”, it taught me that to see well – to take compelling pictures – you must work with composition, scale and detail.  Paying attention to the many little things that make up a photo, a room, a home is the foundation of how I approach interior design.
I’m a storyteller.  My rooms are not solely about the specifics – but how those specifics relate to the overall goal and look of the project.  You have to “see” the little things to design a room and you have to pay attention to how those little things relate to the big picture. The little things count.”

Marc Langlois

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Point Of View: Eddie Lee

on design as portraiture

Eddie Lee Point Of View

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“I see what I do as painting a portrait of the client’s life through the media of architecture, furniture and art, and this image represents that perfectly.
The portrait of this client is masculine, yet soft and comfortable, a mix of vintage and new, organic and man-made. The space works just as well for a large group as it does for one person relaxing by the fire.  I listened to his aspirations and needs and through experience and design, made them a reality. There is no ‘stock’ plan; I view each project as an evolution.”

Eddie Lee

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Point Of View: Neal Beckstedt

on utilitarian luxury

CJ Dellatore Neal Beckstedt…………………………

“This image from an apartment on the Upper East Side captures my philosophy of design on all levels. It is modern, yet warm. Luxurious, yet comfortable. Vintage mixed with new. And more importantly creates a setting that allows the owners to fully utilize and enjoy the space.”

Neal Beckstedt

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