Trending
ASID Names 2015 National Honors Recipients
The Community Service award went to the NY Metro Chapter ...
10 Questions With... Howard Elkus
  A visionary architect and urban designer, Howard Elkus, founding ...
3 Dreamy Multifunctional Sleepers by Campeggi
Bed Sharing by Campeggi. They’re wide awake at Campeggi when it ...
A Retro-Modern Sound System and Cabinet by Miniforms
Tiny tabletop amplifiers have nothing on Caruso, the retro-modern sound ...
Studio Job and Faena Art Celebrate 4 Years of Collaboration
Urban Alchemy, 2014. Photography by Nikolas Koenig/Studio Job/Faena.   Encapsulating ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
What device do you use most often when searching for product online?

    Calendar Upcoming Events
    Aug 02
    Las Vegas, NV, United States

    Las Vegas Market Summer 2015

    Aug 02
    Las Vegas, NV, United States

    “Is Original Design Good Business?” (Be Original Americas™)

    Aug 05
    New York, NY, United States

    DIFFA's 4th Annual Picnic by Design

    Aug 30
    New York, NY, United States

    BITAC Global 2015

    Sep 16
    San Francisco, CA

    IIDA Leaders Breakfast San Francisco 2015


    Close Search by date

    or See All Upcoming Events

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    Fashion and Interiors: Lindy Donnelly

    Stunning views of the Bay with the shifting colors of greens, blues and grays were the inspiration for this Guest Bedroom in the Marin Designer’s Showcase in Belvedere, California. Photo courtesy of Lindy Donnelly.Stunning views of the Bay with the shifting colors of greens, blues and grays were the inspiration for this Guest Bedroom in the Marin Designer’s Showcase in Belvedere, California. Photo courtesy of Lindy Donnelly.


    Few people represent the shared characteristics of interior and fashion designers like Lindy Donnelly, who has both a BFA in Apparel Design from Rhode Island School of Design and her own interiors firm, which she launched in 2003 after 18 years of working in fashion.

    Lindy DonnellyWhen she left fashion (and New York) Donnelly initially worked for San Francisco-based Barbara Scavullo Design. “They did high-end residential projects in a range of styles,” says Donnelly. “It was a wonderful place to be exposed to the business and learn the ropes.” Now, as principal of her eponymous firm, her perspective is vast.

    Both practices are motivated by the desires and wishes of the client, explains Donnelly. "At the on-start of fashion design, in order to have continuity in every collection, we imagine the person wearing these clothes," she says. "We would often refer to our 'ideal client'; this was possibly a
 celebrity figure who we felt would resonate with our style of clothing."

    However, Donnelly adds, as an interior designer she has very real clients. "They are always in the forefront of every decision that is made," she says. "From getting to know them and developing a relationship, we know what will improve their homes to create a more fluid, well-functioning and aesthetically pleasing environment.”

    A modern vignette by Lindy Donnelly. Photography by Paul Dyer.

    A modern vignette by Lindy Donnelly. Photography by Paul Dyer.


    Design principles, she says, and experience with fabrics and colors are the foundations of both practices. And there are shared considerations too. Like geography.

    “The client living in Hawaii in February will be dressing very differently from the client in New York City during the same month," says Donnelly. "This client's home will in Hawaii will differ greatly in style and function from the urban dwelling in a heavily populated large city with limited space."

    These combined factors provide guidelines and parameters within which to create, the designer continues. There is no such thing as a blank palette without external 
influences or a client stating design whatever you want.

    <<
    Fashion and Interiors: Jean Paul Gaultier for Lelievre
    Fashion and Interiors: Antonio Citterio for Hermès
    Fashion and Interiors: Atelier Oï for Louis Vuitton


    industry_article_detail_central_zone