SAID is the podcast of Designers Today magazine -- the conversational complement to our printed page. Through interviews with interior designers, influencers and industry experts we’ll explore that special Something About Interior Designers that’s gotten us hooked.
Don Ricardo Massenburg: Best of both worlds
Don Ricardo Massenburg Jr., principal at DESiGN iNKREDiBLE, aka Mr. iNKREDiBLE and “The Bedroom King,” believes in stating and praying what you want into existence. It is how he has lived his life and is growing his design business. Also, thanks to mentors like Michel Boyd, has adopted this basic operating mode: If it doesn’t make me want to dance, I’m not doing it. From kindergarten teacher to headboard fabricator, decorator to influencer, Don Ricardo has a lot to share about his decorating start, why he still wants a career in education, his social media practices and affinity for music, and much more. http://www.designinkredible.com
Arjav Shah: Growth through Design
When Arjav Shah, senior interior project designer, reflects back on who he was when he first moved to New York from Mumbai to get his Masters in Interior Design he sees a very different person from who he is today, crediting the opportunities through his career at Perkins&Will and his mentors with helping build confidence and self-esteem and shaping him into a leader. In the podcast, Shah talks about what it is like to be part of a traditional Indian family while dreaming of career as a fashion designer, adjusting to New York life and a new career, his growing love of workplace design, and the evolution of his own aesthetic.
Julie Sawchuk: Advocating for Accessibility
When she was 41 — a high school teacher and mother of two — Julie Sawchuk was hit by a car while biking, and that accident resulted in a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down, and changed her life forever. She and her husband built a new home that was fully accessible to her, and which in turn led her to a new career — helping people build better residential and commercial spaces for all. The co-author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Building Better Bathrooms,” Sawchuk thinks of accessible design as an umbrella that must include three elements: safety, independence and dignity. “It’s just not about a turning circle on the floor of a drawing [for a wheelchair] or the width of a doorway — there’s so much more to it.” On the podcast, Sawchuk talks about her journey and her mission to have people rethink home design. Go to juliesawchuk.ca to discover more.
Robin Baron: Think positive and dive in
Since she was a girl, Robin Baron felt different. She had big dreams, chased them, and dove in. Thirty years into her interiors practice, Baron is energized by the recent launch of her multi-faceted ecommerce platform, robinbarondesign.com, which allows her to utilize her relationships, share her knowledge, and exercise her creativity in different ways. In this podcast we discuss the new site as well as how she got started in the biz, her indispensable sidekick, the notion of having it all, spiritual routines, and the benefits of joining industry groups.
Lucy Penfield: Grabbing life
Lucy Penfield, of Lucy Interior Design based in Minneapolis, has a BFA in Art History and Interior Design, certificate in business, and an MA in Design Thinking. She chose a career in interior designer because, for her, it checked all the boxes and encompassed all that she loved to learn about – culture, psychology, philosophy - and do – travel, art, write. Her projects veer toward modern and are infused with color, art, and optimism. With a full plate of projects, philanthropic commitments, a recent pillow collection debut, and new ideas in motion for 2021, Penfield discusses her circuitous path to design and the wonder of it all – with a sweet-sounding Midwest accent which makes it all the more heartening. Check her out at www.lucyinteriordesign.com.
Lorna Gross: The year of unapologetic visibility
Meet Lorna Gross, a Washington D.C.-based interior designer who was always determined to create an independent life and arrived at interior design, after a journey of introspection, as a second career. In addition to being the principal of Lorna Gross Interior Design, she is also Designers Today’s first guest editor in chief, a role that aligned perfectly with a declaration she made for the year – that this would be the year of unapologetic visibility. In this podcast, Gross speaks to the intricacies of design work, how design is like a spiritual offering, getting into the creative flow and why designers need to be selective about clients. Along with DT’s managing editor Andrea Lillo, we reflect on Gross’ editorial debut and discusses the similarities between magazine work and design. And lucky us, Gross also serenades us with a few notes from a classic Whitney Houston song.
Jane is EVERYTHING!!!
I have binged on this podcast every moment I have. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Jane at a recent Design Collective meeting via Zoom. She has the ability to ask all the questions you want to know and is incredibly charming and engaging. I have listened to every podcast and eagerly look forward to the next episode. Thank you Jane for being #dopeaf.
Jane Dagmi is an excellent host and asks creative and thoughtful questions. Being in the design industry, it’s great to hear from those in our community. Thanks Jane for all you do!!
Love the information and quality of guests. Thank you