Finding Connections Between a Film Interior and Reality

As part of a delightful academic diversion, I have recently been researching interiors shown on film – with a focus on the Elrod House in Palm Springs, designed by John Lautner between 1966-68 for Interior Designer Arthur Elrod. This interior was used in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever, directed by Guy Hamilton in … Continue reading Finding Connections Between a Film Interior and Reality

Lessons Learned from BIPOC Design History Class

Recently – over the course of four weeks – I spent more than 24 hours of productive time attending the online BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Colour] Design History Class: “Black Design in America: African Americans and the African Diaspora in Graphic Design, from the 19th to the 21st Century” (https://bipocdesignhistory.com/). Organized by a collective … Continue reading Lessons Learned from BIPOC Design History Class

Kate Reed in comparison – Canada’s first interior designer

The Canadian woman who is frequently described as Canada’s first designer, Kate Reed (1856- 1928) the decorator of Canada’s Railway Hotels, was born nine years before Elsie De Wolfe (1865-1950), that famous American usually thought of as the first successful professional decorator in America. While De Wolfe had a very different life story and body … Continue reading Kate Reed in comparison – Canada’s first interior designer