2011-12: Raji Radhakrishnan |
October 11, 2011
One of the things I like most about this series is getting to discuss design trends with some of the people who make them, are using them or have an avid interest in them. I’m the first to call for design that is “eternal” and independent on trends, but regardless of the way large companies and retailers use them to drive sales, trends are a great way to glimpse into the way we all live and the way our taste (as consumers, clients or simply- people) changes, grows and evolves. But enough musings! Let’s hear what our guest has to say on the subject:
I knew about designer Raji Radhakrishnan before I was lucky enough to meet her virtually through social media. Raji has a successful interior design firm, was featured in major publications like Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor and the Washington Post, is known for curating amazing vintage furniture and pieces (which you an see here) and is designing her own furniture line. Raji also just had a Tastemaker Tag Sale on One Kings Lane, and I can’t wait for the next one! So naturally, when I met her on Twitter and Facebook I was both surprised about how gracious and down to earth she was, and determined to have her interviewed for Rooms and Words.
Rooms and Words: What is your opinion on design trends- are they necessary or useless?
Raji Radhakrishnan: Design Trends are necessary to know about what’s new and what’s catching on. You don’t have to follow them. It’s the kind of information you need to be in the know of even if it is just to avoid them! But the truth is, if it’s a trend that you like and speaks to you, I don’t see why you shouldn’t succumb to it and hopefully enjoy it for a very long time.
RW: Which design trend do you think will always make you go “that is SO 2011″?
RR: Most trends and trendsetters are hard to pin down to just one year as they usually bleed over to a few. But for the fun of it, I’ll say with 2011 we are so over “pure” MCM interiors with tons and tons of kitschy pieces!
RW: Which current design trend do you love, and will you continue using it after the hype is over?
RR: Acquisition of limited editions of truly well designed and unique furniture. Of course, as always make sure you absolutely love it!
RW: And which trend are you fed up with?
RR: Suzanis! I’ve seen it so many times used well and sometimes used so poorly that it just sucks the joy out of these ancient form of Eastern weave!
RW: Do you have any predictions or hopes for design and decor in 2012?
RR: Needless to say this economy has really shaken up our industry from it’s core. The one good thing that’s come from it is, so much better customer service all around and more and more curated product line ups. As for designers and clients, I hope this shake up filters out and clearly differentiates the good, the better and the best and leads to true value for both clients and designers. With so many new retail outlets to purchase really good design, I think designers have had to re-evaluate their core business and their finest skills and position themselves in the best possible light and only seek clients that will value what they bring to the table. Just having access to “trade only” products is NOT a qualification. I hope more and more people understand that and bring their true talents to bear.
So what do you think, readers? This interview definitely left me with some food for thought. Do you agree with Raji about the current state of design and the role the economy is playing in it, where do you think design and trends are heading?