MEET THE DESIGNER
A DESIGNER AND ENVIRONMENTALIST PROVES GREEN CAN BE RED HOT
Why is it important that your design be environmentally conscious? I have been an environmentalist all my life so it was a natural connection to think of ways to incorporate my healthy lifestyle into what I love doing—design. What's your design philosophy? Good design can improve your quality of life. Living healthy is living well. For my clients, I try to create beautiful homes, not just in terms of design mastery or ecological brilliance but a place where you are able to completely express yourself safely and where the elementary strengths of your senses can shine through—smells, textures, lighting, sounds, warmth and so on—so you vibrate on a higher level. Who has had a profound impact on your work? The Mexican architect Luis Barragan. He worked in sumptuous color and texture, and had an eye for pure planes: timber, stucco and water, all of them interacting with nature. It was his (and is my) intention to incorporate beauty, inspiration and magic. What inspires you? Nature! The changing colors, light and mood of the seasons are elements I incorporate into home environments to create a sensuous design dialogue. As we change our wardrobe seasonally, we should change our bedding and other elements of the home to acknowledge and celebrate our seasons.