It’s a busy life for this talented designer, but always one with an eye to setting himself apart from his competition. “There is a very fine line that exists between design that is gimmicky and that which is cutting edge and timeless. We draw that line every day,” says Landy. A quick browse through his mini-portfolio on his Web site (www.akropo lis.net/members/dlinteriors) will show how his work does not seem to age.
‘There is a very fine line that exists between
design that is gimmicky and that which is cutting edge and timeless.
that line every day.’
In fact, try to find the design that is 19 years old, or the room he designed 15 years ago. It’s hard to do. “This is a testament to ageless design, and the firm feels it represents the best value for our clientele—timeless design and lasting quality.”
FROM TANKS TO THANKS
In his quest for creativity, all while keeping an eye on today’s economy, Landy hit on a marvelous idea for a client’s dining room that fit this philosophy to a tee.
You would never know it, but the material covering the windows in the accompanying photo is made out of the same camouflage material that was used to cover tanks during Desert Storm in Iraq. There are even small bits of radar-deflecting metal snapped onto the mesh. Exceptional cleaning and prepping methods made this previously unusable material now deliciously functional. Best, these uniquely draped treatments were cut and installed in about two hours.
Offering a cozy, warm statement, the neutral and yet variegated color in these drapes casts illuminated shadows into the room when the sun filters through the wood blinds.
On the walls, craft paper-backed wallpaper with magnolia branches extend out in a large scale pattern, a pattern that would take over the room if it were not for the leaf textures of the drapery. Huge plant pots bursting with dried florals and leather-backed dining chairs finish this intimate environment.
Sensuous and warm, the design is exactly what the client hoped to have accomplished. “P.S.,” Landy winked, “I cannot be responsible for any affairs that take place in this room!” DAVID LANDY INTERIORS INC.
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Kathleen Stoehr is president of Chemistry Creative, based in Minneapolis, MN. She has more than six years’ experience covering window treatments and interior fashions as the former editor-in-chief of Window Fashions magazine. Stoehr can be contacted for comments, queries and trend information at email@example.com.