Krystel Sam, a Senior Designer with Bar Napkin Productions, had the privilege of attending this year’s Giants of Design event hosted by Interior Design Magazine in sunny Palm Springs, California.
Guests were invited to stay at the beautiful, mid-century modern Parker Palm Springs Hotel by Jonathan Adler, offering serene accommodations, lush views, and bold punches of color.
Cindy Allen, Editor and Chief of Interior Design Magazine, kicked off the first day with a talk on how creating a solid and consistent theme is the core of any design, be it interiors, graphics, or fashion. The next speaker, Larry Smith from SMITH Magazine, challenged everyone by having him or her state in six words why it is you do what you do. Krystel’s response: “To keep my sanity in color.”
Day two featured Ron Radziner’s from Marmol Radziner, who touched on the concept of restoring homes and estates to their natural beauty without ever compromising the original design. He was later followed by Brad Grossman from ZEITGuide, offering thoughts on an almanac for our ever-changing culture. Michael Phillips with Jamestown closed out the afternoon with an insightful view on his extensive portfolio of work, which features residences, office spaces, and mixed used projects. Later that evening, a backyard party was held at the luxurious Gene Autry House. Interior Design Magazine went all out with delicious bites and hot air balloon rides!
The third and final day was filled with laughs. Our speaker, Doreen Lorenzo from Quirky, was just hilarious! The only thing you really need to know is do not eat the fries off of someone else’s plate.
Sprinkled throughout the event were fun opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow designers and sponsors. One of the activities included building structures out of large puzzle pieces, which were later donated to the Architectural Mentoring Program. We also got to sample architecturally inspired ice cream treats, as well as test drive luxury cars around the area.
A very big thank you to Interior Design Magazine and the sponsors for making this such a memorable experience! #IDGiants