Question: How has the modernization of these construction and manufacturing processes impacted what you do as a designer?
Rock Tree Scenic Wallcovering, Paul Montgomery Studio, www.PaulMontgomery.com
Answer: Digital production has allowed commercial designers, particularly those working in the hospitality sector, to evoke the feeling of home in public settings. Scenic wallcoverings, on a commercially rated substrate, can bring the luxury and storied sensibility of residential design to spaces that are too often bland and uninspiring. Paul Montgomery is renowned for his scenic wallpapers but now offers the same designs in mediums that meet commercial codes and budgets.
Chloé fabric (upper left) by Gary Inman for LebaTex by Stacy Garcia, www.LebaTex.com
There have also been tremendous strides with digital printing of fabrics and machine tufting of carpets, even printed carpet technology now affords a richer more sophisticated pallet of design options for commercial designers and architects. LebaTex by Stacy Garcia is a leader in the digital printing of fabrics with the capacity to create custom designs for limited yardage.
The lines between residential and commercial design have dissolved in recent years due to the advances of technology and consumer demands. Aesthetic influences flow seamlessly in both directions and, as a result, both sectors have been elevated. Home interiors have benefitted from enhanced performance and a range of experiences, such as the hotel inspired home spa, and for hotels an aesthetic that expresses individuality and personalization.
Spa inspired bathroom by Gary Inman Home Couture, www.GaryInman.com