August 30th, 2017
Well, it’s been a little while since my last post and I have to say I have really missed blogging. We have been keeping busy working on some amazing projects with amazing people I am grateful to call my clients (and now friends). We have also been so fortunate to collaborate with some incredible other creative businesses, so what better time to get back on the horse than to tell you about my partnership with Mobilia and share some insider info on one of my favourite furniture and decor resources.
I was introduced to Mobilia at an event hosted by Janette Ewen, celebrating the debut of her Mobilia capsule collection (which by the way is amazing!) and couldn’t believe I had never come across this incredible Canadian company that has been producing amazing furnishings for almost 50 years. While we focus on luxury projects, we work within a huge range of budgets on our projects and regardless of how big or tight a budget is, all clients share the desire for good value. I really believe great design (and of course good quality) should be available and accessible to everyone, regardless of budget – these are two of the many reasons I love Mobilia and using their products in our work. So, when the opportunity came up to act as Creative Director on some photoshoot’s for their fall campaign showcasing velvets, I jumped at the chance.
We created two looks for the campaign, the first was based around one of their new releases, the velvet “Sadie” chair. I loved that it was a clean, contemporary take on a traditional wingback chair and I wanted to develop a vignette that felt like a sexy, sophisticated & luxurious nook to curl up and read a book or enjoy a cocktail in. I wanted a collection of items that could be easily transported into any space: a library or den, the living room or even the corner of a bedroom. For me, luxury and comfort is often about texture, so I focused on layering a variety of textures that felt inviting. The combination of the rug with silky sheens, mixed metal tones, a walnut screen and Mongolian lamb throws helped create a feeling of warmth. I have to say the screen might be one of my favourites, I love that it not only provides visual interest but can provide privacy in a small or intimate space. I think it’s a surprising piece, and I really think that every space needs a little of the unexpected! See the evolution of our design process from concept (moodboard) to creation.
For our second shoot, I really wanted to focus on velvet in a casual setting. Sometimes I think velvet gets a bad rep for being overly formal or overly feminine, so in this concept I wanted to create a scheme using velvets while maintaining a casual vibe and a gender neutral feeling. I kept the colour palette neutral with a tasseled rug that has a vintage quality, a charred wooden stump (cause, that’s masculine – right!?), a contemporary sofaand an industrial inspired chandelier. Using pieces from a variety of design genres also helps the space develop personality and warmth and feel like it has been collected over time, something I always strive for in our work. Another design element that helps keep this look feeling cool and casual is flexible seating (which is also a personal favourite for small spaces and entertaining). Little poofs/stools that can double up as a foot rest, perch or side table is the perfect addition to any space (ok – they are blush, but I couldn’t resist! Real men like pink, right?). Pillows on the floor tucked under a coffee table are another great way to show guests that this isn’t a formal space – pull up something soft and fluffy to sit on and enjoy a drink, or two or three…
Which look do you like better and why? Would love to hear your thoughts! Stay tuned for some more projects from the incredible team at Mobilia + Gillian Segal Design! If you are planning to attend IDS West in September, you can see some of their pieces in person at the VIP Booth I am designing using their furnishings (so excited to share more with you!). Also stay tuned for some great Mobilia giveaways…
September 5th, 2016
While my school days are long behind me, with September’s arrival (and apparently the fall weather too) I always feel like it’s time to reflect over the last (school) “year”. September also means something else as a Vancouver designer…..design week! The Gillian Segal Design team is looking forward to celebrating our nomination as a finalist for the Robert Ledingham Memorial Award for Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year awards! It was such an honour to be included in this category in our second year of business alongside our peers and so much great talent. It has been a busy year, filled with incredible projects and amazing clients. We have a busy few months wrapping up some jobs before we truly ring in the new year, so stay tuned to see more work up on our portfolio soon!
June 21st, 2016
I can’t believe it’s already been a month since our team was in New York for ICFF. I love going to design shows and try to make a point each year to make it to at least one outside of Vancouver. In an industry that’s constantly changing and evolving it’s so important keep our finger on the pulse and to stay ahead of trends so that we can help clients set them. There’s no better feeling than coming back from a trip feeling refreshed, invigorated and full of new inspiration!
We spent a ton of time scouring the show looking at the latest collections from our favourite industry-leading makers including stand-outs: Anna Karlin, Egg Collective, Gubi and Pelle to name a few! We explored the city stopping by as many of the NYCxDesign pop-up shops as we could (The #BroomoffBroome was a show-stopper) and along the way stopped for two or three (ok maybe we lost count) drinks to check out not just the menu’s but the restaurant design as well.