How long have you been working in the Industry?
Twenty years ago, I took a “summer job” designing rugs & I’ve been blissfully tethered to flooring design ever since.
What territory do you currently cover?
Los Angeles & Chicago
What inspires you professionally?
I love seeing beautiful & innovative design. This goes beyond surface pattern…
The hospitality industry as a whole has to be proactive & remain relevant with each cultural shift.
It’s always looking to the future & I love that momentum.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I consider myself very lucky to have found a career that keeps my left & right brain sharpened. I am presented daily with design challenges & must find creative solutions that are both beautiful and functional.
What are your most favorite things on your desk?
My desk is always a bit chaotic. It’s covered in yarn colors from all my current projects. It’s kind of like seeing an artists’ paint palettes strung about an art studio. It’s the beautiful mess required to do my job. I love them. Does that count?
When you are short on inspiration how do you reenergize; where do you go for inspiration?
I enjoy a nice long hike outdoors. It activates all the senses simultaneously. Creative ideas are abundant & can be found anywhere really. It’s so important to actually set aside time & space for them to surface.
What made you decide to showcase the trend/designs that you selected?
Given our unique state of “stillness” under quarantine, I was able to reassess my typical speed-driven design process & explore “slow design.” My goal was to make patterns that felt more intentional. In this collection, I wanted to “infuse” my own gestural marks to create patterns that possessed a hand-crafted undertone. I dusted off my sketchbook & began to play with raw art materials for inspiration. The creative process was completely impulsive & childlike. The imperfections are what I find most interesting. You can see the human hand in their creation. As a result, these patterns seem to possess an identity, a fingerprint.
Durkan Infuse gives designers the chance to curate a selection of designs inspired by the trends in their territory or their surroundings, travels, and adventures.Learn More About Infuse