Thursday, May 01, 2014
"Sourcing" for a Design Project!
It was fun to go and source for a master suite redo for a "client". She and I had an enjoyable day. I had not done design work in at least fifteen years. Maybe longer since this is residential. I am very rusty. It would be an understatement to say how interesting it was to see new designs and styles at various manufacturers. All of these photos were in one showroom at Cortez Tile.
One of the most enjoyable parts of a complete project for me was the sourcing.....especially when it was on the back roads of Mexico. I've had many funny stories. And poignant ones. I remember the first time I went to Tonala in the early 80's. There was NOT one shop to buy anything but there were LOTS of homes that people were painting and making all kinds of things. As the door opened on one home, there were about ten boys around 12 years old, delicately painting Nativity scenes and other very detailed items. It's still that way in many places. We have many workshops down the streets by my house that no one would ever know about unless you could see behind the doors.
Ahh, and when you do see behind the doors, at least in my case, the adrenaline starts running along with the desire to figure out a way to use the beautiful items in some way in a project. Unfortunately, well, not really, my project days are over.
By the way, Tonala is now crammed with stores, kilns to make large pots, markets. It has a huge market on Tuesdays and Saturdays to sell everything and anything you can imagine. A lot of the glass blowing that originated in Guadalajara is now in Tonala. Tlaquepaque and Tonala are now all one big source for unique and beautiful items. Guadalajara is now home to manufacturing fine furniture for Century, Henredon and other manufacturers of that price point. That began about twenty-five years ago and is in full swing now.
Did we find the right tile, in the right color? Of course. Well, I think so and so does the homeowner. We'll see how this progresses as time moves on..........residential is never cut and dry. It always has some changes. Stay tuned.