Doña Barbara Barry
Barbara has received numerous awards and honors, she was honored to become one of House Beautiful's "Giants of Design" and Elle Decor International "Designer of the Year". She has been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame by Interior Design magazine, included in Architectural Digest's "AD 100", as well as House Beautiful's "100 Best Designers". Additionally, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles awarded her its "Star of Design", and Traditional Home magazine named her "Designer of the Year"
On March 2008, I was invited to a private dinner with Barbara Barry at the Five Sails restaurant in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver where I had the opportunity to meet her. Barbara Barry was invited to participate in the IDSWest show as a speaker and she kindly hosted a reception to say thank you to a small group of designers for supporting her products.
Iván Meade - What is the best moment of your day?
Barbara Barry - First thing in the morning! I love when the first light is just coming in the window and there is the promise of another exciting day.
Barbara Barry's China by Wedgewood
Iván - What books do you have on your bedside table?
Barbara - John Adams, What Would the Buddha Say, Your Bouquet of Beautiful Things, Listening is an Act of Love, The Art of Growing Old.
Iván - What was your first experience with design?
Barbara - Being born.
Iván - Who would you like to design something for?
Barbara - Jewellery for Tiffany’s
Iván - What project has given you the most satisfaction?
Barbara - Designing fabrics for Kravet. It is the closest thing to painting and it reaches lots of people.
Manufactured by Kravet
Pillows made with Barbara Barry's designs for Kravet Fabrics
Iván -Is there any designer and/or architect from the past, you appreciate a lot?
Barbara - I love the work of the architects Palladio and Lutyens. It gave us our foundation of design for the ages . I loved the decorating of John Dickinson.
Carpets by Tufenkian
Iván - and those still working?
Barbara - The British minimalist architect John Pawson and the Atlanta decorator Nancy Braithwaite.
Iván - What are you excited about right now in the world of design?
Barbara - Fabric and all the possibilities of construction and color.
Iván - What is your newest venture in design?
Barbara - My new home fragrance line! And next I will working on my first line of scarves. I love how design crosses over to fashion.
Home Fragrance Line by Barbara Barry
Iván - Lastly, you have already created a stunning body of work with many mediums and styles, what would you like your legacy to be?
Barbara - I would love to see my designs around for a long time because that would mean that they brought a lot of pleasure to people. I am so proud to be a woman working in the way I do and to make a mark in the annals of American design.
Interior Design by Barbara Barry
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