Thursday 5 June 2008

In Conversation with Barbara Barry

Doña Barbara Barry

Barbara Barry is among the world's most influential and talented designers. Barbara’s trademark can be found in her refined residential interiors and upscale restaurants around the world or in her tasteful line of products. Furniture for Baker, McGuire, Bloomingdales and Henderon, Fabrics for Kravet and HBF, area rugs for Blueridge and Tufenkian Carpets, china for Wedgewood, tiles for Ann Sack, bath products for Kallista, and her latest venture: home fragrances and candles.

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.

An Evening with Barbara Barry

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.

Fabrics & Wallpapers designed by Barbara Barry
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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.

Barbara Barry
Carpets by Tufenkian

Iván - and those still working?

Barbara - The British minimalist architect John Pawson and the Atlanta decorator Nancy Braithwaite.

Boxwood Café designed by Barbara Barry

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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Anonymous said...

Ooooooo...Dona Barbara how prestigous! I would love to see her do a line from Tiffany's - that would be stunning!

The Paris Apartment said...

Great interview with a wonderful legend of our time. She's an inspiration and a genius and remains very low key. What a superpower!

Anonymous said...

Great Interview! Ivan, I loved the fact that you asked her everyday life questions. Congrats! for the 50th entries on your blog.

Maria Killam said...

I just read this post and loved it! She is an amazing woman isn't she? The post I have on her is very popular. . . but I need to start interviews with designers as well! Good job!