At Last.

Last Friday, one of my good friends, Eric McLaughlin, had one of his (color!) photographs featured in his first “not-on-campus gallery show” in a Phantom Gallery in Long Beach, California. Although he and I do not share the same taste in music (though I am VERY SLOWLY converting =p), I’ve always enjoyed Eric’s photography. One Christmas he gave me one of his prints as a gift, but I have still yet to frame and immortalize it on my wall. But despite my adoration for his work, I was unable to make it to the show (as well as dinner at his father’s restaurant afterward!).

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‘Ocean and Temple’ (Courtesy of Eric McLaughlin)

For as long as I can remember, Eric has always shot in black & white. When he used to live in San Francisco, he would haunt the streets in the middle of the night with camera and tripod in hand. His composition, use of contrast between light and dark, in addition to his desolate settings, create calm yet eerie imageries. Though seemingly simple, Eric’s photographs speak volumes. It kind of reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

“Speak softly but carry a big stick.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I will try to visit the gallery before the exhibit changes but if I don’t get to see it in time, I know I’ll always have some good eats waiting for me at At Last Cafe.

Photograph © 2009 Eric McLaughlin

Where Interior Design meets Fashion

This year’s IIDA Southern California Chapter Haunt Couture theme is “LIGHTS, CAMERA, FASHION” with entries based on the fashion and movies from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

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A brief description about Haunt Couture:

  1. “Use architectural and interior design materials to create a winning Haunt Couture fashion show entry. […] The purpose is to design a costume and stage show that best expresses the theme.” – IIDA
  2. (11 design firm teams + 1 student team) x 5 designers per team
  3. Team entry themes are randomly drawn. Design concepts have to express the connection between their selected theme, architectural elements found within said theme, and its interpretation into fashion.
  4. Textiles are provided by a textile sponsor, of which the majority of the costume must be made.
  5. Four weeks of prep time given between kick-off and event to prepare all costumes, props, music, script, and signage.
  6. On the day of, teams are given 45 minutes to assemble.
  7. Designs are judged by certain criteria such as costume construction, interpretation of theme & overall content, and creative use of textiles.

Without giving away my team’s design concept, all I’m going to say is that I somehow volunteered myself to sew the costumes for our models. And all I know how to do is make some mean pajama pants. This is going to be interesting.

Poster © 2009 IIDA, graphics designed by Associates Purchasing

“Hello world!” revisited

Hello world! was an introductory post for the birth of my design blog, but my apologies for not introducing myself properly..

bearies_palm springsMy name is R.A. and I live in Beverly Hills, California (it’s just a zip code, not a lifestyle, people). After too many all-nighters, I have 3 undergraduate degrees: English, Psychology, and Interior Design. Nearly everyone thought Psychology would help me the most in my career as a designer; however, being an English major has BY FAR benefited me the most. Being able to communicate effectively is essential. Speaking of career, I work at an architectural, forensics, and interior design firm in the Interiors department. When asked what I do at work, I jokingly answer “I draw lines and pick colors.” Depending on inflection, it can either start or stop a conversation; it’s great.

And that leads me to the meaning behind the name of my blog, bareINTR.

  1. bear (noun). Anyone who knows me knows my love for bears. To include bear in the name yet still reflect the intention of a design-related blog, I took its homophone bare to create a pun as well as suggest multiple meanings.
  2. bare (adjective). In addition to the play on words (nod to my fellow English majors), the use of bare is ironic because the interiors that inspire me are definitely not bare. Or, if that doesn’t satisfy you, bare is to suggest that the bare interior of a room is my canvas to do my design magic. The former was the initial reason, but the latter is easier to understand and less confusing.
  3. INTR. In architecture, the abbreviation for Interior is INTR, specifically written in caps.

I’m not new to blogging, just new to this concept of a more-or-less objective design blog. The challenge is to keep it entertaining, fresh, and informative all at the same time. I am constantly learning from other mediums and am notorious for researching, so comments and critiques are welcome. Thank you for reading and I hope some of my inspirations inspire you too!