She invited us to her design studio, which is also her house. She's got a small staff of about 6-8 people running around, grabbing samples, making phone calls, pouring wine. The line between work and home is very blurred, but it all seems to make perfect sense there. I only managed to snap a few photos while I was there because, but below are a few of the amazing sneak peaks she shared with us.
|New product inspiration for Tandus|
|A weaving transition piece |
which inspires her latest collection
|Suzanne showing us her latest line|
I should mention that Suzanne designs carpet for Tandus Carpet (shown above), fabrics for Knoll Textiles and glass patterns for Skyline Glass. All of which I love and specify every day.
As I mentioned before, Suzanne also has started creating large scale art pieces. The piece pictured below is titled Salvage. Its made out coat hangers that she cut into pieces and categorized - shoulders and legs. She had design firms all over the city collect hangers from there dry cleaners. Instead of trashing them, she decided to weave them....so amazing!
|Commissioned art piece featured|
at Art Basel in Miami
The most important thing that i learned from Suzanne was to continue being a designer first. She talked about reorganizing your day, flipping it upside down so that instead of sitting down to the computer first thing in the morning, spend it absorbed in design. Take advantage of the parts of the day that you are the most creative, don't let them be sucked up by emailing and nonsense. Great advice from someone who has made her career out of taking her own advice!
To read more about Suzanne Tick and her work check out her blog: www.suzannetick.blogspot.com