“2018 is the Year of Wanderlust. In this day and age of chatter about building walls and closing borders, it’s more important than ever to showcase inclusive design—design that knows no boundaries.” –Clint Smith
Troubled by our country’s state of affairs, and inspired by our honorary chair, Michelle Nussbaumer, who is the quintessential “Wanderlust,” Jean Liu Design decided to strike out it in an unexpected design direction when asked to create a vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio.
We set aside our penchant for neutral colors, clean lines, purposeful minimalism, and midcentury classics. Instead, we embraced bright colors, rounded shapes, layers of textiles, and patterns upon patterns to create a living room and bedroom highlighting global points of view. It is no accident that French engravings hang above a sofa adorned with throw pillows made from Indian rugs; English dining chairs that have been repainted and recovered with Shibori textiles; smoking shoes made from Kilims displayed on an African offering bed—for Jean Liu Design, this is what inclusive design looks like.
Our vision for this vignette would not have been possible without the donations and generosity of so many industry partners. When planning these rooms, we asked for products shamelessly and were amazed at the willingness of our friends to give so much and so freely in support of Dwell with Dignity. We would like to thank Alisa Richardson, Annie Selke, Anthos, AOI Home, Artemis Design Co., B&R Painting, Beautiful Works, Bell’Invito, Blackstone Carpets, Brook Peridgon Textiles, Bungalow 5, Bunny Williams Home, Cele Johnson Lamps, Codarus, Couture Lamps, Fabricut, Glasshouse, Imperial Movers, Jean De Merry, Kara Legako Design, Megan Adams Brooks, Ngala Trading, Par Bengtsson, Quadrille, and Traditional Home Magazine. Now, more than ever, may these same sentiments extend beyond the boundaries of this vignette, this cause, the design community, our city and beyond.