Designer Profile: Amy Meier

Amy Meier creates interiors rooted in tradition, personality and quality. She approaches each project with the goal of capturing her client’s essence and creating timeless spaces. Her whole-life approach to refilling the creative well trickles into designs in unexpected ways. Whether the end product is impeccably tailored or exquisitely worn in, it is unmistakably home.

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What inspired this career path for you? It really is the culmination of different creative interests and endeavors.  I studied photography as an undergraduate and earned my Masters in fashion design. This education, as well as the practical skills I gained while working professionally in both artistic fields has been invaluable in creating both my Design aesthetic and my design business.  But it was my parents’ influence and their encouragement to take my life into my own hands that really led me to find my own path.  They always said, “If it’s going to be, its up to me”.

What is your go-to source for inspiration? I really love Instagram right now.  It is truly amazing how many talented and diverse people there are out there, and their generosity in sharing their work astounds me.  (Not to mention, it challenges me and keeps me on my toes.) It’s my go-to to learn about new product, new artisans, and new or different styles and tastes.  It really inspires me to stretch my body of work.

Tell us about your creative process. I am very inspired by photographs; and I begin each project by digitally creating a visual storyboard.  It illustrates for me and the client our direction, where we are going in terms of look and feel, the colors, textures and shapes, different pieces of furniture, and so on.  Throughout the project, the design story continues to develop, but the initial storyboard is my anchor that keeps me rooted and focused.

Describe your style in 6 words or less. Edited. Traditional. Surprising. Sculptural. Bespoke.

What’s a staple in your toolkit? My moleskin.  I love the rhythm of writing something out; it helps me mete out my thoughts and often spawns new ideas.

Who do you look up to in the design world? Mark Cunningham and Stephen Sills.  I love their approach to creating fresh spaces that embrace the past while still being very much in the present.  Also, their spaces are well curated but impeccably edited.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? I am really wanting to design modern solarium built off of an historic house.  I love the juxtaposition of clean and adorned, of straight lines and curves. The ideal client could be anyone who loves design and embraces the journey we would be on together.  It is all about fit.

Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote. Similar to what Claude DeBussy said, that ”Music is the space between the notes,”  I very much feel that in design, the magic happens between the furniture.

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? Veranda – Without fail I will tear out nearly every project.

Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique backstories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.? Many of the pieces I curated for this sale come from years of antiquing all over the country.   I love what a piece with history and character can do for a space.  These pieces are then juxtaposed with more modern elements, creating a more balanced and a bit eclectic collection. I would love to see my pieces end up in a loving home where they get to have their moments and tell their stories.

What do you love about Viyet? First of all, I love how the collections come from the design trade.  Its like we all get a sneak peek into their lives and work processes.  And then I love how edited the collections are.  The pieces are all high quality and very desirable. It always feels fresh.

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