CORPORATE [Vision and Inspiration]
ZEITGEIST, Understanding the Spirit of our Times to Gain SuccessHenry Ford, Thomas Edison, Ted Turner, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates are among a very rare breed of entrepreneurs that achieved international fame and fortune for their transformative vision and business savvy. Their secret lies in their uncommon ability to sense the Zeitgeist or spirit of their times. They understood the deepest desires of humanity even before those desires were manifest or spoken aloud. Who could have anticipated how the automobile would change the American landscape, or the connectivity afforded by the telephone, and in our generation, that of the World Wide Web and continuous news feed? How do we discern the spirit of our own time and use that knowledge to anticipate the next big idea? This presentation looks at the history of Zeitgeist theory and suggests keys to the Zeitgeist of our time.
Designing Happiness, Visual Keys to Crafting an Enriched Life
Dress for Success by John T. Molloy was a phenomenal success in 1975. Its impact upon the corporate world was indisputable, but the world has changed dramatically in the four decades since the book’s release. In a world of instantaneous connectivity and global enterprise, simply dressing for success is only a small part of the path to success and the pursuit of happiness. Measuring success in the face of global homogenization is increasingly about the discovery of self and individualization. Defining one’s personal style can be a conduit to greater self-fulfillment. Design plays a key role in the process and can contribute to an overall sense of identity and joy. This presentation will offer key strategies for attaining the goal of aesthetic authenticity.
DESIGN [Architecture and Interior Design]
Color, Texture, and Scale, Lessons for Creating Your Own Signature Style
In spite of countless online sources, cable television design programs, and decorating magazines, many homeowners still feel overwhelmed when it comes to creating a style of living for themselves and their families. This presentation draws upon my 23 years of design and decorating experience to illustrate easy and achievable methods to discover your personal sense of style. With the right tools, everyone can design a home that reflects their dreams and aspirations.
Classicism in the 21st Century
Classicism is one of the most profound and enduring design traditions in Western history. For more than four millennia, it has been a dominant force in the fine arts and remains a viable design language in the 21st Century. This lecture showcases the work of designers such as Allan Greenberg, John Saladino, Thomas Pheasant, and Deborah Nevins, who continue to create vibrant and relevant buildings, interiors, furniture, and gardens in the classical idiom. The audience will be introduced to both contemporary practitioners and exciting design resources.
Designing Gents, 12 Southern Gentlemen that Define Gracious Living
This lecture sets forth a visual feast and a rich anecdotal experience of southern gardens, interiors, furniture, and events/lifestyle designers. Among those to be featured are Dan Carithers, Chip Callaway, John Oetgen, Thomas Pheasant, Will Massie, and Lee Bailey. Each of these southern gentlemen has brought a southern perspective to a broad national and international audience.
Designing Belles, 12 Southern Ladies that Define Genteel LivingThis lecture is a tapestry of great design creations by some of the leading southern women designers of the last century including Nancy Lancaster, Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Suzanne Kasler, and Suzanne Rheinstein. Each has added her unique and graceful design vision to the legacy of southern design that continues to inspire audiences in America and across the globe.
Designing Women: From Skyscrapers to the English Country Style
From Natalie de Blois, the first woman architect to design a skyscraper, to Nancy Lancaster, the creator of the English Country Style, women have played a significant role in the history of design. This lecture examines the attempts to bar women from professional practice and provides compelling evidence of their ascendency beyond those restrictions. Beatrix Jones Farrand, Julia Morgan, Elsie de Wolfe, and Marion Mahoney are among the dynamic artists discussed.
English Georgian, The First International Style
Two centuries before the German Bauhaus claimed the distinction of having created the first International Style, English designers and their patrons created a design idiom which drew upon global influences and materials to create an enduring style that remains venerated in the 21st Century. Porcelain from China, fabrics from Persia, Toiles de Jouy from France, and marbles from Italy became key elements of refined taste in the 18th Century. The Georgian style also encouraged new domestic industries such as Wilton carpets, Wedgewood porcelains, and Spitalfields silks. From architecture to garden design and a broad range of decorative arts, the Georgian style became a fully developed design movement with examples in mother England and throughout the vast British Empire.
Great Design Begins with a Great Story
This topic grows from the contextual approach that Gary Inman and his team use in developing designs for fine homes and luxury hotels. Every homeowner has a personal journey that can be captured and shared in the design of their home. Similarly, every great hotel, particularly historic hotels, has a fascinating story that can be interpreted in the art and design elements to create a memorable visit. Every life is worth celebrating and design is one of the most powerful ways to achieve this goal.
The Golden Age of the American Country House
In the late nineteenth century, there arose in America a generation of architectural patrons unrivaled since the Italian Renaissance. These titans of industry with names like Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller created what historians have termed the American Renaissance with its monumental public projects, expositions, and the City Beautiful Movement. These same patrons created grand country estates for themselves and their peers and ushered in a half century of decadence, opulent parties, and architectural exuberance that remains unrivaled. This lecture takes the audience on a breathtaking journey from the cottages of Newport to the villas of Santa Barbara. If you’re a fan of The Great Gatsby, you’re certain to appreciate the story of the American Renaissance.
The Gracious Room
Well-worn luxury, heirlooms, surfaces with rich patina, family photos, fresh flowers, and living plants; these are just a few of the key elements that can transform an ordinary room into a gracious space. Grace is intangible, but powerful, and it is felt as much as it is perceived.
Editing the World, Interior Design in the Age of Global Communications and Travel
This presentation uses design case studies by Gary Inman and other leading designers to illustrate the rich offerings of the 21st century. It also reveals the long history of collecting, using select historic houses and famous collections that were shaped by goods from distant lands. Collecting is one of the great passions of life and the most endearing rooms often showcase the result of a lifetime of travel and thoughtful and at times serendipitous, acquisitions. Learn how to collect and display antiques, art, and collectibles in your home.
FASHION: [Couture and Prêt-a-Porter]
Chanel, Vuitton, and Hermes: The Rise from Poverty to Luxury
Born into abject poverty, and orphaned in the case of Chanel and Hermes, these three French peasant-class artists created three of the greatest luxury brands the world has ever known. Their stories are remarkable accounts of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
Gabriel “Coco” Chanel, Legendary Couturier
Few names in history evoke a more powerful sense of artistry than that of the great French couturier, Coco Chanel. Her mercurial rise from obscure poverty to international celebrity and the enduring nature of her creative achievements have assured her a place in the history of design. Chanel was the first fashion designer to embrace modernity and defy the stylistic dictates of her day. She was also the first to broaden her palette to include jewelry, millinery, accessories, and fragrances. Her name remains synonymous with elegance and yet her personal story is one of struggle, loss, defiance, and controversy.
Dazzle: Defining Glamour in 20th Century Design
Dazzle, explores the work of an elite group of international artisans and designers who defined glamour in the 20th century. Their work still enchants and uplifts the spirit, creating a paradigm of modern elegance. Coco Chanel, Cecil Beaton, Renè Lalique, and Jean Schlumberger are among the designers to be explored in this presentation. The media they worked in are equally diverse, ranging from high fashion to jewelry, film sets and costumes, to glass, silver, and furniture.
Yves St. Laurent and the Reinvention of Parisian Haute Couture
Yves St. Laurent was a fashion prodigy who dazzled the fashion world with his extraordinary skills and prolific achievements. While he advocated a broader availability of high fashion, he nevertheless was the greatest couturier since Chanel and Dior. His fashion house continues to inspire an international clientele to a lifestyle defined by well-crafted fashions and accessories.
HOTELS [Hotels, Spas, Restaurants, Bars, etc.]
Healing, Feasting, and Learning: The Hotel as a Place of Regeneration
This presentation examines how baby boomer consumer trends are impacting the design of hotels and resorts. The growing emphasis on food and beverage workshops and learning sessions, the emergence of the spa as a more important visitation driver than golf and other recreation activities, and the baby boomer obsession with learning more about food, wine, craft beers and ciders, coffees, and a host of nostalgic food ways are fundamentally transforming the modern hotel. This presentation looks at the emergence of new services and amenities to meet the demands of an aging but still vital and engaged audience.
Every Great Hotel has A Story: Celebrating Place by Crafting a Unique Guest Experience
This presentation uses case studies of successful hotel story-telling to underscore the importance of unique interpretations based on region, city, or historic site. It will encourage hoteliers to engage their visitors in a dynamic narrative using art, design language, signage, and display to create memorable guest experiences.
Restoration, Renovation & Interpretation: Finding a Balanced Design Approach for Historic Hotels and Resorts
The fields of architecture and design, hospitality design in particular, are serviced by a broad range of design approaches and methods. Some firms aspire to use only the most current products; the new, the hip, and the edgy, operating from a belief that their work will only be relevant if it is avant-garde. Other firms work within brand aesthetics that replicate a particular design language across diverse cultures and geographic locations, thus allowing road-weary travelers to have the same level of amenity, and essentially the same experience, at destinations around the globe. A much smaller group of firms strives to create designs that are anchored in the culture, history, and geography of a particular place. This approach often calls for designs that interpret and connect with existing design languages, or what might be termed “context”. This approach has the capacity to create a more memorable and culturally rich experience for guests