My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou

    Rio Hamilton + Dana Sandberg + Gisue Hairi Designing the Glass Ceiling: Shattering the Status Quo D
    The IIDA NY and the Residential Forum committee, along with my good friend Dana Sandberg and my new friend Elsie St. Leger invited me to be the Moderator of a design forum called, Designing the Glass Ceiling: Shattering the Status Quo. The 3FORM showroom on 29th Street in Manhattan hosted the well-attended event.  It was an inspiring, enterprising and fascinating two hours.  There were aha moments, historical highlights and endearing eloquence from the four design mavens who made up the revered forum. It is enormously important to publicize and celebrate women “shattering the status quo,” especially on the global stage, because it affects and inspires so many lives.  Bravo to the four design professionals and IIDA for recognizing the need for informative discussions about life in the design lane.
      Photos by Peter Kubilus @archfoto
      The forum’s panelists:
      Malene Barnett, Malene B Studio
      Founded by Malene Barnet in 2005, Malene B Studio collection has since grown from bespoke carpets and floor coverings to include fine art wall coverings, artisan tiles, and home accessories. She began her career as a textile designer after graduating from FIT in 1996, then became Nourison’s first in-house designer, creating rugs sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and Home Depot. Her first extended trip abroad was to Ghana in 1995 as part of a cultural exchange program; since then she has visited and explored more than 25 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Barnet’s dedication to global artistry and cultural exchange continues to inspire her designs and fuel her desire to work with artisans from around the world.
        Malene Barnett
        Gisue Hariri, Hariri & Hariri
        Gisue Hariri is co-founder and principal creative director of Hariri & Hariri Architecture, a New York–based multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm established with her sister, Mojgan, in 1986. They are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in architecture and design, and their firm is described as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box. Their projects range from master planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design and jewelry. Hariri & Hariri Architecture was inducted into the Design Hall of Fame in 2006.
          Gisue Hariri
            Jennifer Graham, Perkins & Will
            Jennifer Graham is senior project designer/director, interior operations at Perkins & Will, with more than 25 years’ experience in commercial interior design and architecture, with a focus on operational strategy, leadership and project delivery and execution. Born and educated in Barbados, Graham emigrated to the United States, earning a BFA in interior design from New York School of Interior Design and an MBA from New York University. She brings a balance of technical and emotional quotient skills, management and negotiating expertise to every project.
              Jennifer Graham
              Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home
              Robin Wilson is an interior designer, author and creator of interior design practice and lifestyle brand Robin Wilson Home. Her theory of clean design is articulated in her recent book of the same name. Given her personal struggles with asthma and allergies, she reminds audiences and clients that her parents worked with a holistic pediatrician in her hometown of Austin, TX, whose philosophy was to “raise a strong child, not a child strong on medicine,” while focusing on wellness and an eco-healthy lifestyle. This formed the foundation of her own design practice. Robin Wilson Home products are available at retailers and are eco-friendly and sustainable designs with a focus on social good.
                Robin Wilson
                Jean Brownhill Lauer, Sweeten
                Jean Brownhill Lauer has more than 10 years of experience in residential and commercial architecture planning, design, and project management and systems. While working in Global Architecture at Coach, she won the company’s Chairman’s Award for designing and managing web platforms for the construction of stores worldwide. Jean received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union  and was one of nine recipients of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship in 2011 from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she developed Sweeten. She is one of only 11 African-American female entrepreneurs in the US to raise more than $1M in venture capital.
                  Jean Brownhill Lauer
                    Designing the Glass Ceiling: Shattering the Status Quo in NYC


                      IIDA Designing the Glass Ceiling


                        Elsie St. Leger – Associate IIDA. Residential Forum Director


                          Designing the Glass Ceiling: Shattering the Status Quo at the 3FORM showroom


                            Designing the Glass Ceiling: Shattering the Status Quo


                              Andrew Seltzer + Chip Brian BEST AND COMPANY


                                snack-a-delicious at the 3FORM showroom


                                  Rio Hamilton

                                  Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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