Convo By Design®

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By: Josh Cooperman

Convo By Design® is a podcast dedicated to promoting the ideas of architects, artists, designers, tastemakers, and those making a difference in the way we live. Design is personal as is a good conversation. Copyright © Fusion Media Management, Inc. 2013-2021 All rights reserved.

The Showroom featuring Tammy Connor | 324 | Good Communication and Experience Leads to Detailed Design and Uncomplicated Sophistication
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This is Convo By Design with another installment for The Showroom, our interview series with amazing creatives from across the country in partnership with Walker Zanger. This week’s episode features Birmingham, Alabama based designer, Tammy Connor.One of the reasons I love the following conversation as much as I do is because I have the opportunity to speak with design talent from across the country in areas most don’t even consider when speaking about incredible, world-class interior design. I would argue the Alabama is one of them so the opportunity to explore and shatter preconceived ideas about creative tale...


Lone Star House of Design | Cheri Etchelecu Interior Design
04/29/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a podcast about all things design and architecture from and about the great State of Texas. Today, you are going to hear from designer, Cheri Etchelecu of Cheri Etchelecu Interior Design.Cheri has been hand crafting impeccable design in the Lone Star State for over 25 years. In that time, her work has helped mold and craft the eclectic modern design feel of Dallas Ft. Worth through a unique blend of products, applications and outside influences. Are you subscribing to the podcast, if not, please do so you get every episode automatically when they...


Manufacturer Spotlight | 323 | Cortina Leathers President Jack Prause
04/27/2021

Designers today are challenged by a global supply chain and bottlenecks caused by, of course the pandemic shut down, increased traffic at many of the world’s ports but let’s not forget that Brexit and a US led trade war from four years ago still affects the marketplace today.Rarely do you get this perspective from the very top about these issues and many others facing industry product partners. So today, we are going to shed some light on these issues and many others along with a manufacturer profile on Cortina Leathers and the man at the top, Jack Prau...


Earth Day 2021 | 322 | Steve Pallrand – What Every Designer Must Know About the Sustainable Design
04/22/2021

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design with an Earth Day Special Episode. Yes, I think Earth Day is silly, but the message behind it is of critical importance to everyone in design, architecture and those who live…on Earth… There is a day for everything, am I right? That being said, some points of interest, the first Earth Day was April 22nd, 1970. Many say it coincides with the beginning of the environmental movement. In January, 1969, there was a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The date for Earth Day, April 22nd was select...


Conquering the Challenge of Managing Your Design Firm | 321 | Design: Agency & Management
04/20/2021

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design bringing you new ideas about management for your design business.This episode features Nathan Brookshire and Paul Davidge from Design Agency & Management.Nathan and Paul founded Design Agency and Management to help creatives grow their firms and still keep their eye firmly on the business at hand. Their stated goal is to help creatives be creative and allow them to manage aspects of the firm that traditionally bind and keep the firm from growing to their full capabilities. This is Nathan Brookshire and Paul Davidge.Are you subscribing to the po...


Let’s Take This Outside | 320 | Activating Every Square Foot of Available Outdoor Space
04/13/2021

You might think the dead of winter is not the time to talk about outdoor entertaining. Creatives coast to coast are experimenting with outdoor spaces in climate-challenged environments from sub-freezing to blazing desert-scapes. When the ultimate challenge is finding ways to activate space, year-round, that’s when design get’s interesting. This conversation was recorded in January of this year, with a focus on figuring out how new ideas in landscape architecture and activated outdoor spaces can exponentially increase the size of a home. The following chat was moderated by Urban Bonfire’s, Ryan Bloom and features designers, Ariel Johnson and Dav...


Wellness & Design Leadership Series | 319 | The Promotion of Design
04/06/2021

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design with a solution for one of the biggest challenges you face as a busy design professional. This conversation is going to change the way you do business. Really, it’s all about the promotion of design.Promotion and marketing are two issues, one issue really but often conflated, that confound most creatives, and simply frustrate the rest. The socials are not user friendly, people don’t tell you what they want to see and if you are focused on the work, as most of you are, the promotion side is just f...


The Showroom featuring Susan Ferrier | 318 | Exploring the Essence and Emotion of Design
03/30/2021

This is Convo By Design with another installment of The Showroom presented by Walker Zanger featuring the incomparable Susan Ferrier of Susan Ferrier Interiors. In life, you will cross paths with truly unique people, and if you are like me, you relish those moments. You want them to last. This is how I describe my conversation with designer Susan Ferrier. She is an award-winning creative, check. Her work is well-published, check. Ferrier is a member of the Design Leadership Network, check. She has all the credentials that make her the sought after, highly creative master of style upon which her...


The Evolution of The Modern Creative Hub | 317 | The Beck
03/23/2021

This is Convo By Design with a new type of resource for design creatives from the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. The Beck is a creative resource and the brain child of Ana Claudia Schultz of Ana Claudia Design and her husband, Aaron Smyle, a tax professional. Located in downtown Rhinebeck, here is how Ana Claudia and Aaron define their business. "The Beck amplifies local creative voices and engages with the Hudson Valley community. Dutchess County’s new creative hub serves as a multi-purpose event space and gallery that displays local artists’ works to inspire creators and embrace the Huds...


Resort Living Made Modern | 316 | If You Love Luxury Resorts, Why Not Make one Home
03/16/2021

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design with an exploration of luxury design through the lens of Montage Hotels and Resorts and a focused look at the new Healdsburg residences.If you love luxury travel, a visit to one of the global Montage Resorts is probably on the list of things you long for. Montage has earned a reputation for crafting unique experiences that are authentic to each resort location. Montage International is a company built to provide ultra-luxe, unique lodging experiences to their guests. That is essential to know as I set up these next to co...


SPECIAL EPISODE: Rocky Lafleur | Celebrating a Design Icon
03/14/2021

This is Convo By Design Today, we are saying goodbye to a friend and celebrating an amazing person and giant in Southern California’s design community, Rocky Lafleur.There are some people you encounter in life who make you feel better, they make you better and they lift up those around them. Rocky Lafleur was the embodiment of that. As long as I knew him, he always had a smile on his face and a word of encouragement. Rocky had a passion for his longtime friends and an openness to make new ones. We lost Rocky this past week and thi...


Lone Star House of Design | Beth Bender of The Dove Agency
03/11/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a podcast about all things design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. This week, you are going to hear from Beth Bender, co-founder of the Dove Agency, a strategic planning firm based in Dallas. If the name sounds familiar, it is. Beth Moderated a recent panel for Lone Star House of Design and I invited her back because the work she and her firm does deserves some love. The Dove Agency provides back office support for design professionals. They are good at what they do and I thought you should hear m...


The Showroom featuring tamara Rene Design | 315 |
03/10/2021

This is Convo By Design and in this episode of the podcast, we feature another installment of The Showroom, a partnership between Convo By Design and Walker Zanger featuring designer, Tamara Avila, the creative force behind Tamara Rene Designs in Seal Beach, California.Tammy is the rare designer who also owns and operates a design showroom. Many designers think about opening a showroom, or more precisely, thought about it prior to COVID, but will be thinking about it again when things return to some sense of normalcy, whatever that means.Erika Egede-Nissen, Marketing Director with Walker Zanger and I speak...


Lone Star House of Design | Wellness & Design Thought Leadership Series Presented By ThermaSol, Texas Edition
03/04/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a podcast about all things design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. Following is another installment of The Wellness and Design Thought Leadership Series presented by ThermaSol. This conversation, as previously mentioned is from the Wellness and Design Thought Leadership Series presented by ThermaSol. This conversation features designers; Cindy Aplanalp-Yates, Allison Jaffe and Cheri Etchelecu. It is moderated by Dove Agency founder, Beth Bender. The Wellness and Design Thought Leadership Series presents the opportunity to gather a curated group of design masters and execute a targeted focus on specific issues affecting...


The Magic City of Tulsa, Oklahoma | 314 | A World Class Architecture and Design City with a Memory and A Heart
03/02/2021

This is Convo By Design with a two part special about The Magic City…Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the 1920’s, Tulsa Oklahoma was called the ‘magic city’ because of the things that were happening as a result of the oil boom. The Cushing Field was discovered at the beginning of the 1900’s which saw the population explode from  just over 7,000 in 1907 to over 72,000 in 1920. Names like Waite Phillips, J. Paul, Getty, Henry Sinclair  and John D. Rockefeller came to Tulsa and built a world-class city around the oil industry, and creating companies like Texaco and Phillips 66. With the influx of money and came hig...


Lone Star House of Design | Allison Jaffe Interior Design
02/26/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design a showcase of divine design from the great State of Texas featuring Allison Jaffe, an Austin designer whose cerebral approach to design is nothing short of genius. We talk about the psychology of design quite often on the podcast because it isn’t easy to understand what someone really wants the design to ‘feel’ like. Allison didn’t start as a designer, to the contrary, she started by pursuing the sciences, specifically, a degree in neuropsychology from the University of Pittsburgh. You are going to hear how Allison modified her pursuit from the scientif...


The State of Design : Colorado | 313 | Wellness & Design Thought Leadership Series
02/23/2021

This is Convo By Design with a spotlight on the state of design in Colorado, part of the Wellness and Thought Leadership Series presented by ThermaSol Colorado is America’s playground with four seasons, almost any recreational activity one can imagine and a fun-loving, adventurous spirit. This draws a wide variety of individuals and an abundance of opportunities for crafting unique and spectacular design. With opportunity come equal challenges from harsh weather conditions to extreme topography but Colorado’s pioneering spirit endures.This conversation features architect, Kim Raymond of Kim Raymond Architecture and interiors and Michael Rath, President and Director of D...


Domos Coliving | 312 | Coliving, The Future of Flex-Living and Finding Balance between Private Space and Shared Amenities
02/16/2021

This is Convo By Design featuring Daniel Alexander and Richard Loring of Domos Coliving. From Millennials moving back home to traditional multi-generational cohabitation, the idea of coliving has not only gained steam, but taken hold in cities across the U.S. Home ownership once the foundational idea behind the American dream is, in many circle giving way to the idea the coliving provides all someone wants and nothing they don’t. But what role does design play when you are catering to the many without serving only a few. That’s what I wanted to know when I spoke with Dani...


Lone Star House of Design | Pulp Studios – One Firm, 2 Cities & Sublime Design
02/11/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design a showcase of divine design from the great State of Texas featuring Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, the design team behind Pulp Studios.When a design team captures market share in two states, typically, it’s New York and LA or San Francisco. This design team behind Pulp Studios has targeted Dallas and Seattle. Two cities with gaining momentum and exploding populations prior to COVID, but post-Covid, these two cities are pulling in new residents from the likes of LA, New York, and San Francisco. Beth and Carolina have established their brand with a...


Wellness & Design Thought Leadership Series | 311 | The Business of Design
02/09/2021

This is Convo By Design with something you need right now, business strategies that will help you take your design business to the next level. Wellness and design thought leadership presented by ThermaSol.I wanted to give you something to start the year off right and in doing so, partnered with ThermaSol to bring you a series covering high concepts with actionable strategies you can use starting today. As we enter 2021 and think to the future, we should also take some time to consider our business model, executing those brand extensions we have been pondering for the past 10 months. Let’s...


Lone Star House of Design | Kyle Bunting
02/04/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a podcast about legendary design from the great State of Texas featuring creative icon, Kyle Bunting.Kyle Bunting transformed the idea of Hide rugs into a symbol of luxury. Such a simple idea, but not easily done. The original source for rugs and decor that Bunting has reimagined into objects with intricate design, shocking colors, masterful production and turned into bespoke objects of design luxury. This is truly an example of something so simple turning into something truly unique and wonderful. This is a conversation with Kyle Bunting about crafting objects of art...


Sandra Vlock | 310 | Transformation, Following Your Passion and Taking A New Path
02/02/2021

What if you decided to abandon your profession to follow your passion, what would happen? You know you’ve thought about it. Who hasn’t thought about ditching the job to do what you love. I say that knowing most of you listening are in the design and architecture industry and having spoken with so many of you, know that you love what you do, even so, I also know many have that secret talent, that passion to do something else. Yes, It's scary.Sandra Vlock is an architect by education and an artist by choice. She had a moment of c...


Lone Star House of Design | Yates Desygn, Traci Connell Interiors & Bandd Design
01/28/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a showcase of amazing design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. This is a look back at some of the talent making Texas a hotbed for new, amazing, and world-class design. Mike and Bryan created Yates Desygn in 2015 and have been practicing in Dallas ever since. Important to know, and you will hear how they hung a shingle in Texas without knowing anyone in Texas. They are going to share how they networked and built their firm from scratch. This is one of those rare firms that offer both interior and...


The Showroom featuring The Brownstone Boys | 309 | Restoring Beautiful Brownstones
01/26/2021

We're taking you on a virtual trip to New York for a visit with The Brownstone Boys in another episode of The Showroom, a partnership between Convo By Design and Walker Zanger.This is a deep design dive with Barry and Jordan, The Brownstone Boys. I love what these two are doing, they brought their passion for design and brownstones to a boil and focus exclusively on bringing traditional brownstones back to their original glory. They started with their own Brooklyn Brownstone and blogged about the process they went through to painstakingly bring this classic up to modern standards with...


Lone Star House of Design | Kim Armstrong, Abbe Fenimore & Ann Edgerton
01/21/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a showcase of amazing design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. This is a look back at some of the talents making Texas a hotbed for new, amazing, and world-class design. Ann Edgerton is an interior decorator and stylist from Austin and we spoke about wide-open spaces that seem appropriate when talking about ideas emanating from Texas. Ann has a very unique design signature that maximizes space, proportion, and product blending to create unique environments. We talk about her approach to this blending of large spaces and cozy design, modern lines...


Paul McClean | 308 | A Master of Modern Architecture
01/19/2021

This is Convo By Design with an architect that is single hardly redefining what is possible in modern residential architecture, this is Paul McClean...Paul McClean is one of those rare individuals who knew what he wanted to do at a very young age. Rarer still is growing up to change that space into your vision of what it should be. McClean grew up in Ireland and made his way to Southern California by way of Sydney, Australia. His work uses clean lines, site-specific features that make the most of water features, and the given space available, sometimes more, sometimes...


Lone Star House of Design | 3 Design Firms Changing The Way We Think About Design in Texas
01/14/2021

This is Lone Star House of Design, a showcase of amazing design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. This is a look back at some of the talents making Texas a hotbed for new, amazing, and world-class design. The first episode featured an amazing designer and a really good friend. Tracy Martin Taylor is the principal designer behind Eleven 11 Design. She is also a former boss of mine when I lived in Dallas. Tracy is a creative mind like none I have met before. Her creativity is immense, her compassion, even greater and her skill as a business...


The Showroom featuring Gail Davis | 307 | From Fashion to Interiors with High Standards and A Focus on Balance
01/12/2021

Gail Davis is an extraordinary designer. She is equally talented a conversationalist. I don’t say this lightly. If you know me, if you have been listening to the podcast for any amount of time you know that I take great pride in bringing you conversations that inspire you, challenge my guests, and provide takeaways that showcase the stories behind sublime design. That being said, Gail is sharp as a tack, she and I share a low tolerance for BS and a fondness for a good bourbon. Sometimes, they go very well together. While no bourbon was consumed during this co...


Lone Star House of Design | Ashley Moore of Moore House Interiors on Intentional Design
01/07/2021

What does that really mean, intentional design? Isn’t all design, ‘intentional’? I really thought so prior to speaking with Ashley, but, as I always do through these conversations, I learned something. Intentional has many different meanings to different people. The intent of crafting space with a purposeful goal of blending old and new while crafting a unique space specifically with the individual for whom the space is crafted is an art form that requires a great deal of focus and applied craft. This is Ashley Moore.Thank you, Ashley, I appreciate you. Thank you for listening, I appreciate you as wel...


2020 Kingston Design House | 306 | High Style and Ingenuity in the Hudson River Valley
01/05/2021

This is Convo By Design with a virtual visit to the Kingston Showhouse. Hey, are you as tired of the word ‘virtual’ as I am? As tired of the word ‘virtual’ as I am, without the ability to have these conversations, we would not have access to designers and showcase houses in parts of the country like the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. The 2020 showcase includes work by; Ana Claudia Design, Ariana S. Winston, Jennifer Salvimini, KD Reid interiors, Patrick Ryan’s Office, Stone Ridge Landscapes, Damour Drake, Hendley & Co., Krishna Fitzpatrick, Lava Interiors,  This and That, and Jen Dragon. Mar...


Maggie Griffin | 304 | Designing Atlanta with Southern Charm and A European Flair for Style
12/29/2020

Maggie Griffin is a fabulous Atlanta based designer who has mastered the feel of Southern charm, yet fine-tuned her craft in Europe while studying in Florence, Italy. Her studies included the history of fabrics, retail marketing, and merchandising. With an obvious passion for her work and institutional knowledge and mastery of textiles, Maggie is able to craft her spaces for southern living with a European flair and that is evident in her work. Maggie, as a designer, has what I call the 'full range of motion' as it relates to the work from her Modern Atlanta Farmhouse to a charming...


New, Now and Next | 304 | Stunningly Beautiful Hygienic, Sustainable Bathroom Design
12/22/2020

This is Bob Gifford from Hastings Tile & Bath. We met at the WestEdge Design Fair in 2019 and had a nice long chat about marketing and business development in the industry. We also talked about the full-body air dryer they were promoting at the show. Ditch the towel, this mounts inside the shower. Such a simple thing really, but consider this. How often do you wash your towels? At a time when cleanliness is of premium concern in an era where water conservation is both important and a remarkable source of financial savings. This is something that can be installed in...


The Business of Kitchen Design Mastery | 303 | Exploring Experiential Kitchen Design
12/15/2020

The kitchen is the heart of the home, always has been and you already know this. But this conversation features Julia Wong, Laurie Haefele and Shirry Dolgin, Barry Bredvik, and Kristi Nelson explores new directions and ideas about kitchen design. These three amazing designers come from different backgrounds but all have mastered interior design and truly understand the form and function of kitchen design. You are going to hear a high-level conversation that covers technology, layout, and specifically the use of space articulated into actionable methods for kitchen design. Susan McFadden of California Homes Magazine moderated this panel. What you...


The Showroom featuring Mikel Welch | 302 | Finding Balance, Mastering the Hi-Lo Mix and a Horse for Every Occassion
12/08/2020

One of my greatest joys in producing Convo By Design is the exploration for and discovery of new design and architecture talent. I was familiar with Mikel Welch and his work but we had never met. Welch is producing some amazing design work. Mikel incorporates rustic charm, modern, clean lines, hints of regency, handcrafted tribal art. This blend is masterfully worked and along with an often present horse… I mention this because if the horse was, in fact, Mikel’s spirit animal, it wouldn’t surprise me. The horse represents a driving force in life, what carries you. It represents streng...


Aspirational Design From the Garden State | 301 | The 2020 Aspire Design House
12/02/2020

The Aspire House: Princeton is offering a fifth edition of this designer showcase and as design houses should, this one focuses on amazing talent and unique design. The New Jersey design house will offer live tours of the house which is a novel approach in 2020 considering almost all the other design houses this year have been forced to go with virtual tours. This was my first opportunity to cover the Aspire House: Princeton and as you will hear, this cohort of design talent is extremely diverse in style, aesthetic, philosophy and background. That is the secret to presenting a unique...


300th Episode Special | 300 | Seven Years, 500+ Guests, 7 Years and Here We Are
11/24/2020

To be completely honest, I can’t really tell you which I am more excited about, hitting episode 300 or ushering out 2020. It is completely irrational to blame anything, let alone everything that happened in the year, but I can’t remember a year as absolutely traumatic as 2020. And regardless of how you feel about the outcome of the elections, the future of a vaccine, or the return to normality, whatever that means, here is what I know. When this whole COVID thing started back in March, I started talking to designers and architects, nobody knew what was happening, everyone, myself incl...


Lone Star House of Design | 12 | Sherry Hayslip Interiors
11/19/2020

This is Lone Star House of Design, a showcase of amazing design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. This episode features big color, global influence and if you love art, this is for you… With work that can be found from California to Cape Cod to the Caribbean Islands and beyond, Sherry Hayslip is a Dallas based designer with a truly global perspective and an amazing gift for luxury design and art placement. Thank you, Sherry, amazing. Thank you for listening, please subscribe to the show so you catch every episode of Lone Star House of Design and Co...


Ryan Bloom – Urban Bonfire | 299 | Your Kitchen Outdoors
11/17/2020

Together, we have shared literally hundreds of conversations since the show started 7 years ago. In that time, I have shared some absolutely incredible stories about design partnerships and I am so happy to share a story of my own with you. Last year at the WestEdge Design Fair, I met Ryan Bloom, co-founder of Urban Bonfire. He moderated a really fun conversation at the show and it ran here on Convo By Design. If you want to go back and listen, you can, it was episode 255 called, “Your Canvas for Outdoor Memories.” Ryan and I kept in touch and an oppo...


Woods + Dangaran | 298 | The Future of California Modern Architecture
11/10/2020

If you have been listening to the podcast for any part of the past 7 years, you understand that you are going to hear different perspectives on design and architecture. I believe that there is truly a language of architecture, and that design is about storytelling. I do this podcast because I love discovering new designers myself and thoroughly enjoy introducing them to you. If you are in the biz, it gives you a chance to meet someone whose work might influence or inspire you. If you are an enthusiast, it makes you dream of what’s possible. Joseph Dangaran and Br...


Michelle Lisac | 297 | Enduring Design Through Disaster, Trends and Turmoil
11/03/2020

I enjoy talking about the business of design because only after you understand the business landscape and how the business works can you truly take your talents to their full potential. How many times have you seen a creative type with crazy skills but no business sense? The most frequently asked questions of me by those in the trade revolve around the brand development series of episodes and panels I offer every year in the fall. So when I have an opportunity to speak with someone like Michelle and share it with you, it makes me feel like I’m do...