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The Chairish Podcast

Hosted by beloved design-insider Michael Boodro, The Chairish Podcast looks behind the glamour of the interior design industry at a time when all aspects of the business, from sourcing to marketing to client communication to underlying business models are undergoing rapid disruption. Drawing on experience and insights from today’s top practitioners, including leading designers, architects and manufacturers, this podcast is an essential tool for interior design professionals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Hosted by beloved design-insider Michael Boodro, The Chairish Podcast looks behind the glamour of the interior design industry at a time when all aspects of the business, from sourcing to marketing to client communication to underlying business models are undergoing rapid disruption. Drawing on experience and insights from today’s top practitioners, including leading designers, architects and manufacturers, this podcast is an essential tool for interior design professionals. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Thomas O’Brien on Transforming a Personal Vision into a National Brand

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Thomas O’Brien is not only a hugely influential interior designer, but since the founding of his firm, Aero Studios, in 1992, he has been a merchant and shopkeeper, and has designed numerous successful lines of furnishings for a range of companies. From faucets to furniture, towels to tableware, he seems to have designed it all. Here, he tells of his early years in New York working for Mario Buatta and Ralph Lauren; how his passion for design history, his love of New York City, and his skill at shopping have all equally shaped his vision; why movies of the 1930s and ‘40s still inspire him; and why he feels that, even as design trends come and go, vintage will always have value.



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Sep 07 2022

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Does To-The-Trade Have a Future?

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In an era where the internet has made virtually everything available to anyone with a

click, and when social media has revealed design to be a passion for multitudes, what

does To-the-Trade mean anymore? Does it matter if a product is exclusive to designers

or does the world of custom orders, long lead times, and the mysteries of net versus list

pricing simply confuse clients? And what is the role of a design center in an all-access

world?

Three people who know the ins-and-out of To the Trade—David Sutherland, founder of

Sutherland Furniture and Perennials, Katie Miner, general manager of the Atlanta design

center ADAC, and Los Angeles designer Joe Lucas, owner of the showroom Harbinger,

discuss the validity of exclusivity today, why markups and billing are evolving, how

showrooms can foster creativity and fuel desire, and why they feel that no matter how

commerce changes, there will always be a To-the-Trade market.

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Aug 24 2022

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The Dirt on the New American Garden

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With the pandemic shutdown, the interest in gardens seemed to skyrocket. Did this mark a significant and permanent change in how we approach nature? Will the garden become a place to be lived in and not just looked at? Do concerns about the environment and climate change affect how people interact with their own outdoor spaces? Landscape designer Edmund Hollander and garden writer Catie Marron discuss the connection between house and garden, the importance of gardens and parks for solace and serenity, how to help clients achieve their outdoor dreams, why clover is no longer considered a weed, and why vegetable gardens may be the status symbol of the future.

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Aug 10 2022

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Can Designers and Architects Ever Get Along?

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When an architect and a designer collaborate, the results can be greater than either of them, or the clients, expected. But it can also be a difficult relationship, with clashing visions, disputed budgets, and creative misunderstandings. Two top talents—architect Gil Schafer and interior designer David Netto—discuss the success of their past collaborations, why a shared vision is important but different perspectives can be even more powerful, how to turn inevitable friction points into creative opportunities, and why window treatments and mantels so often become bones of contention.

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Jul 27 2022

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Is a Slowdown Coming? How To Prepare

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After two years of unprecedented growth, is the design industry heading into a slowdown?

Inflation is rampant, interest rates are on the rise, and the stock market is down. What does this mean for the high-end designer? Heads of two major companies that cater to the to-the-trade market—Gale Singer, president of Visual Comfort/Circa Lighting and Timur Yumusaklar, president and CEO of F. Schumacher and Co.—weigh in on what they see for the months ahead, the ways to handle continued supply chain disruptions, how to-the- trade is being redefined, and why they remain confident that high-end design has a bright

future.

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Jul 13 2022

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Designing in LA Today

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Los Angeles has long been a city of dreams and a hotbed of creativity and innovation. The city has embraced numerous styles over the years, witnessed the triumph of celebrity culture, and set trends that resonate across the country. So, what’s next, design-wise, for the City of Angels? Three LA designers—Betsy Burnham, Jeff Andrews, and Mimi Shin—talk about creating homes for the city’s new creative class, the trends their clients are asking for (pickleball, anyone?), why having a celebrity client can be a mixed blessing, and how the city’s disregard for traditional aesthetic rules can be challenging—but also inspiring.

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Jun 29 2022

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Risks + Rewards of Running a Storefront

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Designers are surrounded by beautiful objects and work with such talented artisans and

craftsmen that it is not surprising many of them are tempted to open a shop or showroom.

But is retail really the way to go? Is it worth the effort and expense to bring your aesthetic

to the public? Will it help or hinder your design career? Three designers—Meg Braff,

Patrick Mele, and Eric Haydel—weigh in on the risks and rewards of running a retail

establishment.

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Jun 08 2022

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How a Creative Collaboration Works

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Travel can be inspiring in ways that go way beyond the expected. Product designer,

entrepreneur, and frequent traveler Annie Selke loved her stays at Firmdale Hotels in New

York and London so much she became a huge fan of their co-founder and designer, Kit

Kemp. When the duo finally had the opportunity to work together—with Annie in

Massachusetts and Kit in London—on a line of rugs, bedding, and accessories, creative

sparks flew, and a lasting bond was formed. The collaborators reveal what brought them

together, how Kit’s experience in hospitality brought a fresh vision to designs for the home,

why working long distance was not a problem, and what’s next on their agenda.

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May 18 2022

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Should You Launch Your Own Firm?

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At some point, virtually every designer considers starting their own firm. No matter how

much experience and training you have, however, the prospect is scary. Are you cut out for

it? Can you build a winning team? Will the clients come? Three designers who have

successfully made the transition—Summer Thornton, Leyden Lewis, and Zoë

Feldman—share their hard-won wisdom, reveal their early blunders, the naive

assumptions they made and the lessons they learned, and tell why sometimes you just need

to fake it till you make it.

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May 04 2022

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BONUS EPISODE: Love It Or Hate It Live from High Point Market

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This episode was recorded live at 214 Modern Vintage during High Point Market Week. Michael Boodro hosted Chairish's signature game, Love It Or Hate It, with a panel of A-List designers including Ariene Bethea, David Phoenix, Holly Phillips, Jesse Carrier and Josh Greene. Tune in to hear their no-holds-barred opinions on this year's hottest design trends! 

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Apr 27 2022

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Earth Week 2022: Can Interior Design Become Sustainable?

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In honor of Earth Week, we are revisiting one of our most important episodes, with insights

and advice on how designers can become better stewards of the planet. Katie Storey,

founder of the Good Future Design Alliance, designer Laurence Carr, and Susan Inglis of the

Sustainable Furnishings Council—outline easy steps every designer can take, strategies on how

to involve clients, organizations that can help, and how design can have a positive impact in the

fight for a sustainable future.

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Apr 20 2022

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Suzanne Tucker on the California Look and Beyond

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San Francisco designer Suzanne Tucker has been a force in the design world virtually since

she started as “secretary” to iconic designer Michael Taylor, who is credited with creating

the California Look. In this intimate look at her career, she talks about her transition to

becoming Taylor’s protégé and successor, how she managed to thrive in San Francisco’s

male-dominated design scene of the 1980s, the launch of her fabric line, why she considers

antiques and vintage pieces to be crucial, how clients have changed over the years, and why

learning what your clients don’t like can often be your most effective tool.

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Apr 06 2022

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Finding Talent, Keeping Talent—What Every Design Firm Should Know

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Finding the right staff, and holding on to your current team, are two of the biggest challenges facing any design firm. As business has soared during the pandemic, designers have found it increasingly difficult to find and train new hires, and to manage their current staff and keep morale high in the face of remote work and increasing competition for talent. Designers Beth Martin of San Francisco and Charleston-based Cortney Bishop join creative recruiter Billy Clark to discuss the staffing situation today, the strategies that have worked for them, how hiring has changed, and why retaining the staff you have is probably worth the effort. 

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Mar 23 2022

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What's Blooming In The World Of Floral Design?

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Flowers and foliage are a classic way to enhance any room, the finishing touch every designer relies on. But flowers are just as susceptible to fashion and trends as any other element of décor. Just in time for Spring, sought-after florist Ingrid Carozzi, founder of Tin Can Studios, and Frances Palmer, renowned ceramicist, gardener, and Instagram star, talk about their passion for flowers; what’s trending in floral arrangements; the essential tools, vases, and vessels everyone should own; how sustainable practices are changing the floral industry; and why ikebana is becoming such a potent inspiration.


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Mar 09 2022

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Where are Americans Moving—and What Does It Mean for Designers?

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The pandemic and the rise of remote work has had a huge impact on how—and where—Americans want to live. There have been all kinds of reports—often conflicting—on where people are moving, and what it means for the future. Has there been a rush to the suburbs? Are cities dead? And how does it affect designers in the cities that have become hot new destinations? Amanda Pendleton of Zillow gives the lowdown on what the data truly reveals about where Americans are moving, while designers Mallory Mathison of Atlanta and Hannah Crowell of Nashville share what the design scene is like in two of the top 10 cities experiencing an influx of new residents, what it means for their business, and why starter homes may be a thing of the past.

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Feb 23 2022

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What Can TV Do for a Designer’s Career?

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Design is conquering TV, with hundreds of hours of shows focusing on renovations, competitions, and make-overs of all kinds. But does appearing on TV really benefit an interior designer’s career? Can you become a TV regular and still maintain a design practice? And now that the grueling behind-the-scenes reality is being revealed, is TV something you should still consider? Three high-end designers who have successfully navigated this treacherous terrain—Thom Filicia, Breegan Jane, and Lauren Liess—share their experiences and weigh in on the benefits and the costs of designing on television.


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Feb 09 2022

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Miles Redd on Bringing Glamour and Fun Back to Decorating

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Few contemporary designers have had the impact of Miles Redd. Even before Instagram, his fresh take on traditional decor, full of exuberant colors, lacquered walls, bold patterns, and faded chintzes inspired a new generation of designers. Here he talks about how his childhood in Atlanta inspired his love for design history, the lessons he learned while working with Oscar de la Renta, why returning phone calls is crucial, and how auction catalogues have become a secret resource, plus much more.

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Jan 26 2022

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Trends at the Table: What’s Next for Entertaining

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Forget crowded cocktail parties or stiff, formal dinners. Even prior to the pandemic, the way we entertained was changing. Photos of home-baked bread and elaborate table settings filled social media. So, what’s next for parties, dinners, and gala events? Three experts—Paperless Post founder James Hirschfeld and designers and renowned hostesses Mally Skok and Shelley Johnstone—talk about how Instagram has transformed entertaining, why smaller, more spontaneous—but still carefully planned—events are likely to fill the months ahead, why they feel that preparation remains paramount, and why a welcoming, thoughtful, and caring approach is far more important than the menu.

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Jan 12 2022

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How To Deal With Delays, Disruptions and Eruptions

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Supply chain disruptions are rampant, shipping costs have skyrocketed, inflation is on the rise, delivery dates keep being extended, and nerves are frayed.

As the pandemic continues to upend the design business, how do you handle the frustrations and disappointment of clients, vendors, staff, artisans, and colleagues? Four industry veterans—designer Frank Ponterio, furniture executive Alex Shuford III, vintage dealer Margaret Schwartz, and fabric and rug company head Chad Stark—talk about how to deliver bad news without undermining trust; why clarity, communication, and patience are crucial; and what they foresee for the year ahead.

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Dec 29 2021

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2022 Update: New Year, New Trends?

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Who starts trends and how do they become ubiquitous? What are the forces behind the scenes that shape what hits the marketplace—and what so many of us ultimately desire? Professional trend forecaster Patti Carpenter, Chicago designer Sasha Adler, and Los Angeles designer Tiffany Howell of Night Palm share their attitude toward trends, what their clients are asking for, the colors that are enticing them, why cozy textures and a hand-made touch are crucial now, and why French macarons may start looking even more delicious in the months ahead.

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Dec 15 2021

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By Cdb10601 - Mar 21 2020
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The first episode was SO timely and validating!!!

Wonderful podcast for design lovers

By BritaBeLike - Feb 05 2020
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This is one of my favorite new podcasts! Both fun and informative.