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Maison & Objet Americas - 2016 - Issue 1


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m&O m&O 38 m a i s o n - o b j e t. c o m T h e A m er i cA s photography by david allee (nike); courtesy of architecture at l arge (shoes) Just Do It: At 45 Grand ( top), the Nike showroom and gym in New York City's Soho, de Cárdenas's lounge celebrates the Nike for Women brand. The architect designed a colorful ikat- style print for Rivieras's classic Leisure shoe ( above) in 2013. I don't think the approach has changed at all, but our work has matured, and I believe it has grown more sophisticated in execution. The approach, however, is the same. In 2012, you said, "I've been in business for such a short time—six years—and the industry has changed so much…." Has this statement remained true or have things become more "structured" ? I unfortunately resist structure while craving it. But I've never really felt much of a connection to the design industry. It hasn't historically been something I've been looking at, so I don't really know how it's changed or not. My peers and the people I speak to regularly are most often not in the design field. But as a business, I suppose, yes, we've become more structured, as we now have large corporate clients as well. But the design process is just as messy as it has ever been... and needs to be. You have had a lot of international work. Has this wide range of influences changed your point of view? Or has it instead strengthened your own style? I suppose it makes me think more globally to some extent. It also gives me a good perspective on the subtle and sometimes less-subtle nuances between places. We are always trying to be aspirational to ourselves and to any client we are working with. You seem to be active in many different fields: from art and design advisory services to architectural interiors. What do you think inspires people, companies, and brands to reach out to you? I couldn't tell you that—I'd love to know myself. But I think that most good working relationships are largely based on getting along and mutual interest and respect. Between our clients and ourselves, we have to like what each other is about. Last year in an interview with CNN Style, you said, "Good design is... transcendent in the least dis- tracting way." Can you elaborate on this? You should feel somewhat "lifted" into the moment somehow. So the space you are in ideally will at least momentarily transcend that reality. Make sense? It will make you feel something more than the sum of materi- ality; it will suggest a mood. —E.C. n

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