What a packed day at the D&D building yesterday! From 9 am to 1o at night, it was a day full of design inspiration. Kicking off the morning was an entertaining and informative keynote from ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief, Michael Boodro, who addressed the topic of Luxury Now – What Really Counts. As it turns out, quite a lot! The magazine interviewed over 400 members of its Designer Registry and the results validated many of the thoughts we have discussed here – that quality is by far the most important feature determining true luxury, that it’s not about size – bigger isn’t always better and, as designer Ann McDonald of Couture Chateau in Orinda, CA said, “Luxury is more a state of mind than a state of pocketbook.” The good news is that things are looking up and most feel 2013 will be an even better year for business, for while conspicuous has gone away, consumption never really has.
Here are a few sneak peeks of what we saw. I’ll be bringing you more as soon as possible, but if there was a single theme throughout, it was that style, whether we’re talking luxury or color is all about personal preferences and perceptions and of course the mix!