When I meet a designer for the first time I always ask if they know what a podcast is, and I get lots of funny responses: Usually an “I think so” or, “A what?” — and then my favorite, “Of course, I listen to them all the time!” I love teaching people about podcasts because they are versatile and such great resources. That’s why I launched The Chaise Lounge Podcast: it combines my passion for business with my love of podcasting.
I’m not an interior designer, but I am a fanatic for business and storytelling. So much of an interior designer’s work is based on finding one’s self, building a personal brand, and learning how to communicate that brand to potential clients. Firms can be highly personal, bearing the names of the designer at the helm, and stakes are high. There’s recessions and technology shaking up the industry as well as mergers and acquisitions that affect everything a designer does from sunup to sundown. All of these things can be hard to navigate.
Since launching in 2014, I’ve interviewed hundreds of the top interior designers asking how they got into interior design, why they started their own firm, and what makes them so successful — along with my favorite question, “Beer, wine, or a cocktail?” I don’t talk much about proper interior design, how to put a room together, or the latest trends in window treatments.
Instead, we dive deep into the business of interior design to learn what has worked for the most successful designers in the world. Today, The Chaise Lounge is the top interior design podcast — downloaded in over 100 different countries — and we’re beyond excited to see what the future holds.
So give The Chaise Lounge Podcast a listen. Sit back, relax, grab a glass of Chardonnay, and learn from the best and brightest!
– Nick May