Architecture

S24 E12 — 2020 Jumpstart with NYC Designer Neal Beckstedt

Welcome! This week on The Lounge, Nick spends some quality time with New York-based architect, interior designer, and vintage Rolex watch collector Neal Beckstedt, who boldly launched Neal Beckstedt Studio in 2010 in the depths of the recession, landed his first project two weeks later, appeared on Architectural Digest‘s “Ones to Watch” list in 2013, and has never looked back.

“Call me an architect, interior designer, a decorator—it’s all about problem solving, and I love it,” says Neal, whose portfolio of warm, modern interiors includes everything from intimate residences for two to a 40,000-square-foot office space for 500 employees and his own 1890s weekend house.  Nick and Neal talk about how the designer keeps the lightning-paced operations at his 12-person shop running smoothly, the ONE ESSENTIAL THING every designer must invest in, the marketing tool he can’t live without (“Instagram, Instagram, Instagram”), and much more on this inspiring episode of The Chaise Lounge.

So pour yourself a Casamigos on the rocks (Neal’s go-to cocktail…and George Clooney’s, too, of course) and find out how this Midwestern boy raised “on a farm in the middle of nowhere” found his way to the top of one of the country’s most competitive design markets while maintaining his reputation as a gentleman, his integrity, and his deep affinity for all things beautiful, pure, custom, and meticulously crafted.

You can learn more about Neal and his work at Neal Beckstedt Studio (and on Instagram, at @nealbeckstedt).

We need to be constantly talking to clients and vendors and be transparent about how much work goes into achieving something to the one-eighth inch and all the many people it takes to achieve that. For me, it's 'open book.'

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S23 E17 – Mid-Life Breakthrough with Darla Powell

Today’s Chaise Lounge showcases Miami designer Darla Powell of Darla Powell Interiors. Powell is a former Miami cop of 19 years who decided to follow her childhood compulsion to redecorate into an interior design career in 2017.

S23 E16 – Team Design with Pillar and Peacock Founders Brandeis Short and Adrianne Bugg

Today on the Chaise Lounge, Nick talks with two guests, the co-founders of Pillar and Peacock Adrianne Bugg and Brandeis Short. 

Adrianne Bugg spent five years in finance before eventually joining up with Brandeis to start the firm. When she told her mother about it, it turns out she had saved her past sketch books for the day her daughter figured out the direction she needed.

Bugg’s direction dovetailed with Short’s. Brandeis Short majored in fine art and dance and needed to find a practical channel for those early career choices. 

So in 2011, they founded Pillar and Peacock together. Today, Pillar and Peacock is a small and thriving residential and commercial design and architecture firm.

To see the work they do, visit Pillar and Peacock’s website PillarAndPeacock.com and follow the Instagram @pillar_and_peacock.

"Havana...really is a city of roamantic decay."

Adrianne Bugg

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’ll be covering Fall High Point Market 2019! Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep an eye our for our upcoming market events!

Our new podcast Coast to Coast Design is live! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

 

Resources

Upcoming Markets

High Point Market – Oct. 19-23 2019

BDNY – Nov. 10-11, 2019

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

S22 E20 – Partnerships in Hospitality with O’Kelly + Kasprak

On the season finale of the Chaise Lounge, Nick sits down with Belinda O’Kelly and David Kasprak the two architect-designers who founded O’Kelly + Kasprak in 2010 together after the firm hospitality firm they had both worked at dissolved. Nine years later, they run a company that can design from the ground up, manage projects as they go and even offer services as specific as acoustic engineering.

S22 E18 – Erinn Valencich

On this Independence Day weekend episode of The Chaise Lounge, Nick visits with Erinn Valencich, a consummate entrepreneur who runs a full-service design firm, designs and sells furniture and is even behind an app that helps designers run their businesses. Valencich takes Nick through her journey growing up on a farm where her grandfather made custom cabinets to testing out of high school to dive into work to her vast career as it exists today.

S22 E15 – Yes, No with Carol Kurth

Today in The Lounge, Nick talks to Carol Kurth of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors. Kurth is not your typical architect, marrying her passion for architecture with interior design, and maintaining a role in every single project that her firm works on.

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