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S21 E9 – Event Designer David Stark

Today, in the Lounge, Nick hosts a different kind of designer, event designer David Stark who works on interiors as well as anything that’s supposed to be happening at a client’s wedding, bat mitzvah or pop-up. This episode also features Farah Merhi, the woman behind Inspire Me! Home Decor, the interior design Instagram with 5.5 million followers.

Any designers, architects or students of either discipline in the western United States should look out for the 2019 ANDYZ Awards. If there’s a project that people in the industry should see, this is a great way to show it.

S21 E7 – The Dealing of Art with Miranda Girard

Welcome back to the Chaise Lounge. Today, Nick chats with artist and director of Sorelle Gallery Fine Art Miranda Girard about how her company works with collectors, designers and artists to build an inventory and pick perfect pieces from it for design projects and collections.

S21 E5 – Finding Second Careers in Design with Hannah Crowell

This week on The Chaise Lounge, Nick welcomes Hannah Crowell, the principal of the Nashville-based Crowell & Company Interiors. They talk about Crowell’s journey from theater major to successful designer, “Designing Women” and what exactly Nashville hot chicken is.

255 – Live from High Point: Thom Filicia + Tim Branscome

Welcome back to The Lounge! Today, Nick sits down with Thom Filicia and Tim Branscome at High Point Market! Thom and Nick get into the business of television and design, while Tim and Nick talk about the platform for emerging artisan designers, Planet Seven.

249 – Michael Wood and Peter Lang: Growing the Business

Welcome! Today in the Lounge, Nick is joined with Michael Wood, from the heart of New York, and Peter Lang, the designer CPA. Peter chats with Nick about his latest book and the importance of having an accountant to manage all your numbers as a designer. Nick and Michael chat about designing in New York and being an entrepreneur.

145 – Francesca Bucci: Cruise Ship Designer

Francesca Bucci: Cruise Ship Designer

Today in The Lounge, Nick sits down with Francesca Bucci to talk about a BIG topic: how to design Cruise Ship interiors. 

Getting to Know Francesca

Francesca Grew up in Rome, Italy, came to U.S after she earned her degree in architecture, and finished her studies at Cornell. Sardinia and Bermuda are her two favorite places to vacation as she loves being close to the sea. Her favorite fashion accessory is a headband; they’re a little retro, unexpected, or even preppy. If she wasn’t designing cruise ships, she’d either be singing or figure skating. As an Italian, her drink of choice is obviously wine- “don’t ask an Italian a question like that” says Francesca. She loves cooking and entertaining, so, she would rather stay home than go out but does gravitate towards French restaurants.

Finding Ship

When Francesca studied Architecture at the University of Rome, it wasn’t interior-oriented, which is why she finished at Cornell. Her education in Rome was focused on architectural history, restoration and all of the technical aspects. Francesca first became interested in architecture in High School because she has a passion for drawing. Specifically, she loves drawing cartoons. In her cartoons, she is able to write the story of a building, as they take place in and are inspired by Rome interiors.

Francesca’s first employer out of school was Perkinson Whales in Washington, DC. She felt like she was at a disadvantage compared to people who did all of their schoolings in the U.S. because she was much older and lacked the interesting theoretical knowledge one might learn in the U.S. In Italy you get out of school when you 25-26 versus 22. She felt as though her knowledge was basically useless in the States, where sketching and hands-on practices were practical. So, she jumped right in and had to learn at a fast pace everything there was to learn.

Francesca’s first task at the job was solely to put project slides in containers but it didn’t matter, she was on top of the world just to have a job in an American firm. Later, she transitioned into a drafter position and her employers picked up on her keen eye for details and started to teach her more. After, she worked in a couple firms in DC then moved to NY, where she learned a lot. After 4-5 years, Francesca found herself with little knowledge on how to specify things so she went to learn! The next firm she worked at is where she learned the specialization of retail, residential, and cruise ship lines.

The Business Today

There are a lot of custom elements that go into a cruise ship. One must consider the weight and size of everything, how the ship is built, compliances, materials and outdoor elements. You need to be able to determine the parameters in a flexible way, as the building code is 10 times bigger than in NYC. There is a big learning curve when doing cruiseship interiors as it would be very challenging to learn how to build a ship in the span of one project. 

Based in New york in Times square, BG Studio International, Franseca’s firm consists of 15 people, a small firm with big projects. Projects often last 3 years and the team does multiple vessels at the same time.

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  • Wrap Up

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