New York Interior Designer Mimi Fong of Luminosus Designs creates a fresh touch on contemporary design. Mimi creates her spaces to be a haven of comfort; her designs create environments that are “stylish, yet inviting”. Below you will find some of our favorite shots from her Bronx, New York Project. Mimi and her team follow the belief that “ they can transform any space into a stylish, luxurious, intimate, and comfortable haven.” Join us today as we feature our interview with this outstanding New York Interior Designer.
1) Mimi, how would you characterize your design aesthetic?
The best way to describe my design aesthetic is would be with two words: “clean and fresh”. Whether the style is modern, eclectic, contemporary, or traditional, the color palette always begs the eyes to linger and invite you in. My inspiration for color comes from Mother Nature and from great artists such as Monet and Renoir, masters of Impressionism.
2) Your work is very clean and fresh indeed. How does life in New York affect your work?
Life in and around New York City is simply crazy! Many of my clients ask for a design that affords them a sanctuary that is calm and serene, and of course I do my very best to create such a space for them. New York is also a design capital where the inspirations and material options are endless. I can be inspired by something as simple as a piece of hand-made tile or a bolt of fabric. Also, New York City is home to many great designers and architects. Their works are seen in many public places and they are my inspirational sources as well.
3) What an intriguing city to find inspiration. Can you talk a little bit about the Cayman Islands project, and why it was a good challenge for you?
Doing a long distance project presents many logistic problems. Furniture had to be consolidated and shipped via a freight container so timing the order and delivery to Miami warehouse took lots of planning. I had to shorten the client interview process and did it via e-mail. I combined the survey and the wall color selection process into a single trip. I also built my color scheme backwards, starting with the wall color and finishing with the furniture and rug. Installation day was another big challenge since trades have to work around each other in a frantic pace. I even picked up paint brushes and hammers to help as much as I could. I recall myself being a nervous wreck as I held my breath when we were opening crates of furniture and accessories, hoping nothing was broken or mis-routed by the freighter. Of course there are always problems. I simply try to stay calm and find solutions.
4) Managing a long distance project like that is to be admired! Looking outside of the interior design world, what in the world of fashion, art, architecture and pop culture informs your work the most?
I definitely have to say fashion influences my work the most. From fashion, I glean the trends for color combination, fabric texture and pattern. However, architecture also inspires my design. I love the volume created by soaring ceilings, and the play of light and shadow created by the sun dancing across architectural elements. This uplifting ambiance awes me the most, I try to bring into all of my work. A good example is the living room of the Bronx, NY project.
5) Lastly, can you tell me a few other things that add to your “eye”?
I love to explore things through my senses: sight, touch, smell, and sound. As a result, I am always handling different things when I go shopping. I am also very curious about the construction of things because of the engineer in me. I test drive every seating piece I come across, look under and behind every cabinet and table to see how they are built and how well they are built. It can embarrass my friends and earn curious looks from sales staff sometimes. But I like to know what I am buying, for myself and my clients. My study of fine arts in both high school and college elevated my design style while classical ballet and figure skating taught me that rhythm and movement can be graceful. So scale, volume, proportion, composition, rhythm, and movement become natural to me. But sometimes I love to break these design principles and do something completely unexpected or exaggerated to create a fun conversation piece!
Thanks Mimi for joining us in this month’s interview. Our admiration for you and your work has increased!
Mimi continues to grace her designs with layers of clean tones to bring out the clarity and beauty in a space. Feel free to check out more of her work here.
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