Las Vegas Market this past August was an addictive bounty of glorious designer preferred eye candy. One of the many reasons we frequent these trade shows.
Then close to our heart is the opportunity to meet up with old friends and colleagues. We discuss trends, what is old, what we hate and are totally over, but most importantly what is New.
'New' is the key word here! We are not only looking for new interpretations, looks and ideas but new brands...and their stories.
It can be quite an adventure sorting through all the many options, but this year we convinced media celebrity Brandon Smith of the new twitter chat #DesignLux to wander over with us to the new Bobby Berk Home exhibit and see his newly introduced line of furniture and even better, meet the man himself.
We enjoyed our interaction with Bobby Berk and his team so much that we left feeling that we had been visiting with an old friend instead of meeting a fresh new star in the furniture industry.
We don’t know how he did it...grew such an amazing line from a simple idea and practically nothing. His story is impressive and ever so inspiring. How can you not believe anything is possible when you read it? We would love to pick his brain. There has to be so much more between the lines...
Much of our conversation we can't share...because it consisted, mainly of that inner circle talk that is so common among the designing trades...yes! As we’ve already said…talking to Bobby was like talking to a friend.
What we can tell you is that he is fun, clever, confident...and young. To be this young and so successful already, you know that Bobby is as driven as he is visionary. He has created his new line with pure purpose and more than a little bit of heart. He knows exactly what it represents and where he is going with it.
He quickly earned our respect within the first few minutes of our meeting and that was before we'd even tested out the furniture. Yes it was beautiful. Precisely, honestly, responsibly constructed and made in America. Then we sat down in the sofa to try it out and didn’t want to leave.
His furniture is named after characters and old TV sitcoms and carries its style and personality…like a good friend you love to hang with, rather than just a place to set your stuff….
We love how reminiscent of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s his designs are. It was staged very simply with a peppy retro style. We hope to see a lot more of this line as well as get another opportunity to chat with the talented Bobby Berk again in the near future.