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The Essence of Contemporary Interior Design: Blending Form and Function

The Essence of Contemporary Interior Design: Blending Form and Function

In the ever-evolving world of modern interior design, contemporary design styles stand as a bold and dynamic style. It encapsulates the spirit of our times while embracing the future with open arms. Contemporary interior design is all about harmonizing form and function, resulting in spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly practical. In this blog, we will explore the essence of contemporary interior design and what makes it so appealing to modern homeowners.

A Minimalist Foundation

At the core of contemporary interior design is a minimalist foundation. This style celebrates simplicity, clean lines, and a less-is-more approach. Contemporary spaces are characterized by open floor plans, uncluttered spaces, and a preference for neutral color palettes. This design philosophy creates a sense of calm and balance that is crucial in today’s fast-paced world.

Innovative Use of Materials

Contemporary interior designers embrace innovative materials and technology to craft unique and functional spaces. Glass, steel, concrete, and sleek wood finishes are commonly used to create a striking and futuristic look. These materials, when combined with cutting-edge technology, lead to smart and sustainable designs.

Embracing Openness

One of the hallmarks of contemporary design is the emphasis on open spaces and natural light. Large windows, glass walls, and the use of open shelving contribute to a sense of transparency and fluidity. These design choices not only create a visually appealing environment but also help maximize natural lighting and energy efficiency.

A Play on Geometric Shapes

Modern, contemporary interior design often incorporates geometric shapes and patterns. Whether it’s through the use of bold, angular furniture or unique wall art, geometry adds an artistic and dynamic element to the overall design. These shapes and patterns create a visual impact, making a space feel more vibrant and alive.

Mixing Old and New

Contrary to popular belief, contemporary interior design doesn’t mean entirely disregarding the past. It often combines modern elements with a touch of retro or vintage charm. This fusion of old and new creates a unique, timeless appeal.

Personalization and Individuality

While the minimalist principles guide contemporary design, it’s not about creating a sterile, one-size-fits-all environment. Contemporary interior designers recognize the importance of personalization. They aim to reflect the unique personality and needs of the homeowners in the design. Whether it’s through the use of art, color accents, or custom-made furniture, personalization is key.

Sustainability Matters

In today’s environmentally conscious world, sustainable design is crucial. Contemporary interior designers prioritize eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient solutions. This not only aligns with the global focus on sustainability but also adds a layer of responsibility to the design.

A Bridge to the Future

Contemporary interior design serves as a bridge to the future. It captures the spirit of our times, constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of homeowners. This forward-looking approach keeps contemporary design fresh, exciting, and relevant in a fast-paced world.

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In conclusion, contemporary interior design is all about blending aesthetics and functionality to create spaces that are not only visually stunning but also highly practical. This interior design form is a style that constantly adapts to the times, embracing the future while respecting the past. If you’re considering a modern interior design overhaul that still offers function, contemporary design might just be the perfect choice to bring your space into the modern age.

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COLLEEN O’KREY

Meet Coleen O’Krey

Design Consultant

  • When did you join Lawrance Furniture? How did you come to work here? 

I just started working for the Lawrance family this year. I was looking for a good fit for quality luxury furniture for my clients as well as a company that I could see myself working at based on the family atmosphere and the almost limitless possibilities that they offer with their customization.

  • Why do you enjoy working at Lawrance? What’s your favorite thing about working in the furniture/design industry? 

They are a great company to work for considering everyone is there to support each other and make sure that our customers get the best service possible.

  • What’s your favorite piece at Lawrance? 

My favorite piece is the Lexi sofa with its nostalgic timeless design, it’s warm wooden frame, gorgeous forest green velvet and long tufted seat.

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  • How would you describe your personal style? 

My style is a bit eclectic/maximalist. I love to mix pieces together from different eras. Bright bold pops of colors, textures and shapes, with lots to look at around the room for conversation.

  • Who’s your favorite designer? 

Kelly Wearstler. I absolutely love how she can put the unexpected abstract with traditional and blend different times within a space.

  • What’s your favorite color? 

I would have to say any shade of blue.

  • List 2-3 fun facts about you. 

I was in the beauty industry for over 25 years. I was in the nightclub industry for many years. My bible since I was 11 has been Architectural Digest.

 

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Phone: 877-338-0412  Email: colleeno@lawrance.com

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Christie Rumsey

Meet Christie Rumsey

Design Consultant

  • When did you join Lawrance Furniture? How did you come to work here? 

I’ve wanted to work for Lawrance since I was a little girl. I’m a 5th generation San Diegan with deep local artistic roots. For over 20 years I have helped to curate multiple galleries and retail spaces as well as hundreds of homes and businesses through local art and furniture placement. I have a Bachelor’s degree from SDSU in Applied Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking/ Gallery Exhibition Design.

  • Why do you enjoy working at Lawrance? What’s your favorite thing about working in the furniture/design industry? 

I love working with the team/family here at Lawrance. Everyone I work with is kind, helpful and highly motivated to provide exceptional customer service and design. I prefer and generally have chosen to work for local San Diego Companies. Lawrance is the ultimate local company for design sales. I am proud to work here. 

My favorite thing about working in the design industry is making connections with clients and being able to offer my strengths as a visual artist to develop designs that suit not only their daily needs but the needs of their emotions. christier favorite

  • What’s your favorite piece at Lawrance? 

Currently, I am enamoured with the amazing new Italian collection: The free-standing options of this collection and the juxtaposition of modern design with organic elements is right up my alley. 

  • How would you describe your personal style? 

I love clean lines, color and to create a visceral experience in my designs. I definitely have a sophisticated earthy vibe. I like to add in visual and actual texture. I tend to reach towards pops of yummy organic pieces that make me swoon. 

  • Who’s your favorite designer? 

Hands down, Pamela Shamshiri

  • What’s your favorite color? 

GREEN! If I could use it in every space, I likely would as it makes me and most people feel good. That and a sea glass blue-green. Which I guess is also green. 

  • List 2-3 fun facts about you. 

I am a mother of 2 humans, 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and a leopard gecko. We also have a pack of coyotes that call our neighborhood home lately. 

I am a trained fine art painter and printmaker

I enjoy outdoor activities and spend my free time hiking and camping.

 

Phone: 877-860-0807  Email: christier@lawrance.com

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Our San Diego Interior Designer Team

At Lawrance, we are proud to employ some of San Diego’s best interior designers.

When you walk into either of our Encinitas or San Diego contemporary furniture showrooms, you will be greeted by one of our talented design staff, all of whom are educated and trained in interior design with a specialty in styling personalized contemporary home and office space.

Need help creating your perfect home? Ask about our complimentary design service!

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Lexi Haimsohn

At the young age of fourteen, Lexi discovered a passion for interior design and never looked back. She graduated with honors from the American Institute of Interior Design and went on to run a thriving interior design business for five years in Phoenix, AZ. Her work was featured in Arizona’s The View magazine.

See Lexi’s profile here….

Christie

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Christie Rumsey

I’m a 5th generation San Diegan with deep local artistic roots. For over 20 years I have helped to curate multiple galleries and retail spaces as well as hundreds of homes and businesses through local art and furniture placement.

See Christie’s profile here….

As an additional service to our customers, our design team will create a customized Design Plan for your space. This service helps you visualize what your newly decorated rooms will look like before you invest.

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OUR INTERIOR DESIGN TEAM

Our San Diego Interior Designer Team

At Lawrance, we are proud to employ some of the top interior designers in San Diego.

When you walk into either of our Encinitas or San Diego contemporary furniture showrooms, you will be greeted by one of our talented interior design professionals, all of whom are educated and trained in interior design with a specialty in styling personalized contemporary home and office space.

NEED HELP CREATING YOUR PERFECT HOME? ASK OUR INTERIOR DESIGNERS IN SAN DIEGO ABOUT OUR COMPLETE INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE!

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Lexi Haimsohn

At the young age of fourteen, Lexi discovered a passion for interior design and never looked back. She graduated with honors from the American Institute of Interior Design and went on to run a thriving interior design business for five years in Phoenix, AZ. Her work was featured in Arizona’s The View magazine.

See Lexi’s profile here….

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Esther Goya

Esther Goya has over 30 years’ experience with contemporary furnishings and has worked as a designer in the Lawrance showrooms for over 15 years. She took a 12-year hiatus out-of-state to work with a top contemporary furnishings company but recently returned to San Diego and the Lawrance family.

See Esther’s profile here….

Christie

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Christie Rumsey

I’m a 5th generation San Diegan with deep local artistic roots. For over 20 years I have helped to curate multiple galleries and retail spaces as well as hundreds of homes and businesses through local art and furniture placement.

See Christie’s profile here….

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Sharon Marmor

You can find Sharon at Lawrance’s Encinitas showroom. Contact her to help you with the design of your contemporary space by calling 877-860-0807, or you can send an email to sharonm@lawrance.com

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Cecilia

You could say that Cecilia inherited her love of great design – she grew up in a family-owned interior design business in South Florida. From her family, she learned that offering quality products with exceptional service would result in word-of-mouth advertising that anchors the foundations of a successful business.

See Cecilia’s profile here….

Why Choose Our Interior Designer Services?

Personalized Design Approach: Our interior designers understand that every client is unique, and so are their spaces. We take the time to get to know your preferences, lifestyle, and vision. Your space should reflect your personality and taste, and that’s exactly what we aim to achieve.

Space Optimization: One of the key factors in good design is making the most out of the available space. Our designers are experts in spatial planning, ensuring that every nook and corner of your home or office serves a purpose.

Attention to Detail: From choosing the perfect color scheme to selecting furniture and accessories, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to detail. It’s the small things that make a big difference, and our designers have a keen eye for those finishing touches.

Functional and Aesthetic Designs: Beauty is important, but so is functionality. Our designs are not just visually stunning; they’re also practical. We’ll create a space that looks great and functions even better.

Cost-Effective Solutions: You don’t have to break the bank to have a beautifully designed space. Our interior designers are skilled at working within your budget while still delivering top-quality results.

If you’re ready to transform your living or working space into something truly remarkable, get in touch with us today. Our experienced interior designer will work closely with you to create a space that’s not only beautiful but also uniquely yours.

As an additional service to our customers, our interior design team will create a customized Design Plan for your space. Along with advice from our interior design experts, this service helps you visualize what your newly decorated rooms will look like before you invest.

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Ana

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Ana has loved design and used it as source of inspiration since she was just a young girl. Her father, a nuclear engineer, was a big influence in her life. His love of nature and fine craftsmanship helped Ana realize that she could make a representation of anything she can see – a life lesson she has taken to heart and uses frequently in her line of work.

Ana describes her sense of style as eclectic. She mixes the old with the new, antiques with contemporary furnishings. During the holidays, her sense of style really shines and she frequently changes the theme of a room to match the current season.

When Ana isn’t designing lovely rooms for her clients, she is a self-described “cat woman”. Her four feline friends roam along custom shelves in her living room – but, of course, those shelves perfectly match the flow and design of the room!

Let Ana help you design the home or office of your dreams!

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Phone: 877-338-0412  Email: Anar@lawrance.com

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Ben

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Ben has had a long love affair with the contemporary furniture industry. The details of classic and timeless furniture designs captured his interest at a young age and he has been in the business for more than 50 years.

Early in his career, Ben took a break to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He was recruited by Ed Haimsohn, the former CEO of Lawrance Furniture, in 1981 and has been with the company as one of their most successful designers ever since.

The pride that Ben takes in his position is reflected in the customized service he provides. His extensive product knowledge and flair for contemporary furniture design, in combination with his honesty and integrity, have earned him the loyalty of a vast number of clients.

When it was time for Lawrance Furniture to grow, Ben applied his talents and skills to assist in the opening of the newest showroom in Encinitas. But it’s North County, specifically, Carlsbad, that he calls home.

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Phone: 877-860-0807  Email: benc@lawrance.com

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Lexi Sadler

Meet Lexi Sadler 

At the young age of fourteen, Lexi discovered a passion for interior design and never looked back. She graduated with honors from the American Institute of Interior Design and went on to run a thriving interior design business for five years in Phoenix, AZ. Her work was featured in Arizona’s The View magazine. After her success in Arizona, Lexi returned to her home state of California where she became an American Lighting Association Certified Lighting Designer.

Lexi’s focus is creating a space that her clients will love for years to come. She believes everyone deserves to come home to their own personalized sanctuary. Lexi helps her clients express their personalities in their own homes through sophisticated design. She excels at understanding her client’s mindset.

Lexi has a good eye for color and guides her clients smoothly through design concepts to create unique, innovative, and fashion-forward styles that reflect their tastes and add to their home’s values.

Lexi’s twelve years of experience in interior design and her ability to tailor designs to clients’ needs make her an invaluable asset to her clients, both new and old.

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Phone: 877-338-0412  Email: Lexis@lawrance.com

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Cecilia

Meet Cecilia Zieba

Design Consultant

When did you join Lawrance Furniture? How did you come to work here? 

I joined the Lawrance team in 2014.

I was brought up in a family owned Interior Design business in Florida and moved to San Diego in 1977. I applied for a job at Lawrance back then and was interviewed by the founding father of Lawrance Ed Haimsohn! He told me I was spunky but to young! 

It took 37 years to ripen to perfection, like a fine bottle of wine they couldn’t resist me! 

Why do you enjoy working at Lawrance? What’s your favorite thing about working in the furniture/design industry? 

I’m a huge believer in supporting locally owned businesses! 

It’s an honor to bring my gifts, talents and help clients “Love The Home They Live In”

What’s your favorite piece at Lawrance? 

The Amon Floating Bed by Planum rocks my world. In a gorgeous water front city like San Diego you can float away to dreamland in this bed! 

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I also am nutty over the Shark Fin marble and glass cocktail table by Cattelan Italia!

How would you describe your personal style? 

I’m eclectic through and through, nothing boring for me! 

Who’s your favorite designer? 

The incomparable Kelly Wearstler!  Wooohooo….you go girl. 

What’s your favorite color? 

I love the color Orange! It represents: Wellness, Creativity, Joy, Enthusiasm and Determination.

I own a collection of Orange Fayette glass vases. It makes me happy looking at them!

List 2-3 fun facts about you. 

I love an early morning run to set the tone of my day.  

I am an accomplished painter artist. 

I can play the accordion! Beer Barrel Polka anyone? 

Phone: 877-860-0807  Email: Ceciliaz@lawrance.com