Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Grant Gibson spills the beans:


In THIS post, I asked Grant Gibson what a designer does with the old stuff. He responded generously. Here's what he had to say:


"First, I have to say the best thing is when you are just going about your day and checking your favorite blogs and you come across something and it happens to be your own work. Or in this case, directed right to me.

I think that my apartment is really more of a long story and how it all started. When I found it it was a disaster. You can see the whole HERE.


This was an interesting time in my life. I was in my mid-twenties, just really starting off in the design industry and I didn't have a trust fund or stack of cash to decorate my own space.

Is a designer's home ever really done? I can honestly say that I think that it will really never be done.

Does my first apartment (when I was 18 years old) look anything like my place now? No. Then my tiny (an adjective that doesn't even capture how minuscule) studio when I lived in NY was a whole other look as well. As was my first apartment that I lived in when I moved to San Francisco. Now I am saving all of my pennies to hope to buy a small house of my own.

As I mentioned it was a chance and a place for me to really experiment and I did think of it as a laboratory in a way. I could buy something from the flea market and re-do it.
I think that I kind of got into this "neo-classical" look and put my own twist on it.
I look back at the photos of it when it was published and I can't believe just how much stuff I packed into it. It really IS a small apartment. I think that I might have been addicted to "STUFF". Maybe it is because I have seen it published that I shutter when I think of what it looked like.

There is a part of me that says, "I already did that. Now I want something new." I am a designer after all. I am always looking and finding new things. I am actually not a really sentimental person when it comes to furniture.

I feel like I have grown as a designer and my styles have evolved. I think that this actually might be an ongoing process.

My new direction will seem slightly more age appropriate to me. Mixing styles a bit more. Playing with modern - but keeping pieces that I still love.

Maybe I think of it as a laboratory of a space because I can take some changes and make mistakes. The truth is that if something doesn't work for me, I might end up with it in my garage and it might end up sitting in the space for a while. I try not to force or make suggestions of things that I have done that haven't worked for me to clients. That seems kind of desperate. But I have something that I think that would work, I might make the suggestion.
My two One King's Lane sales were like a garage sale on steroids! It gave me a place to really look at things around my own house and pick and choose the things that I wanted to move on from and what pieces were important to me.

Craigslist can work to sell things. I have sold things on it before for sure. When I had a large office space and then moved to a smaller space, I ended up selling lots of craigslist. It was a lot of work and people that wanted things basically wanted to pay nothing for things.

Ebay is a bit better. It takes a good amount of time. Esty is also a great source. I have seen a lot of great pieces of furniture listed. This all takes time.

People have this incorrect idea (in most cases) that in selling an item they can expect to receive at least what thy paid for it. If you buy a sofa for $5,000 and then sit on it for a year and then decide that you don't like it, you would have to be crazy to think that it would still be worth the same amount. It's like driving a car off the lot. The value depreciates instantly. Things are worth what people will pay. You might think that it is worth more, but if someone isn't willing to pay what you want, then you are going to be stuck with it.

I do have a general rule. Buy what you love. You might fall out of love with it over time. When you buy out of desperation and try to force purchases, you really can end up with some bad choices."

8 comments:

boops said...

Yeah, so he hasn't really said anything that we generally don't already know, but it was very nice that he responded.

Anonymous said...

Boops - don't be a dick. Sometimes blogs are just a conversation. You may not learn anything earth-shattering, but it's interesting to have a young designer reflect on his changing style.

Christiana said...

I found that Grant's NYT article so inspiring. So, it has been really cool to witness his evolution from there!

boops said...

Ouch....whoever you are. I was just expressing my opinion (and actually identifying myself), and even wrote how nice it was he even responded. Also, I don't cast aspersions in my conversations.

penelopebianchi said...

I think that is fascinating!

He did a great job of his apartment and an ingenious thing to make a deal with his landlord.

He also explained ways to save money and get a lot of bang for a buck!!!

mary said...

Personally, I think that Grant Gibson's style just gets better and better.....neo-classical may fade for a while, but it never goes out of fashion. Mary

doug @ tracery said...

Big Grant Gibson fan, have always found him to be both a talented designer and very nice person. I can't wait to see what he does next. I agree, a designer's home is never really "finished" (I know mine isn't)

Jen said...

So the tag sales on One Kings Lane, et al. are just old, unwanted stuff designers are unloading?