The queen of design Shaynna Blaze wraps up her creative journey as she reveals her spectacular lighting range!
Part two of my World of Design journey took me to the Big Apple. I was initially there for inspiration for a couple of pieces of my collection and the landscape was so very different to the slow, romantic qualities of Milan, Lake Como and Venice. It was just as bold as Italy but but in a whole different way.
Strong lines, bustling energy, bitumen, rusted timber, reflecting glass windows, streets lined with yellow taxis and billboards flashing. New York was edgy, gritty and the scale was tall, oversized and the colours were gritty. Contrast came in many forms of the historical Art Deco buildings alongside modern and sleek modern finishes. Aged metal and bricks against buildings built of glass but a lack of colour was very noticeable.
Then like a hidden oasis you discover, above street level the green of the highline and the glittering Hudson river that skirts the edges of the island and then natural wonderland that is Central park; a relaxing the respite next to one of the busiest business landscapes in the world.
Taking the ferry to Liberty Island allowed me to drink in that famous Skyline that has inspired so many immigrants as they approached the land of hope. The sheer scale of the width and height as you approach from Liberty island is overwhelming but at the same time, totally awe inspiring. What did I get from this? That in every huge and overwhelming place you can always find a little bit of peace hidden no matter where you are.
Then it was off to the Atlanta trade-fair where I was not only showing my lamps for the first time but not seeing all the final prototypes added a huge amount of stress. One of the biggest comforts was meeting up with my good friend Tai Schaffler from bandhini.com.au, who showed me around America’s Mart, the biggest Trade Fair in America.
To have a some-one who has broken ground in this tough industry gives you the confidence you are on the right track, (well that is what I told myself!!).
The trade fair was the end of the journey and the place where I knew my designs were going to shine or crash and standing there waiting for people to not only walk by and look at the lights but order them for their shops and clients was incredibly nerve wracking.
My World of Design has given me so much inspiration for design and also allowed me to meet inspiring creative and business people who are giving and open to sharing their knowledge. This has shown me all over again that if you have a dream, put yourself on the line, take your self our of your comfort zone and give it a go. You never know, you could end up travelling to the other side of the world and discover more than you ever thought possible.
See behind the scenes of Shaynna's New York adventure below!