David Michael Miller Associates Interior Design Firm

hello - October 20th, 2011

ok, this is my official entry into the new cyber world of blogging, facebook, and all things “web”. in the process of updating our website, our web designers let me know that blogging was a “new essential” in the world of web presence. i just sort of looked at them skeptically and said, “ummm, i can’t see myself making blog posts, or doing the facebook thing”. but then, after a little time, i thought that i would embrace the idea. for the blog, even if no one actually reads it, writing can bring clarity to issues that we all process in our lives, careers and so on – so there is a great opportunity there. besides, i really like to write, and those who know me, know that i have definite opinions and passions about certain subjects, design not least among them.

for those of us operating in the world of design and architecture, our professional disciplinary sphere is moving fast, and in recent years has produced some new, very real challenges. not least among the challenges is the web itself – ironic in that this method of communication i am using right now would be impossible without the web! that said, the web has splintered and diffused our field of design and design services. the web has paradoxically opened us up to seeing products and design creations from around the world in essentially real time – while at the same time, our clients and the public at large, has essentially the same access to all of that information. this reality brings the promise of greater education and aptitude among those people who are, or who might be, our clients. however, it also creates more challenges in being in front of what is out there – as the target is always moving. of course, along with diffusing the world of design, the web has also enriched it with so many efficiencies in sourcing, technical design applications, real time product updates, digital modeling of buildings and their interiors, in computer drafting and the advantages of interdisciplinary sharing, and so on.

it seems as though the way to deal with these rapid changes in the world of design, is to jump on board and morph with the times. i think it likely that this topic will be a familiar theme in my blog.

i also plan to share aspects of projects, materials, and sources that i experience and think that others could benefit from. if i am going to add to the information explosion out there, i am intending to share information or ideas that have practical value, or that encourage contemplation. that is a part of all this that i find interesting and exciting.

4 thoughts on “hello

  1. Well, I feel as though I have found an old friend! At the very least, a kindred spirit! David, your work is breath-taking! I am aligned with your philosophy and approach to interior design. I am a designer and the owner of an Interior Architectural Design firm in St Louis, MO. I would like to comment on the dichotomy (all of them,actually) that you make reference to in your Blog-Beginning with my own love/hate relationship with all things cyber……yet, I must admit that my fascination and passion for knowing more, seeing more and consequently sharing more far out weighs my earlier fears and angst of not imagining how I could keep up or even catch up to keep up! The design professional’s ability to be nimble, agile and omnipotent in sensing, then engaging the potential client’s “what I want now” list feels daunting. I agree that the transparency of the web has stripped us of our “closely held” professional secrets…….where to get what and sourcing pieces that were so unusual that they felt like magic.
    The great gift of this new world, though, is being able to showcase what it is that the clients actually seek us out to provide: Our experience; our intellectual property as it were. As a consequence, I am more at ease in sharing what my experience, my intellect and creativity provide than my concern about the client being able to access my sources.
    Like your firm, my firm’s focus is creating one of a kind environments that honor those who reside in them. I never grow tired of creating “Home” for a client. It is my intention that each client is falling in love with their home over and over again every single day. Regardless of every daunting and sometimes silly fear that I have about what’s next….how can I stay current; blah blah blah….I remain humble and in awe of creating environments that support the well being of each client.
    Thank you for being out there, David, and your willingness to share from your heart! I am inspired by YOU. I will look you up when I am next in AZ~

  2. I am a huge fan of your work. One of your kitchens inspired me to give mine a makeover with the same drawer pulls, marble and some white paint. I carried an image from a magazine for years but finally did it. Your work is an stunning!

  3. David..I had followed your work for years when I was living in Paradise Valley..immediately found a kindred spirit. I had a design firm in Denver before spending winters in Az. I had hoped to meet you, but want to say how much I admire your philosophy and projects. Due to husband’s illness, I’m back in Denver full-time now..I miss the inspiration of the desert .My taupe girl address sums up my love of natural and neutral design.

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