David Michael Miller Associates Interior Design Firm

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25th anniversary reflections - November 1st, 2014

at the outset in 1989, it seemed unlikely to me that david michael miller associates interior design would succeed sufficiently to ever allow me to reflect on 25 years of business. from beginning dmma in a converted second bedroom in a rented condominium at 17th avenue & camelback road, to operating out of our wonderful modern studio building in old town scottsdale today, we have certainly evolved and matured. over the years, we have had the good fortune to work for many very special clients, and have had the privilege of traveling to some pretty interesting places in the course of our work. i am so grateful to our clients who have allowed us to help shape the places and spaces in which they live.

of course through the years, i have been helped by some very talented people within my own studio, as well as have been able to collaborate with many gifted architects, craftspeople, builders and workrooms along the way. no accumulation of good work in interior design is possible without being surrounded by talented people—and through the years there have been a great many. at the dmma studio itself, shelley behrhorst & brian wieberg have been working with me now for two decades, and our clients know how important their contributions are to our completed work. their tireless attention to detail, and vigilant efforts over the years have facilitated the creation of some very beautiful interiors. after all, the conception and visualization of our project’s interiors is not sufficient in and of itself–you must have the right talent around you to implement those conceptions and visualizations to make them real. i have been very lucky in that realm over the years.

so, for those who might be starting out in interior design, take heart—if i can start a business in a rented condominium with wall to wall plush carpeting and popcorn ceilings, there is certainly hope for all! and to those clients, builders and architects who have invited us to join them in their projects over the last 25 years, we count you as friends today, and we extend our greatest thanks and appreciation.

at the end of the day, i consider myself blessed to be able to work in a field that i love. probably because i enjoy interior design as much as i do, looking back, it seems impossible that a quarter century has elapsed!

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.