Amy Grace Mason [amygmason]
What is your specialty?
office furniture planning - cubicle layouts, seating, panel planning
What made you interested in design?
as i child i loved architecture, color and fun furniture. it's just something i've always been drawn to.
What has been your professional career path?
interned in high school at a residential design studio, went to college & graduated with a BS in Family & Consumer Sciences w/ a concentration in interior design. interned & worked part-time my last year of college at a furniture [Knoll] dealership where i still work today.
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
dreams of something bigger and gaining experience and doing the best i can until then.
How would you define your design style?
modern, clean, colorful, always changing
How do you promote and move your work?
mostly blogging, but our work website has pictures of work i've been involved in. i also take the pictures. also a lot of our references are by word-of-mouth.
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
restaurant or retail design. i would like to become more full-service, being involved in the process [layouts, planning] and the finish [lighting, accessories, staging]
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
most of my work is done after a room is aesthetically completed. i usually focus more on concept and how the end user would like to work in the space.
What are your sources for documentation and to generate ideas?
many of our furniture vendors [Knoll, OFS, Carolina Business Furniture, KI], blogs or magazines i read [Metropolitan Home, Real Simple].
What is your favourite type of customer?
one who isn't afraid of color, to work outside the box or do something different.
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
in what i do i believe so. as far as furniture layouts for cubicles or private offices goes, i believe we are encouraged by our vendors to use layouts they suggest but to also come up with something new and creative.
List some things you dislike seeing in design.
too much color, clutter [in accessories or too much furniture], too much pattern
Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?
not necessarily, though they are learning new ways of showing design and executing it with computer programs.
How do you calculate budgets for a design project?
we are usually given budgets from the customer, then create the layout they desire and cut out unnecessary items if over budget.
Which professionals in your field -contemporary or past- do you most admire?
being a Knoll dealer, i admire all the Knoll designers. Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, Bertoia and Saarinen are some of my favorites. i love their desire to do something different, to push the limits and create artwork in furniture.
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
AutoCAD Architecture, Team Design, CAP Designer & Worksheet, Microsoft Excel & Outlook
If you weren't a designer, what would you be doing?
maybe i would have tried Architecture or designing in a different field [Graphic, Fashion, Product Design]
At this moment, what would be your dream job or project?
dream job might be working independently or for a large company. dream project would be a large commercial building - either a restaurant, museum, etc - something that lots of people would benefit from.
Can you see yourself in this field twenty years from now?
Which design resources online do you frequently visit?
vendor websites, blogs, building codes/standards
Amy Grace Mason
Erie, PA, USA