Friday, April 15, 2011

Kyle Bunting

We LOVE creative,  unique design!  Kyle Bunting is one our favorite artisans' to use because of his beautiful original designs! 
Kyle Bunting is an Austin based designer who works solely with hide as his medium (many refer to him as "the hide master"). He makes everything from rugs, wallcoverings, upholstery, and even furniture--all of which is pretty amazing considering no one else does what he does on the high-end design scale. While others do create hide rugs, no other designer has translated this chic (and soft!) floor décor onto walls and other surfaces the way Kyle has. 

He works with an extensive color palette and can custom make any piece to fit rooms with unconventional shapes or dimensions in order to make his clients visions a reality.  Recently, Kyle has installed a piece in the W Hotel in Dallas, created custom pieces for Saudi Royalty, and even created his own take on Hollywood's "Red Carpet", which has been used at events in Los Angeles including Oscar parties. He is a much sought after designer with a highly innovative design concept and has done work all over the world in hotels, residences, and yachts.

Below are some pictures of Kyle's work, including a photo of a family room by Design Associates featuring a Kyle Bunting rug.  Also a couple of photos to help illustrate the rug design process we went through.
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Jet Stream Rug and Hide Paper on Wall

Bittersweet Rug by Kyle Bunting in Family Room
Interior by Design Associates

Bunting Look Book with Hide Sample Card
This was were we selected the hide colors and design.

4x4 of Hides Selected

Sample of design with hides selected sent from Kyle Bunting for approval.

Rug rendering sent from Kyle Bunting for Approval.

Greystone Carpet

Eclipse Pattern

Hide Paper on Bar Front

Mr.Crowley Pattern

Surrender Rug

Kyle Bunting standing on one of his beautiful creations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Why Hire a Designer?

Interior designers are passionate about improving their clients' lives through style, comfort and concepts that are unique to the individual.  They are experts at balancing design excellence (pattern, color, texture) with functionality (space planning, organization, technical/performance requirements).  The knowledge of a professional interior designer can bring your vision to life and provide extraordinary results.
An interior designer has more to offer than most people actually realize.  With years of experience in the field and a design education background, a trained professional has all of the necessary tools to make a project come together.  A designer can assist in the selection of finishes including, flooring, paint, wallcoverings, doors and hardware, plumbing fixtures and lighting; while stretching a clients budget and ensuring that the project will have a cohesive overall look and feel.  The selection of these more permanent items by a designer can save a  client from making a costly mistake themselves.
An interior designer can offer a master plan which helps guide the project from start to finish.  Keeping all parties involved on track and organized.  A designer offers beautiful and creative solutions for everyday living.  With a wealth of resources for just about any product you can imagine, an interior designer can offer a significant discount from retail for all of their products.  Most buyers assume spending their own time "shopping around" will save money, but in the long run letting a designer do the work saves both time and money.

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Sketch by Velvet & Linen

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Design Board by Design Associates

Design Board by Design Associates

Design Board by Design Associates

Floor Plan Rendering by Design Associates