The Perfect Intersection of Form & Function: Designing Timeless Interiors

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What Inspires Me:Many things inspire me; from an eye-catching interior space dressed in layers of lighting to a beautiful slender architectural structure strategically highlighted by the setting sun. But there is one piece of furniture that strikes my inspirational chord every time I cast an eye in its direction. 

54 years and standing strong…… The Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair was born in 1958 for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen lobby and reception area. Garnering the respect of the most prestigious eyes throughout the design industry, this simple, elegant piece of furniture inspires me to create interiors that will last a lifetime.

Who would have thought that an oddly shaped chair of yesterday would be an iconic beauty of today? From Contemporary to eclectic spaces, residential and commercial design, leather to upholstered fabric, colored to neutral, even television and movie appearances, to me, no other piece of furniture is more transformative that the “Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair”.  Photographed alone or in a setting, the Egg Chair is quite attractive.

With strong curves, a firm backside and stunning architecture, it is the quintessential inspiration piece. The egg’s huggable features make it akin to a security blanket or the great lounge chair. And, although its form is attractive, its function is equally impressive. Built for comfort and privacy, it is the perfect atmosphere for silent conversations – Form and function operating as one. Creating pretty spaces alone is not an interior designer’s forte; but rather a space must function for its intended purpose and fit squarely within its owner’s existence.“ Marilyn Russell

 ABOUT image  Marilyn Russell, ASID, IIDA, is the President | Principal Designer of Design Magnifique, an up and coming interior design firm in Orlando, Florida. With her Business Management degree in hand, Marilyn went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, a winning combination to successfully starting and managing her own design firm. While working on her design degree, Marilyn participated in a Study Abroad program in London focusing on the history of interior design and architecture.

Marilyn recently participated in BlogtourNYC with Modenus, an online design hub for interior designers. Marilyn favors clean, organic and simple lines in a modernist approach that mixes both rustic and contemporary elements. Connect with Marilyn on her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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