Behind the Design: Eric Roseff of Eric Roseff Designs
Designer Spotlight: Eric Roseff of Eric Roseff Designs – Boston, MA
How did you get where you are today?
My career path was a bit circuitous, but all roads definitely led to interior design. I studied business and art in college, and took a job as a graphic designer in NYC after graduating. From there, I designed a line of hand-painted canvas footwear, which then became a retailer with a store called Salmagundi. I had a seasonal location on Long Beach Island, NJ, and then opened a second full-time location on Newbury Street in Boston. We represented artists who designed and created home furnishings, jewelry, clothing, etc. All pieces were one of a kind. I really embraced my art background and began doing a lot of decorative painting, murals, gilding, and Trompe L’oeil. I worked for a number of interior designers in Boston, and one became my mentor. I closed my retail stores and never looked back. I can still see how every career turn gave me something special and led me to where I am now. I am still based in Boston, as it’s truly my home. In addition to my projects in the Boston area, I do travel quite often for design projects; currently to Connecticut, Vermont, Florida, Montana and California.
Eric Roseff Designs is a full service firm, working on both residential and commercial spaces. What’s the most exciting part about starting a new project?
I get an adrenaline rush when I begin a new project. I relish the thought of new found creativity, trying and discovering new things. Interacting with new clients and looking at design from their point of view is also exciting.
How do you stay current and source interesting, new-to-market products and materials to incorporate in your designs?
I am forever curious! I will read every design publication, travel, attend markets, scour retail establishments, as well as the Internet. I also love re-imagining pieces, whether vintage, antique or new.
Are there certain trends, materials and/or colors you’re particularly into right now?
Color is SO important to me, and it can be extremely challenging when you factor in all of the elements of an interior. I do not tend to follow trends, but rather rely on my own intuition. It’s funny, because copper has been trending for some time and I personally embraced copper years ago. I clad my entire kitchen…cabinets, appliances, in copper. I even have a copper range! I’ve also always had a major orange crush. I keep my mind open to new things, so I’m often surprised to where it leads.
Can you name some of your favorite Boston vendors that you work with?
McLaughlin Upholstering is a particular favorite. They are a phenomenal upholstery workroom, using old world techniques to create the most amazing upholstered furniture pieces. They can do anything!
How does designing make you feel?
Designing makes me feel like I am forever young. It stimulates me, keeps me on my toes, energizes me.
What’s your business mantra?
Everyone deserves good design.
When you start a new project, how do you get to know your client and the space?
I really need to spend some time in the space, both alone, and with the client. When I first visit the space, I need to stand in it, almost in silence, to observe the light, feel the space, and listen to what it has to say. I listen to the client as well, often times having to read between the lines. I also ask a lot of questions.
How do you juggle multiple projects at once and stay organized?
This may be the most challenging thing. We maintain binders and drawers for each project. The drawers contain all materials, whether they are final selections, or things still being considered. The work tables in the office are a constant rotation of stacks of materials, paint chips, floor plans, tear sheets, etc. It can honestly look like a twister came through! I’m absolutely simpatico with Albert Einstein who said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to make of an empty desk?”.
In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding part about finishing a project?
It is as simple as a smile on a clients’ face. Also, watching the space become inhabited, come to life, and function as planned.
Why did you join Ivy?
I knew it was time to try something new, in an attempt to streamline and organize. It really feels like I have gained a partner with Ivy.
How has Ivy helped streamline your workflow?
Ivy makes everything so easy to understand and comprehend, helping to make the business side of interior design less stressful and easier to navigate. Also, Ivy is most definitely a time saver.
What’s an Ivy feature you can’t live without?
The ease of creating highly professional invoices and purchase orders, and without a doubt, the 24/7 support system!
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