The Story of #DXVDesignPanel 2018 and our Collaboration with DXV
Sally and I have been selected as one of four interior design firms from the US and Canada to be members of #DXVDesignPanel 2018 and will be posting periodic updates of our collaboration with DXV. Please follow us on our journey, starting here.
Seriously, we are on Cloud Nine and are still wrapping our heads around it.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s rewind the tape all the way back to January of this year, when I was participating in #BlogTourKBIS, and Sally and I were introduced to DXV for the first time. Upon seeing their displays, I can clearly remember telling Sally how much their product reminded me of jewelry for the bathroom. (I think this short video clip we produced makes the point quite nicely.)
It was at KBIS that we learned about DXV’s commitment to the interior design community, and their DXV Design Panel. I remember thinking, “That would be cool, to be on The Panel.”
Fast forward to mid-August, to DXV’s announcement seeking designers for their 2018 DXV Design Panel. Their requirements? Submit concept drawings for a Paris inspired bathroom by September 20.
Sally and I looked at each other and said, “Paris is our favorite place! We can do this!”
I can’t tell you how many hours went into our effort, because we lost track. Lets just say, . . . “many”. I can tell you that we started out with 8 different floor plans and concepts that we narrowed down to three. We then developed each of those schemes further. After much discussion, we decided upon The One, which we submitted for DXV’s design competition. Here is a sketch of it.
Then the waiting began. . .
That was the worst. . .
Not knowing. . .
In mid October, we received an email from DXV congratulating us as being one of four design firms selected for their 2018 #DXVDesign Panel. On behalf of DXV, Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus and Creative Director of DXV’s Design Panel, posted a brief video on her Facebook page announcing the 2018 panelists, who are: Jonathan Legate, Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Laura Muller, Four Point Design Build, Inc., from Los Angeles; Alan Tanksley, Alan Tanksley, Inc., New York; and us, Wilson Kelsey Design, Boston.
Step into our #WorldOfDXV. Watch as Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus – The Design Directory reveals the four designers who will reimagine “Art. The Masters” in the 2018 #DXVDesignPanel!
Posted by DXV on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Included in the email from DXV was our new assignment: Design another bathroom, with finished construction documents due by mid November. . . YIKES!!!
The upside? It’s going to be built!!!
So, early last week, Sally and I, and the other 2018 design panelists, met with the DXV Build Team in Minneapolis to review everyone’s proposed designs. We can’t reveal anything about what we saw, other than these new designs will blow your doors off.
Today, Sally and I are in Minneapolis soaking in the creative mojo that is #DXVDesignPanel 2018 and #WorldofDXV. What an amazing, energizing and uplifting day it has been!!!!
Posted by Wilson Kelsey Design on Monday, November 13, 2017
Let’s take a few moments and look at the four bathrooms designed by DXV’s Design Panel 2017. DXV’s product line falls within four design movements – Classic, Golden Era, Modern and Contemporary. Each year a design theme is chosen and each designer is assigned a movement upon which they base their design theme. 2017’s design theme was “Cities of the World”.
The Classic Movement and Corey Damen Jenkins were a perfect match. Corey is a traditionalist whose designs always have a twist to them. He says about his design, “Florence being a destination really mirrors what I tried to achieve for DXV. I want every space to feel like a destination. It’s timeless, it’s classic, it has no expiration date. I don’t want to have any expiration dates on what I do.”
Kati Curtis drew from her travels to Morocco, choosing the city of Casablanca and hammam, an ancient bathing tradition, as her Golden Era Movement inspiration. Of her design, she said, “I love imagining Humphrey Bogart lounging with his cigar in this room. But I can also see someone using it today. It’s the contrast that I love—the glamour and the grit, the old and the new, the rough and the refined.”
Mid Century Hygge and the city of Copenhagen inspired Michele Alfano’s Modern Movement Bathroom. Hygge – pronounced “hoo-ga,” is a Danish concept that cannot be translated into one single word, but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being, expressed by enjoying the simple things in life. Michele says of her bathroom, “It heightens your senses, whether you’re soaking in the tub, standing on the fur rug or sitting on the bench with a warm cup of coffee. I love clean lines, but overlay them with bold graphics, texture, and pattern, so there’s fusion between the clean and the tactile.”
Toronto based interior designer, Alison Habermehl, created a contemporary bathroom she describes as “for a creative woman whose daytime life often rolls into the nighttime social. She loves the best of the best and is very particular. In the future, I think we’re going to see a softer, more feminine style—curvaceous design, no sharp corners, everything is very sensuous.”
As you can see from the above four photos, the 2017 DXV Design Panel team has set the bar high. Rest assured the 2018 #DXVDesignPanel maintains their level of design creativity and quality.
Stay tuned for periodic updates and the big reveal in June 2018!
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