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LESSONS OF SUMMER: Newsletter Jun 2013

Posted June 26, 2013 by & filed under
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I have always believed that good design goes far beyond what the human eye can see.  That’s why it says in our design statement: “Beauty has always had a profound effect on the human spirit” and it “should affect us and those around us in a positive, uplifting way.” There are many ways that this can be incorporated into design and today we’re going to talk about two of them. Hope you enjoy! 


Anita Lang

Work starts at the East Valley Campus of the Foundation for Blind Children! 

The 2013 Inspire Foundation project is currently in full swing and it is so exciting to be a part of the team working to update the East Valley Campus of the Foundation for Blind Children. This particular project came with a set of design challenges that are very unique, and will be extremely rewarding upon completion.  Creating a space filled with beauty that resonates not only with all who can see it but also with those who need to experience it with other senses allows the design team to focus on the energy within the space itself.

FBC Main Entrance

The design plan incorporates textures, architectural details and materials that are multi-dimensional and have been specifically selected for visually impaired students.  Understanding that visual impairment can vary greatly in each individual, the design incorporates details that can be felt while moving through the school as well as features like glass tubes filled with flowing liquid, bubbles and changing lights. This is a cutting edge therapeutic procedure that allows those in the vicinity to engage senses other than just sight.

As designers we know it’s possible to become dependent on vision as the only mode by which to relay a design goal. But while that is a major force, sight is not the exclusive focus designers should maintain throughout a project. The 2013 Inspire Foundation project will showcase methods by which multiple senses can be engaged in a single space.    Let us know if you’d like to schedule a visit to experience this unique design firsthand!

Lessons from Summer Travels

Who doesn’t love summer travel? In our hectic daily lives we often forget the deep connection we have to our environment.  While being in nature is a great way to open the mind and stimulate the senses, there are resort properties around the world that create microcosms themselves and become stand-alone destinations.   While not all resort properties are created equal,  those that manage to find their own inspiration clearly rise above the rest.   Interior designers often use these properties as creative “muses” to bring resort ideas to residential lifestyles and create sanctuaries within individual homes.  In her recent travels, IMI Design’s  Anita Lang took note of three distinct design concepts:

 #1 capturing the natural vernacular

The Shutters Resort in Santa Monica is an excellent example of a space that captures the feel of a seaside vernacular.   For beach lovers this property blends elegance with casual comfort, where you can still put your sandy feet up.   The textural materials used throughout the property further propel this value statement.   White painted clapboard, sisal rugs and while linen slipcovers  – every detail brings the experience to a higher note.

#2 creating the essence of an era

The Peninsula in Shanghai uses architectural detailing that transports vacationers to Shanghai’s glory days of the 1920s.    Creating a sense of the time period without compromising modern luxuries can be a challenge but this property did it flawlessly.    A continental leader in luxury, the resort easily accomplished the feel of a time period of glamour with elegant exotic woods, black lacquer and dramatic vertical lines.   In order to create a sense of a time period, architectural detailing is of tremendous importance.     Colors and materials are used to further accent the feeling created by the overall design statement.

 #3  evoking a mood

Certain resort properties are masters at creating a mood to an entire property.   Pelican Hill in Newport, California is a great example

Inspired by the classic 16th century architect Palladio,this property is executed in a refined hand without sacrificing elegant nuances.Traditional references are not overly designed but kept to simple graceful forms in rich materials of limestone and woods.

The calmness of the neutral palette creates instant serenity for the guest avoiding busy patterns colors or distractions of unnecessary adornment.     This property is a great example of the importance of scale and proportion. By  the masterful use of appropriate scale,  even simple architectural details and elements hold their needed importance within the space while not contributing to visual clutter.Is there a resort property that you cannot forget?    You’re not alone.  Many of IMI Design clients model their homes after famed resort properties.

Pictured above is a residential project completed by IMI Design.  The homeowners traveled extensively around the world and asked the design team to create concept that reflected the soothing feel of the resorts they visited during their trips.    Our team successfully designed a masterpiece retreat that brought the homeowners right back to their favorite vacation memories without ever leaving their home.

 Custom Den

Did you catch the KTAR interview and  Arizona Republic article?

The Inspire Design project has been getting a lot of press!

The  Arizona Republic recently covered the Inspire Design Foundation in an article published earlier this month.   If you didn’t get a chance to catch the print copy, you can still read the article online: by clicking HERE or copying this link into your internet browser: 

On June 25th, Anita Lang was interviewed by KTAR’s reporter Christina Estes.   The interview aired and is also available online on the station’s website.  Follow this link KTAR Interview or type this into your browser: 

Inspire Foundation Logo

Meet the 2013

Inspire Foundation Sponsors 

 With deep gratitude to all companies and individuals who are making the 2013 Inspire Foundation project a reality for the Foundation of Blind Children:

 Lynne Beyer

John Boesel

Cesare and Myra Caldarelli   

Costello Childs 

Contemporary Fine Art 

Designers Workroom

Dunn-Edwards Paint 

Marti Diehl 

Facings of America

Cory Fournier

  Higgins Architects

  JetSet Magazine

Jeff Jirele

  John Brooks Inc.

 Philip Johnson

   La Casa Builders  

Linear Fine Woodworking

Luster Custom Homes

Alisha McClain

Siena Mueller

Sophie Mueller  

Mr. P’s Blind and Shade Company 

Pacific Furniture Manufacturing   

Papagnos Marble   

Joe and Karen Potenza

Janice Roetman  

 Ross Custom Upholstery  

 Salcito Custom Homes 

  Scrivner Design Group  

SIG Fotos    

Tango Media, LLC   

Theodore Steinberg

Guy Stewart  

Tsontakis Architecture 


Andrew and Emily Walkerwicz  

Wall Resources  

Peter Zakos

 If you would like be support the Inspire Design Foundation, please send an email to or call us at: 480-837-8979

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