Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Creative Growth

James Huniford, AKA "Ford"  designed an apartment for Manhattan House residences on the Upper Eastside.  The 9-room residence truly captures the designers signature aesthetic: simplistic, odd and a little rough around the edges, but in a beautiful naturalistic way.  Ford has always been able to create great design through his philanthropy work, by allowing his passion to help others merge into his artistic abilities.  Through this outlet Ford continues to be a leading designer, and the work he has done for Manhattan House shows testament to that.  James has used this project to support the Creative Growth Art Center, a non-profit organization that supports and nurtures artists with mental, physical and developmental disabilities allowing the artist's to grow and evolve creatively through positive support.  The art that Ford has used throughout the spaces are works from Dan Miller, Judith Scott, and Aurie Ramirez of Creative Growth.  Designer and artist's together have created a chic apartment I must say!

Ironically this story holds some symbolism, in my eyes at least.  As most know, Ford recently split from Sills & Huniford to create his own design firm which continues to grow and evolve, also, I have had the pleasure of being a designer at Huniford, which also allowed me to grow creatively and hone my own design aesthetic.  It really is all about "Creative Growth" isn't it?!

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