Notes from a design industry non essential…

Our space in LIC

Despite feeling like I am under house arrest with brief visits to the local Costco or Whole Foods, this quarantine time has at least delivered one scrap of value: the impetus to re-connect with old friends and colleagues.  

As we connect, let us also consider how as an industry, we can do some good.   

We are fortunate to have intimate, very personal relationships with our patrons; the economically privileged for whom we help create homes that are more and more seen as an oasis from the outside world. 

How can we leverage the influence we have with our clients to help the small businesses in our industry?  How can we have maximum impact when purchasing from our vendors?

Please help the small businesses that depend on your patronage; Invest in our future as an industry; invest in your future supply chain–If we do not support our vendors now, they will not be there in 3 years when the next boom comes and our clients are clamoring for everything to be done yesterday.

On a more personal level, what are we doing to help our neighborhood businesses stay alive?  I am posing lots of questions here; please share your best ideas so we can all learn and emulate.

Be well and stay healthy,

Darius Nemati

Nemati Collection

Rugs of Artistic Merit

5 Comments to Notes from a design industry non essential…

  1. Constantin's Gravatar Constantin
    May 20, 2020 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    First suggestion is to make an online website, so we can order in real time your great products 🙂

  2. Linda Holtzschue's Gravatar Linda Holtzschue
    May 21, 2020 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Delighted to see that you are well…some day, this WILL be over

    Warm regards to you and your family-


    • Darius's Gravatar Darius
      May 22, 2020 at 12:36 am | Permalink

      Keep the positive outlook; please let me know if you need anything.


  3. May 21, 2020 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Hi Darius, I am glad to hear you are well. It’s been an interesting Spring to say the least… Interior Design has been difficult to practice so we have been helping our clients more with exterior improvements like additions, landscaping, new roofing, painting, solar installations, geothermal installations, etc. If nothing else, it makes us feel good about keeping our contractors busy. Slowly we are starting to think about getting back into Interiors but we are not quite comfortable with the idea yet. I am hearing from my upholsterers, drapery makers, etc that they are slowly starting to open as well which is good news. On a personal note, it’s been a great few months making masks for our local hospital and nursing home health care workers. What a great way to get rid of access designer fabrics! We’ve been able to raise quite a bit of $ for the New Haven Soup Kitchen for 4 weeks now with donations for our designer masks. So, life is as good as it can be under the circumstances. Looking forward to seeing you soon and appreciate your thoughtful letter. Defne

    • Darius's Gravatar Darius
      May 22, 2020 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      Great idea to use excess fabrics to make masks–Bravo!

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