“Our Home is the Finger Print of our Heritage and Consciousness”

-Erika Winters®-

Erika Winters® Design

lunes, 15 de junio de 2015

Paris “La Ciudad de Las Luces” y Adrián Sierra García “El Sr. Luz Parisino”


                                              




















Todas ciudades importantes cuentan con un Sr. Luz y Paris no puede ser  la excepción puesto que fue aquí en donde  la reputación de París como la "Ciudad de las Luces" se conformó siendo así el centro intelectual durante el Siglo de las Luces. 
"La Ville-Lumière", como se llamaba entonces, París fue el lugar en donde nació el Siglo de las Luces y fue famosa como centro de la educación y de las ideas en toda Europa.
En Paris hay mas de 296 sitios iluminados como hoteles, iglesias, estatuas, fuentes, monumentos nacionales y edificios. 37 puentes, bellos y románticos bulevares como “Campos Elíseos”,  la Plaza de la Concordia hasta el Arco de Triunfo  y desde luego la maravillosa Torre Eiffel.


Por su parte El arquitecto mexicano Adrian Sierra García es como estas personas que llamamos “un personaje”,  es difícil separar su obra de su personalidad. 
A veces arquitecto, a veces artista, siempre humano, sabe cómo transformar el espacio, el volumen y la percepción con este deseo implícito de introducir un elemento de sueño, y para incluir todos y la participación de todos. Aunque multilingüe (Inglés, español, francés), Adrian utiliza el lenguaje universal de la luz para expresarse, en este cruce visual, sin palpables y sensible; sus obras encarnan su  propia voluntad de alcanzar y tocar todos y cada uno de nosotros. 
El es extravagantemente exigente y meticuloso por lo que su obra incorpora el progreso y la tecnología de la era en la que vivimos.


Adrian Sierra Garcia, quien es artista / diseñador mexicano-estadounidense, es  Arquitecto egresado de “California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA”. Vive y trabaja entre Los Ángeles y París. 
Diseña y construye obras de arte efímero a gran escala para eventos. También practica  instalaciones artísticas monumentales permanentes que crean nuevas experiencias que transforman día a día los espacios que nos conducen a estados de comunicación, reflexión y el asombro. 
El cometido de sus obras son celebrar y fomentar la paz entre comunidades a a través del factor sorpresa utilizando el elemento universal de la luz.
En una sociedad donde el tiempo de ocio desaparece rápidamente, Adrian nos ofrece
experiencias audaces y empíricas que nos permitan romper con las situaciones inconscientes de monotonía y cotidianidad. 

Tiene a bien la utilización de espacios públicos  como su propio lienzo, lo que le permite acceder a nuestro mundo multicultural con la esperanza de transformar nuestra manera en que percibir la vida cotidiana interactúan no sólo con su arte, sino también entre nosotros mismos.


Adrián Sierra García crea obras de arte dinámicas basadas en principios arquitectónicos que dividen el espacio de luz y color para involucrar al público de una manera profunda. Adrian trata de ejecutar un arte que es a la vez

abstracto y físico.













                                                                            


                           -Erika Winters-











viernes, 30 de enero de 2015

Color Trends for 2015 by Erika Winters

With big firms leading the way, we can see influences continuing to give the magic of color to everyday life.

Color palettes, chromatic scales, shades, are often the subject of conversation and this helps us understand each trend.

We must not forget that “color trends” result from a series of prior trends. It also follows on from how color has been used in the creative arts for a number of years at the forefront of design and architecture projects. Nor should we overlook how each market sector interprets them. In other words, when color trends become personal, users apply the range of colors according to their taste or criteria. Multinational companies obviously make their forecasts for a line of trends based on social, economic, design and, of course, decorative considerations.

Color trends for 2015 include warmer, solid and opaque colors; metallic shades have also been gaining support in the world of interior decorating.

Skin-colored tints, pinks, reds and oranges are amplified and contrasted with blue and green to create geometrical and linear shapes.

Base colors are earthy and natural, with sandy and sepia hues, and for detailing we see brighter shades of yellow and orange. Opaque green and brown provide the canvas of inspiration and the magic of color. Each one of these colors is full of life and inspires experimentation.

So here is what we can expect for 2015:

- A subtle use of color combinations or groups, rather than a single shade used in isolation; mainly soft and pastel colors will be combined.

- For those who like a classical, discrete and more conservative decorative style, we can find a more traditional palette of plum, light pink and cream, combined with light gray, greenish blue and khaki.

In my view, the color trend has changed from being a trend to becoming a way of life since Asia has become a strong influence due to its people’s way of life and its nature.

For Spring, shades of green and sepia; crystalline colors like turquoise, since water is a source of inspiration to leave behind the harsh winter and snowfalls, and makes way for sources of natural stone and swimming pools which are also fashionable.

Earthy elements like glazed ceramics in turquoise, green, red-orange and mustard yellow, along with willow baskets, chairs made of wicker and wood, and dyed or undyed  carpets made of natural fibers. Seeds and organically shaped branches for decoration.
This way of life includes tea, as well as jars and glasses with simple yet bold and repetitive designs in strong, solid colors, are also important for this season.

Organic and molecular shapes continue to be powerful, both in industrial design and architecture, since they are defined by nature and simplicity.

The natural colors of materials such as stone, concrete and wood form the base of vibrant, light and explosive colors that make up the color palette. Everything that produces shadows will be welcome, even to move from white to black. Colors to follow: aqua, pink, violet, yellow and orange.

This color palette, combined with geometric and industrial shapes, is always about comfort and elegance of a chic and urban decorative style.
                                                                                                        By Erika Winters



martes, 30 de diciembre de 2014

2014 Retrospective



A review of the year 2014; the work obtained good choices and the opportunity to do even better.

I am ready for a new beginning in 2015 and excited about the opportunity to continue my adventure!

Showing good times and environments that will be kept. These are the things I achieved in 2014 and which will continue in this New Year.


The dedication to my work led me to achieve new challenges in my career. In 2014 I finished the decoration of a 7k sq. ft. residence in Beverly Hills, CA. I started this project in 2013 and I had so much fun with the opportunity to share good moments with my client choosing, buying and making decisions.








With my design and construction firm in Los Angeles CA, I have being able to approach bigger and substantial clients. In March 2014, I started the design and decoration of a 13k sq. ft. office in Agoura Hills, CA. I spent all year planning, designing and decorating. I worked very close with my client. He was so pleased with the results, he asked me to design the gardens with a plaza area including the water features and the main lobby for the building of the office.






“Erika Winters Design expands its horizon to Los Angeles CA.” This is the phrase I used in 2011. Since then, I have not stopped working and seeking for more horizons.
Among the projects this year, my firm started and finished a Carwash and a 76 Bella MarketPlace Gas Station both in Long Beach, CA, a Circle K convenience store in Placentia, CA, a Bella MarketPlace in San Marcos CA, and a Bella Marketplace in Victorville CA.






Beside all, I love to write as a hobby, I express myself writing for MasarikTV.com.  I am able to share personal and professional experiences of my traveling, art and museums visits, long nights designing and my practice in the field! 
Fortunately, media in Mexico and USA published my work too.





Take a look! My portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community. Badge of Best of Design 2014.   

We are closing the year with a new image for erikawintersdesign.com so come and visit us!!

I thank you all for your trust, friendship and confidence.


miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014

Setting Up a Studio in Los Angeles: Let the Adventure Begin . . .




For many years, I had the good fortune to have my showroom in a house on Atlixco 45 in the Colonia Condesa in Mexico City, in the same building where I had grown up with my sisters, my mother and great aunts, and where my mother and her brothers had been raised before me.


The Condesa district was also where my parents met each other, fell in love, and were reputedly the best-looking couple in the neighborhood. That’s right, my mum and dad.


As a young girl, my mother would tell me about the importance of “beauty”, “style” and “art”. This meant that I grew up surrounded by music and art books, and we would go on visits to museums, galleries, antique stores, and as we grew older she would take us to open-air concerts in Chapultepec Park and at Mexico’s largest public university, the UNAM. My mother also enrolled me on summer courses at museums such as the Carrillo Gil. And of course, how could I forget our ritual visits to La Lagunilla market in downtown Mexico City, where we would always come down with something afterwards!



These experiences definitely lie at the roots of the person I am today and provide a source of inspiration to me. The years went by and after spending my childhood playing in that house, I had become a woman. 

I named my showroom Erika Winters Design just over 10 years ago. 
Who would have guessed that after 40 years the house would become the home for my professional career as an interior designer. I converted a part of the house into my workshop, where I produced several pieces of restored furniture in a myriad of colors and exotic materials. A house that created decorative designs, dreams and realities. 



Thanks to my “good taste” and “characteristic style” I attracted clients who helped me continue to hone my skills and grow in my chosen career. I was always very attentive to my clients’ tastes and needs, translating them for their spaces to give a chic and urban touch, but always respecting their personalities.



At the same time, my curiosity led me to seek out and experiment in new fields to continue developing my imagination. Soon after setting up my showroom, I began to travel abroad, always seeking to broaden my horizons. 


Soon an opportunity arose in Los Angeles, California. “The Living Room” on Sunset Boulevard launched the Erika Winters Design brand, using one of my collections of restored furniture at my workshop in Mexico City. This gave me the wings to take off and cross new frontiers in the world of interior design. 


Almost without me realizing it, everything had fallen into place for me to take the next step. The change was not easy and required a lot of work along the way. 

Once established, I found I was in contact with new people and potential clients. I realized that my tastes in design, color and the cutting-edge were not far removed from my new situation.



 
After three years in my new space, I have been immersed in new styles, colors, materials, tastes and needs: the same raw materials but from a new perspective



I realize that I am still restless, opening up the panorama before me to offer new possibilities and radical changes. 

I now understand that I am the business. Wherever I am, or wherever I’m flying to, my home and my profession will always be right here, where I am. 

Enjoy
Erika Winters