Lighting the Way

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Trend

Notes on the run from Patti Carpenter

This lighting came across my desk recently and it made me stop and smile.

Bety Eco lighting collection by a by Arturo Álvarez, award-winning lighting designer from Spain Ripe Red

“Bety Eco” lighting collection by Arturo Álvarez, award-winning lighting designer from Spain

I love the recycled and recyclable component, it’s made of pressed cellulose, but I’m equally drawn to the on-trend color palette of ripe red, bold cobalt blue, lush herbal green, and rich, roasted browns and beiges.

Also loving the fun and frivolity of its design and the shadows it throws. It throws light with such abandon through its fringed frame.

That’s the way I’m choosing to live in this time of anxiety. I still crave creativity and inspiration, even in this imposed isolation of social distancing. Let’s remember to let our lights shine despite the current situation.

Patti Carpenter
Patti Carpenter

Patti Carpenter is principal of carpenter + company/Trendscope and an award-winning Creative Director in globally sourced home decor, personal accessories, gifts, and fragrances. With extensive experience in product design and development, merchandising, and color + trend forecasting, Patti is a Micro Enterprise specialist with U.S. presidential recognition for domestic and international expertise in artisan development, small producer and entrepreneurial training and economic development.

Patti has designed, sourced and created innovative Private Label products for brands including Bloomingdales, Sferra, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, The Phillips Collection, ABC Carpet and Home, Yankee Candle, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren.

Patti has traveled and worked nationally and in fifty-seven countries speaking and writing on Color + Trend and Design around the globe as the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet in America and Paris and is a consultant with Pantone. An active board member of SERRV International, which is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Patti is also an Advisory Board Member of the Black Artists and Designers Guild, BADG.

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