Barbara Barry at Gumps, San Francisco
It is always kind of worrisome to meet someone in person that you've always found to be fascinating. There's always that nagging fear that they won't live up to your expectations. Well, I can gladly report that the delightful Barbara Barry is as wonderfully gracious as one would only expect her to be.
She spoke at an event this afternoon at Gumps, in downtown San Francisco, in a marvelous new space highlighting her beautiful furniture, lighting, and table service. She opened the afternoon with her memories of living in San Francisco and the beginnings of her career in design.
She told of an early job as an interior decorator, but says she always knew that she wanted to design, 'I felt the desire to create a background for living. These items, the bedding, the china, the furniture have such a profound effect on our lives.' 'Inspire' and 'create' were words that were used often. When asked by someone in the audience where she finds her inspiration, she replied how deeply she valued her time in silence - a time when she can dream and create. 'There is so much noise, so much to do, in our modern society, when I get home, I need to be quiet, and think.'
So, I'm going to follow her advice, and turn off the computer, and the television, and think. and dream.
tartanscot in San Francisco, signing off for the evening.
ps. Ivan, I gave Barbara your greetings and she said to say "hi!" to you as well.