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Meet a designer

Photos by Matt Haas

August 2014

With an artist father, Ariel Steinke grew up surrounded by creativity. She began sewing in eighth grade ó blankets, pillows, etc. ó and after a visit senior year in high school to Waukesha County Technical College, she was headed toward a career in interior design.

The recent grad from WCTCís interior design program will begin an internship this fall at Building Service Incorporated where she hopes to expand her knowledge of the commercial side of interior design and complement her previous internship in residential design at Susan Louise Design in Delafield.

She shares her insight for her recently completed senior project, inspired by the Second Empire design style of the mid-19th century.

M: Was there an inspiration piece for the room?

AS: My inspiration was the fabrics and wallpapers. Iím a very tactile person and love to see color and pattern come together. I implemented modern furniture that was simple but would highlight the fabrics and not take away from the wallpapered accent walls. Most importantly, I wanted inclusive Second Empire pieces to stand out, such as the klismos chair. It is such a classic image of this era and I love thebarreled look.

M: What is your favorite element of the design?

AS: My favorite element of this space was the palette. Itís soothing, yet has the color flavors of spring. Itís about the sensation and balance they give you that envelop the space.

M: How do you describe your design style?

AS: My design style is eclectic. I feel it adds interest to a room. Itís interesting to throw a modern floor lamp into a room with ornate furniture.

Unicorn Love

Milwaukee designer Timothy Westbrook is parlaying his love of unicorns, exposed in his stint on "Project Runway," into an exhibit at the Charles Allis Art Museum. In "Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn," Timothy Westbrook Studio creates a fictional narrative of an expedition funded by Charles Allis to discover the origin of the unicorn. Using natural history, costume, sculpture, personal ephemera and an expedition team, Westbrook and nationally recognized artists create original work for a mythical journey through the museum. The exhibit runs Aug. 1 through Sept. 28. The museum is located at 1801 N. Prospect Ave.





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