February 29, 2012
Guest blogger: Carissa Duncan, Director of Design
The name Ma(i)sonry – with a lower case “i” in parentheses – is an invented word using contemporary branding. A hybrid between Maison (French for “home”) and masonry (the craft of working with stones), the (i) then serves as an artistic element connecting the two. We have invented yet another word to describe an event that we just recently launched for members of the design trades. Traditionally referring to social behavior and etiquette, our version of Décorum is a merging of the words décor and forum, and is defined as ‘a gathering of creative minds to exchange ideas and views on all things aesthetic.’
The first Décorum took place on February 4th, where almost 100 top bay area designers and architects gathered at the redwood tables in the Ma(i)sonry garden to participate in an intimate conversation that took place between Llisa Demetrios, an accomplished sculptor, as well as the granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, and Diane Dorrans Saeks, bestselling author, design instructor and world traveler.
Diane and Llisa discussed what it was it was like for her to grow up in the Eames legacy, as well as the motivations and ideas behind her work. Llisa’s sculptures were featured in the garden, as well as in the gallery, alongside new work from Lucia Eames (Llisa’s mother), Adam Shaw, Lizabeth Rossof, Damon Hyldreth and Andreas Reimann.
It was an inspiring afternoon to say the least, and we look forward to the next Décorum coming soon!
If you are a member of the design trade or consider yourself a ‘creative mind’ who is interested in attending the Decorum series, please email Carissa.Duncan@maisonry.com