“I create 24/7. If I’m awake, I’m creating something,” says design personality Christopher Lowell. A man with “a finger in many pies,” he could just as easily be called an anthropologist as he could a designer. Lowell is a creator of what he calls “an American brand in the decorative arts.” And he is prolific, to say the least, spreading his expertise through his ever-popular, do-it-yourself cable shows, weekly syndicated radio show and newspaper column, best-selling books (Seven Layers of Design), consumer products and his personal website.
An Emmy award winner, Lowell’s latest show is Work That Room with Christopher Lowell on the Fine Living Network. The concept of the show involves, as Lowell puts it, “solving real problems for real people”—which means helping design neophytes get rid of their fears of personal creativity, providing quick solution tools like pre-coordinating, plenty of comedy, and a hefty dose of design education with broad appeal.
Lowell sees his job as helping to demystify the process of home decorating for the regular Jane or Joe, and he is a believer in the psychology of space. “Our mental interior always matches our physical interior—for good and bad,” he explains. “My job is to help people get the two interiors to sync up accurately.”
Lowell’s “get it done” design philosophy comes from looking at American trends, identifying where America’s fear buttons are, and understanding how relationships and parenting are changing as we grow. Lowell is empowering people to make the choices that get them to the place where their home is a functional reflection of who they are. “I’m motivated where I see need,” says Lowell. “Ideas come from every place I am. As long as my eyes are open, I’m getting ideas.”
Lowell is also a personal student of design trends. As he explains, people today are interested in taking the designs that they see in boutique hotels and public spaces and translating those ideas back into the home. Also, for the first time, men are co-partnering in interior design decisions. Yet another is the challenge of marrying two different cultural approaches to design. With an increasing number of interracial marriages, blending two distinct cultures into one American lifestyle can be a challenge! That’s when to call in the “doctor of design,” Christopher Lowell.
For more information about Lowell’s latest, visit www.christopherlowell.com