Lisa Staprans: The soul of designPosted on 22/12/11
Lisa Staprans’s outlook towards designing homes changed when she was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. Having designed a large house that was filled with things and people, she said she strangely felt empty and wondered what legacy was she going to leave behind for her two young boys. Soulful Design, as she calls it, is her way of giving back that will keep the user of a physical space grounded with compassion, music and laughter.
About the Speaker
Lisa Staprans has practiced interior design and product design for 20 years. She travels the world for inspiration and to learn and study other cultures, art, architecture and lifestyles. The book she is currently writing, The Soul of Design, features art, interior design, architecture, gardens, and other soulful spaces around the world.
Lisa earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and later studied at the School of Visual Arts and Parson’s School of Design, both located in New York City. Her career in design began in New York City working for large and small firms. In 1992 she and her husband founded the company, Lisa Staprans Interior Design, currently known as Staprans Design. Lisa’s clients have homes in Virginia, New York, Utah, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, and many places in California.
“I entered college intent on becoming a fine artist. By graduation I’d become captivated by the idea of using interior design to make a palpable difference in people’s everyday lives. The best part is — I get to collaborate with interesting, creative and inspiring people every day. Sometimes it’s a team of architects, contractors, artisans, craftspeople and, of course, home owners. Other times it’s a small group, just me, my project manager, and the owners. Whatever the size of the team, it’s a wonderful feeling when we unite behind a vision to create a beautiful home.”
“I also have a growing passion for finding ways to make the practice of sustainable consumption an integral part of our interior design. I find fulfillment in working with artisans and firms that have integrity and a sense of social responsibility. “Green” materials take first preference, while reclaimed lumber and antiques add a sense of warmth and history. I prefer products that are not mass-produced, but instead they are made for individual spaces by individual artists. I support the small village and family with my choices of where things are manufactured. If I use products from other countries I strive to make sure that the people creating those products are not using child labor or subjecting workers to inhumane conditions.”
Lisa frequently travels the globe, making yearly visitis to her Latvian home on the Baltic Sea, always buying treasures for projects and her small showroom in the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. She travels the world for inspiration and to learn and study other cultures, art, architecture and lifestyles. The book she is currently writing, The Soul of Design, features art, interior design, architecture, gardens, and other soulful spaces around the world.
My personal journey began when I was diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago with 2 young sons at home. I had been questioning my work and how I was making a difference before I got sick. I wanted to leave a legacy for my sons so they would know why I left home each day and traveled the country and parts of the world for my work. Getting cancer helped me to realize that there is a much bigger purpose to creating and living design: we can support indigenous cultures by supporting their work through design and that we can make a difference in our communities both at home and globally if we think about the cause and effect of how we consume. This seed took root during a trip to India 5 years ago with Lakshmi (the host of this wonderful conference) and a group of extraordinary women from the Bay Area of California. Being in India helped me to see the humility in humanity and the true difference we can make in someone’s life through the choices we make and support.
Lisa - Your presentation was indeed "soulful" and inspiring. It shows what care and attention to beauty can do to make our lives more spiritual and healthy. I am so thankful you came into my life as I marvel at the way in which you care about people and take this into consideration as you create fabulous interiors for people to live in. Your presentation is uplifting and I know it comes from your heart.
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