Design Authority Klensch Discusses Importance of Style

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Furniture Manufacturers Association

    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Style is a powerful thing. It
 commands attention and respect, and gives a sense of ease, comfort and
 belonging.
     A developed sense of style gives a person a direction for living, for
 choosing what to wear, what to eat and how to decorate.
     In choosing a personal style, it's important to follow your heart and find
 what gives you pleasure.
     Those were a few of the observations presented by international fashion
 and design authority Elsa Klensch, who spoke today at the International Home
 Furnishings Market as a guest of the American Furniture Manufacturers
 Association.  Klensch is widely known as a preeminent style journalist.  For
 more than 20 years, she produced and anchored "Style With Elsa Klensch" for
 Cable News Network (CNN).
     In delivering her talk entitled "Your Life Is Your Style," Klensch
 emphasized that a stylish home is a refuge into which a person can escape from
 the tension and stress of the workplace.  A stylish home is comforting for
 guests as well as for the owner, she said, but added, "Apart from friends,
 think of the family.  However casual life may be, a stylish home can make an
 important contribution to keeping a family happy ... and at home," she said.
 "Never underestimate the power of a well-scaled interior that has a harmonious
 color scheme, comfortable furniture, and is filled with beloved pictures and
 objects that reflect the owner's interests."
     "I believe one of the secrets of having a happy life is finding your own
 style," Klensch said.
     Klensch pointed out that today's world offers a multitude of items to
 express one's style, a positive factor that presents challenges as well.
 "Having so much choice can make it difficult to focus," she said.  Developing
 a personal style helps in that focus, in consistency and in expressing who you
 are, she added.
     "One piece of advice," she said, "is to find style in those things that
 turn you on and are precious to you."
     So once you've selected your style, how do you find the pieces to give it
 unity?
     To answer that question, Klensch referred to the English book "Fusion
 Interiors" by Martin Waller and Dominic Bradbury.  The authors say fusion is
 about reflecting different cultures and communicating a passion for the
 peoples who make them.  "It is a call to bring new excitement into home
 decoration by reviving interest in a variety of cultural influences," she
 said.  Among the influences Waller and Bradbury identify are the Raj, or
 India; a Coastal or New England look; the Manhattan look, always polished,
 cosmopolitan and modern; the Heritage look, combining warmth with tradition,
 taking inspiration from the English country house; the Safari look, evident in
 casual clothing and our homes; and Asian fusion, which is Klensch's personal
 favorite.
     It's influences such as these from different cultures and periods that
 best guide us as we develop our personal styles, Klensch said.  Discover the
 style that gives you pleasure, research it, look into its history and find the
 objects with which it shares a cultural heritage.
 
 

SOURCE American Furniture Manufacturers Association
    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Style is a powerful thing. It
 commands attention and respect, and gives a sense of ease, comfort and
 belonging.
     A developed sense of style gives a person a direction for living, for
 choosing what to wear, what to eat and how to decorate.
     In choosing a personal style, it's important to follow your heart and find
 what gives you pleasure.
     Those were a few of the observations presented by international fashion
 and design authority Elsa Klensch, who spoke today at the International Home
 Furnishings Market as a guest of the American Furniture Manufacturers
 Association.  Klensch is widely known as a preeminent style journalist.  For
 more than 20 years, she produced and anchored "Style With Elsa Klensch" for
 Cable News Network (CNN).
     In delivering her talk entitled "Your Life Is Your Style," Klensch
 emphasized that a stylish home is a refuge into which a person can escape from
 the tension and stress of the workplace.  A stylish home is comforting for
 guests as well as for the owner, she said, but added, "Apart from friends,
 think of the family.  However casual life may be, a stylish home can make an
 important contribution to keeping a family happy ... and at home," she said.
 "Never underestimate the power of a well-scaled interior that has a harmonious
 color scheme, comfortable furniture, and is filled with beloved pictures and
 objects that reflect the owner's interests."
     "I believe one of the secrets of having a happy life is finding your own
 style," Klensch said.
     Klensch pointed out that today's world offers a multitude of items to
 express one's style, a positive factor that presents challenges as well.
 "Having so much choice can make it difficult to focus," she said.  Developing
 a personal style helps in that focus, in consistency and in expressing who you
 are, she added.
     "One piece of advice," she said, "is to find style in those things that
 turn you on and are precious to you."
     So once you've selected your style, how do you find the pieces to give it
 unity?
     To answer that question, Klensch referred to the English book "Fusion
 Interiors" by Martin Waller and Dominic Bradbury.  The authors say fusion is
 about reflecting different cultures and communicating a passion for the
 peoples who make them.  "It is a call to bring new excitement into home
 decoration by reviving interest in a variety of cultural influences," she
 said.  Among the influences Waller and Bradbury identify are the Raj, or
 India; a Coastal or New England look; the Manhattan look, always polished,
 cosmopolitan and modern; the Heritage look, combining warmth with tradition,
 taking inspiration from the English country house; the Safari look, evident in
 casual clothing and our homes; and Asian fusion, which is Klensch's personal
 favorite.
     It's influences such as these from different cultures and periods that
 best guide us as we develop our personal styles, Klensch said.  Discover the
 style that gives you pleasure, research it, look into its history and find the
 objects with which it shares a cultural heritage.
 
 SOURCE  American Furniture Manufacturers Association