Thursday, August 05, 2010

StylePath's Product Manager Susi Prescott

In an effort to help you get to know StylePath a bit better and learn about what makes it tick, we wanted to introduce ourselves through a series of team member interviews. This will give you a little insight into our professional and personal backgrounds and an even more in-depthBlue Heron Marion Rose lookintoourpsyches through the fun Proust-style interview.

We wanted to start with our shining star, Susi Prescott, StylePath Product Manager, the style and brains behind all of the beautiful product choices you’ll find on the site.

What makes you want to get up in the morning?
SP: The opportunity to learn something new.

What makes you animated? Excited?
SP: Things that are good at being what they are...a well designed chair that is also comfortable, the perfect garden tomato, a well told story. I am also obsessed with wabi-sabi...the beauty of the imperfect. It is a Japanese aesthetic concept.

What makes you laugh?                                                                                                                          
SP: Friends. Silliness that is not always age appropriate.

What is your favorite piece of furniture? And why?
SP: Tough question. I have so many. I’d say an Ashanti stool from Ghana. The story behind it makes it special but the lines of it are modern and it goes perfectly next to our mid-century sofa.

Have you ever designed anything before?
SP: I designed pillows as part of a business I had several years ago. I loved to use colorful, unusual pattern combinations.

How would your significant other describe your style?
SP: Eclectic. I love the mix of classic and modern, Victorian and vintage. I lean more toward 20th century design but am not a purist.

What is your educational background?
SP: I have a bachelor’s degree in Art History, studied film theory in graduate school, learned the auction business at Christie’s, and am self-taught about furniture and antiques, with a few classes here and there. I went to my first auction at 10 and have been a collector ever since.

What is your experience in the furniture industry?
SP: I come from antiques/vintage side of the business, working for Christie’s and on my own as a 20th century design dealer. I workedforWolfman Gold & Company for a short time in their famous SoHo store. I learned a lot about style from Peri Wolfman.

What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
SP: Being a furniture specialist for Christie’s. I trained my eye for design by looking at thousands of objects. I learned something every day and worked with people who were equally or more passionate that I was. Not only did I see incredible things, I got to visit some amazing homes and apartments.

What is your proudest moment?
SP: Being accepted into the Specialist Training Program at Christie’s. It changed the path of my life.

What is a day at StylePath like for you?
SP: No two days are the same.  I work closely with the other team members on the website. We are focused on making it the best it can possibly be. Today I am looking at fantastic women’s rings, including some incredible cocktail rings that I am trying very hard not to buy! Yesterday I was focused on hall tables, round area rugs and glass tables. 

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The main lineaments of my character. Intelligence, humor, acceptance

A quality I desire in a man. Sincerity

A quality I desire in a woman. Humor

What I appreciate most among my friends. That they love me despite myself

My principal defect. Not seeing the forest through the trees (makes me a great content editor though!)

My favorite occupation. Designer

My dream of felicity. To finish working on my 100 year old house...

What would for me be the biggest misfortune. Beyond losing those I love, loss of sight

Who I would like to be. Me living life without self-imposed limitations

Where I would like to live. Pacific Northwest

The color I prefer. Orange

The flower I love. Peony

The bird I prefer. Blue heron

My favorite authors. Fitzgerald, Austen

My favorite poem. Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

My hero in fiction. Frodo

My heroine in fiction. Elizabeth Bennett

My favourite artists. Andy Goldsworthy, William Eggleston, Bill Traylor

My heroes in real life. Teachers

My favorite designers.  Eames, Harry Bertoia (love his sound sculptures), Jonathan Adler, David Hicks, Terrence Conran

What I hate most. Mean-spiritedness

Nature’s gift I would like to have. Longevity

How I would like to die. At a ripe old age and not in pain

My soul's present condition. Hopeful

My motto. Do not try to be more clever than you are

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