Monday, April 30, 2012

International Evolution: Yvonne Colacion Goes Global...Again!

INTERNATIONAL EVOLUTION: YVONNE COLACION GOES GLOBAL...AGAIN! -- Southern California-based designer Yvonne Colacion is such a globetrotter nowadays, that when she lands somewhere, it becomes an opportunity to hear from the lady herself. This Thursday, May 3, 2012, Colacion is a keynote speaker (along with Kirk Nix of KNA Design) at the program "Luxury by Land and by Sea" (moderated by celebrated architect and writer Michael Webb!) at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood  where she and Nix will share their experiences on working abroad on some very prestigious projects.  When she started her own firm -- Colacion Studio -- it was the perfect vehicle to continue creating interiors for residential projects, luxury villas, super yachts and corporate facilities around the world -- similar to what she had done on an international level (minus the 155-foot-long M/Y 360 yacht that she just completed!) during her tenures as vice president of corporate interiors at RTKL and as a senior associate at Gensler. Hopping a jet to Kuwait City, Beirut, the French Riviera or any numerous designations abroad, Colacion loves her role as a force in the world design community. “I never dreamed that I would be designing magnificent properties in the Middle East, or traveling there to meet some of the world’s most influential people on an ongoing basis. I’m grateful for the global inspiration that I have gleaned from these travels," she notes.  Her clean and modern sensibilities have transformed the headquarters of real estate and project development giant Tamdeen Group in Kuwait City into a spacious, light-filled place that also reflects elements of the Arab culture. This project was honored by the Society of British Interior Design and has flung open the doors to designing even more projects in the Middle East for Colacion -- not an easy feat to accomplish. But then, Colacion's passion for and knowledge of working in foreign climes has always been reasons why she's called on time and again to work her brand of magic overseas.  And which is why listening to her firsthand at the Pacific Design Center this coming Thursday will provide an insight into the booming foreign markets that tempt many a designer who want a global following like the very stylish one that Colacion has successfully found.
Images courtesy Colacion Studio / Rug in top photo designed by Phyllis Morris for Decorative Carpets