Beth Lacefield On Her Design Approach
April 11, 2013 - 10:08am
Fresh from winning the ARTS Designer Award, Beth Lacefield explains her aesthetic approach.

Lacefield: I love to travel and am always inspired by experiencing different cultures and the unique items I collect along the way. Fashion, architecture, food, nature, books — I am inspired by them all. Recent trips to Africa, Spain, France and Nicaragua have heavily influenced my design aesthetic.

I don’t really think in terms of form versus function or contemporary versus traditional — I think the best design is in the mix. The Lacefield Designs look is centered around details and layers — elements of the unexpected, the layering of color, texture and pattern in unique ways.

When designing new collections, the design team meets to discuss what trends we have been seeing in the world and what we think might be missing in the marketplace. We throw in color swatches, mood boards, photographs and sketches to narrow our focus and determine what would add the perfect layer to our line. Most designs start with a simple sketch or watercolor.

Style CL219 is a hand-appliquéd, linen suzani lamp shade. I wanted to highlight the detailed handiwork of the cut appliqué shade, so I chose a really simple, streamlined base. The design was inspired by vintage suzani throws that I have collected over the years.

The one thing I see affecting design more than any other is how technology is changing the landscape — with Pinterest, Polyvore, design blogs, digital magazines, etc., it seems that everyone sees and is inspired by the same things. I focus on staying true to my design aesthetic, while adding new layers to
keep my designs fresh and relevant.

  • On a Gallery Designs lamp, Lacefield designed a neutral appliqué suzani shade on a tall, waxed-finish resin base.
  • Here, Beth Lacefield took a resin urn base with a custom chalk and wax finish and topped it with a burlap shade featuring her exclusive Hampton jute on cotton trim.

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