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designer customers: david bromstad

We’re huge fans of David Bromstad and his HGTV show, Color Splash. Coincidentally we both “moved” to Miami recently and had the opportunity to meet at our store opening.

Following are a few thoughts he shared with us.

Who’s the most influential person to you as far as design goes?
My biggest influence in design would have to be Phillipe Stark. His innovative way of taking and combining styles and colors is absolutely sublime.

What are some of the aspects that define Miami’s design culture?
Miami has a design style all its own. It’s fresh and hip and not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries of design and color. The South American influences are undeniable. We are the only tropical city in the United States, its call the American Riviera for a reason. Hot, sexy and sultry.

What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
The beach has always been a place to relax and let the creative juices fly. Some of my best ideas come from laying in the hot Florida sun listening to my ipod. My new favorite place is my work studio. After years of working in San Francisco I was unable to have a work studio to create sculptures, lighting and artwork. I rarely leave. I think setting up a cot would be a wise idea!

What are some design trends you foresee?
If I had my crystal ball out, which I often do, and was looking to the next year or 2 of design trends, I would say that global influences will continue to make a mark in design. Going “green” with organic and environmentally products will bring in a more subtle, earthy design sense and color palette. On the flip side I see innovation with new and fantastic materials and colors. Consumers these days are savvy and smart and want to see amazing and inspiring products. The colors as well will be fresh. Purples, magentas, oranges, lime greens and yellows are those color splashes to complement the earthy base colors coming from the organic color influences.

Color is definitely your trademark—what color is your personal favorite for spring? I never thought I would say this would be my favorite color but magenta is my new obsession. I find it sexy, sultry and just plain happy! Combined with acid yellow!? YUMMY?

What’s a fast, inexpensive way to update one’s home?
The fastest way to update your home is to rearrange your furniture. This will cost you absolutely nothing but a little manpower and creativity. Top if off with new throw pillows and you have transformed your room for very little. Another way to give your home a new life is through paint. Instead of painting all 4 walls of your room, which is in an all day project, try doing a feature wall in a stunning color. Black, red, grellow, orange, purple, magenta, I could go on for days the possibilities of color. I prefer an earth and health friendly VOC free paint like Mythic. (In Chicago, see Michelle at the eco paint boutique Colori.)

You recently viewed the CB2 spring collection in person, any favorites?
That’s an unfair and evil question! The minute I walked in to view the new collection and store I was blown away by everything! The thought and love that went into each product was abundantly clear. I’m obsessed! Ok, if you’re going to put me on the spot I will narrow my store wide obsession to a few fantastic items. The parlor sofa in that yummy grellow is so fantastic I can’t even contain myself. Don’t be surprised if this ends up in my bedroom. Sexy, sleek and did I mention the color? Perfection! The knitted pouf in lime green! Its so textural and delicious and the price? Again genius! The grrrl rug. 80s fabulous personified! I’m loving this rug more than I love my car! The alpha floor lamp. So fantastic and stunning, and huge! I love the statement is suggests….”I’m not afraid of design!”

Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming season of Color Splash? The upcoming season of Color Splash Miami will be sexy and fabulous! With a whole new cast and crew, we will be featuring local artisans and craftsman that make Miami one of the most creative places on earth. The new season should air sometime in July! We are still in the early stages of the series, but I have a feeling this will be the strongest season yet! Also look for the light sculptures in my studio - super colorful and utterly different from anything I have ever created.

Thank You David!

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Reader Comments (10)

"We are the only tropical city in the United States..."

I guess he doesn't consider any of the cities in Hawai`i tropical.

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKawika

Will Danielle and Ian be with you in Miami? I will miss both of them. What about Claire?

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Shank

David, I watch you every day and I really love your show.

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRospai

I am so so happy David moved back to Miami, and I'm sure his show Color Splash will be even more of a splash since it will be filled in Miami, the most exciting city to be from!! With all it's tropical influences and multi-cultural and diverse backgrounds Miami Beach/South Beach has to offer, I know David will have even more creativity all around him, plus he's happy to finally be back home, and I can't wait to see his show again. I'm also happy for David that he has his own studio where he can make beautiful things once again, hoping one day I can own one of his art pieces! It would be fabulous if I run into him in South Beach and just glad that our guy is finally home!! The best to you David!!

February 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Conti

Wow, we finally will get HGTV down here. Hey David wanna make over a room or 2 here? Buy U a drink at Livingroom

February 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

I remember 1 episode though, u were a tiny bit frazzled by a certain company and a rug delivery, I guess u 2 made up

February 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

Love you David. Just when I'm thinking of moving to San Francisco........

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCurt Robbins

What! color splash is in Miami? Nooo! We want you here in the bay area. Meeting you, Danielle, Ian & the crew back in April was one of my greatest dream. Will Danielle be your assistant still?

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine

I just love David B. He's incredibly talented and drop dead sexy. Definitely the most handsome man on HGTV.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonathen

David, I like you new Miami show. but don't watch it as often because of the time slot . . . . . but i terribly miss Danielle, Ian and Clare. What are they doing now??

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdonna

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