We were thrilled to receive Barclay Butera at Fine Rugs of Charleston on May 26th. Widely known and a growing presence in the interior design field, Barclay spoke to a full house of designers, architects and local press.
His speaking and book signing schedule would leave most people breathless! But he did squeeze in a visit to Fine Rugs, where we are featuring his new rug collection. I was very excited to have such a renowned design figure in our showroom. More than 100 of the Lowcountry’s top interior designers came out to meet him. It was the biggest turnout we have ever had for an event. I honestly don’t know what I can do to top this, but I’ll definitely try!
Barclay gained exposure to the interior design field early on via his mother’s design firm in Palo Alto, California. He launched his own Los Angeles design firm in 1993 and today the company employs 56 people and executes residential projects all over the country. Barclay also creates numerous product lines embodying luxury at various price points and maintains showrooms in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Park City and New York City.
In his talk at Fine Rugs he underscored his roots and the qualities he feels made him successful; service, positive energy and a deep connection to his client.
“I believe we need to develop long-term friendships with clients, give them luxury in whatever dose they need initially, and then grow up together with them. We should remember their birthdays, acknowledge all their special occasions and be there for whatever they need, be it small, say, a single sofa, a few pillows, wallpaper and paint, or a larger job. This is what service is about and doing the small things leads to referrals and bigger work. A single sofa can turn into a fifth home down the road.”
Barclay appeared at Fine Rugs on behalf of Kravet Collections, for which he has just created substantial carpet and fabric lines, including the rugs featured that morning. We thank Kravat for making this entire event possible!
After his presentation, Barclay spent about an hour signing his latest book, “Living in Style” (Assouline, 2008), a retrospective of his residential work featuring 90 photos.
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