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Museum L-A Mill Designs Inspire Interior Design Panel

What do mill designs for bedspreads have in common with the world of interior design?  As per experts gathered for an Entrepreneurial Task Force at Museum L-A, they say a lot, and not only from a historical point of view but as inspiration for the future and for future generations.  Several professionals in the interior design field will be discussing this and more with a panel discussion entitled “Interior Design – Notes from the Profession” on May 10th at 6pm at Museum L-A.

Interior design professionals as well as students and youth interested in a possible future career in interior design are urged to attend and mingle with several currently involved designers from all over and from several areas of design.  Here are some of the questions that will be addressed:  Just what is an interior designer? What is the difference between a designer and a decorator?  Does a difference matter and why? 

You can join the panelists and Museum L-A for an educational and fun discussion on the profession of interior design.  We see them on TV, sometimes work with them on commercial projects. The panel will discuss the variety of career paths, what interior designers do, what it is like working with an interior designer and where do designers get inspiration.  Panel members represent the breadth of what interior design is.  Students interested in the profession, individuals interested in learning more about the career, and everyone who may just be intrigued by the design process and connection to the industry is invited.

The Entrepreneurial Task Force of Museum L-A is very fortunate to have gathered together a great panel of experts as follows:  Chris Blackburn of Intrinsic Design Studio-furniture designer; Lauren Dunn from Creative Office Pavilion and President – MIDA (Maine Interior Design Association); and Paul Lewandowski who is chair of Museum L-A’s Entrepreneurial Task Force and will be the panel facilitator.  Paul is an Architect with Lavallee Brensigner Architects and President of IIDA New England (International Interior Design Association – New England Chapter).  “As a native of Lewiston, I am excited to join Museum L-A in a discussion of interior design and how it shapes the world we live, work and play in,” says Paul Lewandowski, Panel Chair.

Museum L-A’s Entrepreneurial Task Force will also be introducing the first actual fashion fabric designs inspired by the silkscreen collection in the Museum’s artifact collection.  “This is a very exciting time for Museum L-A to showcase the beauty and the possibilities of design of our own millworker ancestor’s creativity and vision,” says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director of Museum L-A.  Anyone interested in helping on the Entrepreneurial Task Force to help Museum L-A develop new income ventures are welcome to contact Rachel at the Museum. 

Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the first Saturday of every month 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment.

For tours or information on the panel, contact Robert Caron, or call 207-333-3881.


Reproduction fabric from millworker art designs

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