Mary Then and Mary Now
Before Mary was the iconic designer we all admire, producing beautifully synthesized works like the one in this article, she started like the rest of us—giving into saying “yes.” Here is a little anecdote from Mary’s early career we thought would give all us hope:
Early on in one’s career, the inclination to say “yes” to almost any request or time line, is almost irresistible, at least it was for me. In those days, I would often frequent a Mexican restaurant, meeting up with other young designers. The food was delicious and inexpensive, and the restaurant, an easy walk from my apartment. Over time, I got to know the owners of the restaurant well and when the time came to renovate, I said – yes, I would love to work with you.
The initial renovation was surfaces, tables and chairs and the deadline—with the benefit of hind sight—was certainly ambitious. I agreed that the contracting would be done by the owners and myself. As the project advanced, the owners thought that it would be a wonderful idea to have a Margharita party to celebrate the new modern Mexican look and feel. Once the timeline was set, there was no moving it. The timeline was always tight, we all signed up for that, but as we pushed forward, we were falling slightly behind, and the final painting of the ceiling was done late the night before the party. On the day of the opening, we were all high fives and sharing with one another, how great we thought it looked. What we didn’t calculate was the condensation that the old HVAC system would throw onto the freshly painted ceiling. That night, at the Margharita party, I almost fell over when I saw a drop of dark blue watery paint fall onto the off white jacket of one of the guests. That moment, I will never forget. We bought this handsome young fellow, who very thankfully was a good friend to the restaurant, a new jacket. But trust me, I require a critical path time line be developed and followed on every project I do, since that day!
Enjoy this recent work from Mary, showing that it is not where we begin but where we end up!