30 November, 2010

15 Questions with Christina Winter

A guest post by Josh Anderson
Our 15 questions go first to Christina Winter, newest member of the LiLu design team.
Christina first interned with LiLu in 2008. She then joined us full-time as an Assistant Designer in 2009 after graduating from The Art Institutes International of Minneapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. And she hasn't looked back. Unless of course she passes her alma mater while on the way to a client meeting.
Here's a little more about Christina:
What, besides the people, do you like most about LiLu?
The ability to be creative, that there is no hierarchy and how we truly care for each other, for our clients and for the company.
What quality do you admire most in your colleagues?
Hardworking, patience, passion
What is the most memorable moment in your career?
So, far it has been getting hired at LiLu. The minute I looked at the LiLu web site and found out about the internship, I was so overjoyed with excitement. I knew this was where I wanted to be. And once I met Lisa, LuAnne and Emily I knew I found something truly special.  I am so grateful to have a career in my field of study and that I get to come to work every day doing what I love to do.
Who is your mentor?
I am blessed to say that I have many, but the ones who have always been around  have to be my mom and stepdad. My mom keeps me dreaming and my stepdad keeps my feet on the ground. They motivate me, always tell me the truth and are continually there for me.
What is your definition of “Different by Design?”
I believe it is always going the extra mile, making sure to consider every detail.  It is about knowing the construction of interiors and not just what would make it “look good.”  It is writing specifications. It is drafting plans. It is understanding scale and proportion.  It is always having open communication with our client, the architect, the builder, the contractor, vendors, sales reps, and each other.
When is the time and place to use leopard print?
When it goes with the concept and it improves the space.
What designer(s) do you admire most?
This question for me most pertains to architects or people who paved the way for all of us in this industry.  Structure is what got me most interested in interior design -- Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Alto, Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright to name a few.
How many articles of black clothing do you own?
Too many to count. I love black!  Seriously, I have about 50 articles of black clothes.
What is your favorite movie?
"Dan in Real life" or "The Notebook" (I know I am a hopeless romantic.)
What is your favorite book?
"Where the Red Fern Grows"
"The Twilight Saga" (Yep all of them and I can’t wait to read them again!)
"Eat, Pray, Love"
What characteristic best describes you?
Open and free
Have you ever worn high-heels to a construction site?
Only if I didn’t know we were going to be there that day. I love shoes, especially high ones!
What is your motto?
"You have to go through the rain to get the rainbow."
What do you like most about being a designer in the Twin Cities?
It's a big community that seems to be getting smaller as the days go by. Pushing the limits is encouraged here. It might not be New York or Chicago, but there are so many good designs out there and so much thriving culture to enjoy. I love the International Market Square community in particular.  It has been great being a part of it.  I have created many relationships over the last year with many people in the building.  It is amazing that I get to come to work at a place where we are concentrating on the same thing: design.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Join us tomorrow as Emily Anderson answers our "15 Questions with LiLu Interiors."
About the author: Josh Anderson is a freelance copywriter and strategist specializing in igniting brands through advertising, branding and marketing. And he’s partnered with LiLu Interiors since 2008. Follow Josh on Twitter @LiveWireCopy or visit www.livewirecopy.com.

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