Make Room Designers Spotlight: Ashley Williams, Ayana Carter, and Nodji Maouyo

Make Room Designers Spotlight: Ashley Williams, Ayana Carter, and Nodji Maouyo

American Craft Show in Baltimore, 2017

Published on Monday, January 30, 2017.
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Ashley Williams, Ayana Carter, and Nodji Maouyo

Ashley Williams, Ayana Carter, and Nodji Maouyo

What's the name of your design firm? Community College of Baltimore County, Interior Design School

What decade did you select and why?
The 1950s were at a crossroads of classic lines and experimentation. Minimalism and what would be known as midcentury-modern design began to take hold on interiors across America. Spaces were open and airy and used bright, inviting colors. Simple, clean lines were prevalent in both the furniture as well as the architecture. When mulling over the decades of choice, our team felt naturally drawn to these 10 revolutionary years.

What is your vision for the space?
The public spaces of a home serve as many things: family watering hole, party locale, as well as a relaxing refuge from the trials of life. With this in mind, we hope to express a curated story that showcases the personality of potential inhabitants of this period. Through design, we aim to capture the nuances of who they were, what they valued, and how they communicated with their living space.

What attracted you to the craft objects you’re featuring in your vignette?
Statement pieces were an integral part of the 1950s. Furniture and architectural elements took a clean, minimalist approach, giving statement pieces in the room a spotlight and a chance to start a dialogue. We were attracted to our featured craft objects because of the conversations they evoked through color and style.

What's your favorite design tip?
Let your most cherished pieces lead the direction in your space.

What ACC show artists' pieces are you featuring? Clockwise from top left: Patti HeglandPeter KarnerDavid Leppla
 

ACC show artist's work