The Art of Collecting PeopleNathan Taylor
I come from a huge extended family. Big and boisterous, warm and caring, we were taught to open our hearts to others. My father is not only the head of our immediate family– but is the elder of a large religious community. He collected people.
Interacting with all kinds of folks, making quick work of everyday decisions, sorting it all out and seeing the big picture clearly prepared me to be a designer, but those aren’t the best things I learned from the “family business.”
The most valuable skill that to this day I believe sets me apart from other designers is my ability to lose myself in someone else’s story.
Being a good interior designer requires making a genuine connection with people on a very honest and intimate level. A successful project depends on two-way trust and earnest listening skills. All the good taste and creativity in the world is useless without informed empathy.
No matter what your business in life you’re probably in some form of “people business.” Remember to open your arms, your heart and mind to new experiences everyday.
In the middle of your everyday creative madness stop and listen to the people around you and never get too rushed to making those real connections.
The relationships I have had with the people in my career have enriched my life as much as I ever enhanced theirs. Clients have become friends, coworkers, collaborators and subcontractors have become family.
I am sure my father feels the same of his profession; “I am the richer for the priceless collection of people in my life.“