Meet the Artist & Designer: John Ishmael
“Because I am an artist, I have always been fascinated with color, texture, light, and emotion, all characteristics of great interior design. My inspiration and love for design have grown naturally from my love of art,” John said. “Therefore, when I work with my clients, I see myself as a conduit for their creations. The finished product for my clients should always reflect their personality and not mine.”
John joined the Nandina Atlanta team as an owner and lead designer with more than 20 years of experience in the field of interior design. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, John owned and managed a successful custom workroom where he specialized in draperies, slipcovers, and custom furniture. His love of fabrics and delight in creating new spaces segued seamlessly into his successful career as a designer, and he is known for his creative use of textiles in designs. He is also passionate about art and enjoys a successful second career as an artist. His powerful abstracts are often the jumping off point for some of his most memorable interior design projects.
What is your personal design style?
Our home is filled with pieces I’ve collected over many years – not antiques, but finds from all decades and design styles that speak to me. I love to mix them in with something new and edgy. Clients often ask to see my house early in their own design process. While I’m happy to give a glimpse, I’m hesitant to share too much at first of my eclectic, somewhat chaotic home. I want my clients to know that for me, designing is about creating a special space for their family that feels like a personal extension of themselves, whatever the style.
Never-fail design tip?
Always wait to pick your paint color at the end of fabric selection. So often paint color seems like the easiest and first thing to get checked off on a long list. I have learned the hard way that it’s a lot easier to match a paint color to a fabulous fabric find than to try and find a fabric you love that is perfect for the paint!
Who are your influences in the art world?
As an artist, color, texture, light, and emotion have always played into the way I create pieces of art. I think these ideas are very influential characteristics of interior design that drive my inspiration. My love for design has grown naturally from my love of art. Therefore, when I work with my clients I see myself as a conduit for their creations. The finished product for my clients should always reflect their personality, while a finished painting of mine is mirror of my personality.
Enjoy looking through some of our favorite paintings done by John.
To see more or purchase, visit his new website: www.johnishmael.com