ADDRESS Interview with Adrienne Romine of HALF HALT.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. My studio is devoted to the design and production of high quality, contemporary furniture meant to be well used and loved for generations. I am driven by a passion for design and a faith in its ability to affect how we feel.
Describe your creative process. For furniture, my ideas come to me when I’m doing really mundane, every day things and not thinking about anything in particular. Walking the dog, cooking, taking a shower. When I’m excited about something that pops up, I carry it around like a secret gem, turning it over and looking at it from all angles in my mind. When the time feels right, I work it out on paper and then in a 3D rendering. Often the idea will have changed considerably from its beginning to the final piece but that’s part of the fun.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I stop trying to force anything to happen and do something completely unrelated. Physical activities like dancing or hitting golf balls at a driving range help to break the tension, particularly when I’m taking myself too seriously. Patience is key.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? An old friend told me a story that I think about often. She was about to embark on a road trip with her sister and nieces. The suitcases were packed and everyone was settling into the car, buckling seat belts and securing belonging. As they pulled out of the driveway and turned onto the street where they lived, one of the children opened the cooler packed with snacks and reached for a juice box. Immediately, the other child said “hey! We can’t have those yet, those are for the trip!” to which child #1 responded “This is the trip.”
Learn to celebrate every accomplishment and appreciate every failure, no matter the size, because this is the trip.
What’s your dream project? To design the interior, including the fabrication of all bespoke furnishings, of either a restaurant or a counseling/recovery center. Those projects would combine all of my favorite things….design, good mental health and good food.
What design trends are you excited about? The fact that consumers and businesses are moving towards operating with an increased awareness of the impact of their actions. Oh, and I love that painterly wallpaper is making a comeback.