This past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Steve Nobel at the Kravet showroom in the Merchandise Mart here in Chicago. The presentation was entitled "Hug Your Clients", it was about ways for interior designers to better connect with their clients. Mr. Nobel spoke about how and how often people think about designers (a disturbingly small amount), how designers need to prove our values to potential clients and how to establish better, mutually beneficial, lasting relationships with our clients once the project is done. The presentation was wonderful and Mr. Nobel shared many impressive idea's on how to "Hug" your clients.
Now there's a better shot of Mr. Nobel.
Mr. Nobel is the founder and principal at Nobelinks, a consulting practice that specializes in luxury interior design and furnishings markets. Steve also authored the book Aiming at Affluence: Marketing Interior Design to Luxury Clients, which is currently unavailable (the original run sold out quite quickly) though thankfully he is rewriting a new version in a workbook format. Steve travels the country giving these presentations, so if you ever see that he will be in your area I would highly encourage you to make time to attend if at all possible, you will not be dissapointed.
After the presentation the showroom served lunch and Steve went around making sure to speak with everyone. When I had the opportunity to speak with him he was most gracious in agreeing to be interviewed for Bastion & Lark, I will be contacting him early next week for that...stay tuned.
Mr. Nobel and your truly...quite dapper aren't we?
In closing I just wanted to thank Steve for all the incredibly usefull information and advise and to thank Kravet for hosting such a wonderful event.
Ah yes, one more quick thing. As I am most fond of sharing the little discovery that have struck my fancy....
Chateau Haut Sarthes Montravel.
This was the wine served at the lunch and I fell in love with it instantly, for some reason I seem to only like French whites. This suited me so much that I had two bottles in tow by the time I arrived back home.