Interior Designers Speak | LaMar Lisman - Design Bureau


Torek Project
The 3,000-square-foot Torek Residence combines mid-century charm with a modern, eclectic flare and an emphasis on functionality.


Lighting Design
Lighting specialist Melissa McDermott of the Utah-based Lighting Design Company helped to turn the Lisman Studio’s inspiration into a reality on the Torek residence project. “I tracked down light fixtures [the designers] had seen in magazines, displays, homes, and the Internet,” says McDermott. “ I also offered other possibilities that aligned with [their] vision.”


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Richter Residence
The 15,000-square-foot multi-level home’s neutral color palette and natural finishes complement the landscape. “We tried to pay homage to the changing seasons in different parts of the home,” says Lisman. With its magnificent views, the mountains become artwork

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Interior Designers Speak | LaMar Lisman

Friday, August 9th, 2013

By Lesley Stanley
Interior photos by Scot Zimmerman Photography; portrait by Adilfa at Don Polo Photography

LaMar Lisman

CEO/Interior Designer @ Lisman Studio Interior Design
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

LS: How has the industry changed over the course of your career?
LaMar Lisman: As design professionals, we now need to show and provide more value to our clients. The challenge has become working with tighter budgets and high expectations and not having our design compromised. When I first started 25 years ago, design influences were more driven by aesthetics than they are now. The client is still expecting that, and a great designer should be able to do that. Anyone can throw money at things, but it takes a qualified professional to achieve goals in design and still be in budget.

LS: Where does your personal inspiration come from?
LL: Inspiration is always influenced by nature and is derived a lot from my surroundings. Living in this region of the country, we have four seasons, which provide endless opportunities because the environment is constantly changing. Additional inspiration comes from clients. In the past, I would always present to clients what I felt they should have, and now it’s much more interactive. They have particular styles of furnishings, paint color, or artwork that are significant and meaningful and want it to be a part of the design. A lot of that can provide inspiration for an entire project.

LS: How do you address a situation where the client likes an element that may be aesthetically pleasing but not quite functional?
LL: The client’s needs are always paramount, but you have to make them aware that a certain design element that may not be incredibly practical might affect functionality and require upkeep. If they are driven by that aesthetic, and they think it will inspire them, then I’m going to incorporate it.

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