(Me with the Interior Design faculty at Weber State)

I was happy to accept an invitation to give a lecture to the interior design students at Weber State University in Ogden during my last trip to Utah in early December.  After teaching at the Art Institute in Salt Lake City for three years, I do enjoy getting back in the classroom when I can.  The students at Weber were about to start a project for charity where they reupholster a chair that is auctioned off in the spring.  It is a wonderful project they do each year, and gives the students excellent hands-on experience working with a local upholsterer or refinisher.

I spoke to them about current design trends towards antiques and vintage, with such a strong link emerging between the interior design world and the antiques trade with the huge popularity of sites like 1st Dibs and antiques dealers looking towards a new generation of clients…


And so many high-profile designers like Kelly Wearstler and Jamie Drake mixing antique and modern pieces-



And of course, gave them a few tips and ideas to keep in mind as they embark on their own upholstery adventure!  I wish them all luck and hope I can be there for the auction in the Spring!

Thanks Weber!

Christa Pirl

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