Inspiration can spark at any time, and you need to pay attention when it does. When Architect and Elsy Associate Sarah Zales had an idea while traveling mid-flight, she immediately began sketching.

Little did she know, that spark of inspiration, which was originally intended as a ceiling design solution, would turn into a design carried throughout multiple projects in the coming year. From a large-scale custom millwork art piece installed on a ceiling to a unique vessel for a floral arrangement and finally as a custom pattern for an award-winning haute couture dress, the design proved to be not only versatile, but also memorable in each context.

Floral Pattern Elsy Studios Interior Design Ceiling

In its first life, the organic floral sketch became a more specific geometry suitable for the millworker’s CNC machine, turning it into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. At 26 feet long, the large scale installation can now be found in the reception lobby of a private shared service center in Denver. As the cornerstone and focal point of the space, the piece creates a welcoming and inspiring experience for guests.

Floral Pattern Elsy Studios Interior DesignThe Elsy team loved the unique pattern so much that it was repurposed into their Design In Bloom floral design concept.

Design in Bloom is an annual event by Modern In Denver that brings together architecture and design firms in the Denver area for a friendly floral arrangement competition. This year, Elsy teamed up with Woodcraft Unlimited to create a scaled down version of the ceiling design out of birch plywood. The design utilized moss, Craspedia and Pincushion Protea to recreate the pattern as a striking three-dimensional centerpiece.

Still in love with the design, the Elsy team decided to use it once again as inspiration – this time for the 2017 Pret-a-Porter.

Every two years, the IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Pret-a-Porter, a fashion show that allows Denver interior design firms to showcase their innovative talent in wearable art. During the event, design firms are paired with interior product manufacturers to create a haute couture outfit made entirely out of the manufacturer’s product. The 2017 Pret-a-Porter theme was ‘Hat’ couture, requiring teams to integrate a hat or headpiece into their designs.

Thanks to the ingenuity of the entire team, Elsy’s design won first place in the professional division!

Lucky enough to be paired with Floorz, a commercial flooring dealer, the Elsy team made the dress and headpiece entirely out of Masland’s carpet backing and edge banding, sewn by our Cathy Loftus and Carmen Schechinger. The model, who crushed it on the runway, was Elsy Interior Designer Sam Ward.

IIDA Pret-a-Porter 2017 Elsy Studios Floral Motif

This year’s design was especially near to our hearts because everyone on our team had a hand in its creation.

We are so proud of the final result and the collective effort of everyone involved. Congrats, Elsy team!

IIDA Pret-a-Porter 2017 Elsy Studios Design Team