What inspires you?
New York-based architect Lee Mindel received his Master of Architecture from Harvard after obtaining his B.A., Cum Laude with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the New York architecture firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Rogers, Butler, Burgun, before forming the firm Shelton, Mindel, & Associates with Peter Shelton in 1978. Since the formation of Shelton, Mindel & Associates in 1978, the architects have strayed from the dictates of their modernist training to avoid the trappings of a signature style. Their formal explorations steadily oscillate between the "modern" and the "traditional," directed in each cast toward a carefully wrought simplicity. In addition to the firm’s architecture and interior design expertise, it has a product design division with collections for Knoll, Waterworks, Jack Lenor Larsen, V’Soske, and Nessen Lighting. Shelton Mindel & Associates is the recipient of 17 AIA awards for interior architecture, three design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, a Progressive Architecture citation, three Roscoe awards for product design and most recently the 2004 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. The American Institute of Architecture, the National Academy of Design, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work in both traveling and permanent exhibitions. Both Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel have been inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame, and in 2000 Mindel became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Question: What inspires you?
Moby: So my dear friend Jody Shields gave me one of the greatest gifts. She gave me the gift of words. She is a wordsmith and has written beautiful things and at a very difficult time in my life where I had a lot of loss, losing both my parents she sent me this beautiful beautiful poem by Derrick Walcart and I read it all the time and it goes the time will come when with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome and say sit here, eat and will love again the stranger who was yourself. Give bread, give back your heart to itself to the stranger who has loved you. All your life whom you have ignored for another who knows you by heart take down the love letters from the book shelf, peel your own image from the mirror, sit and feast on your life.
I think I was raised and taught to please and to serve. I am in a service business and not appreciate oneself enough and may be if you can free yourself of those shackles and enjoy who you have the potential of being in who you are that you get that out of the way and you can move on and so I think of that a lot.
Recorded On: 6/1/07
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