Fresh out of RISD I had the great fortune to live and work in Persia for a number of years as a design consultant to Farah, Empress of Iran, developing modern applications for traditional textile weaving. Finding creative solutions to design problems has always been my passion, as well as the study of the creative process itself. My curiosity, eclectic tastes and my lifelong interest in travel to exotic locales has provided me with a broad palette of experiences and knowledge to impart to all my projects.
After returning to the United States, I worked for many years as Creative Manager for GENON Contract Wallcoverings, before founding Lehrmitt Associates, Inc. in 1996 in Austin, Texas. My work in the commercial wallcovering industry has allowed me to apply my expertise to product development and design, manufacturing, marketing, packaging and branding. I have also been involved in the fine and applied arts – furniture, textiles, jewelry, fashion and interior design.
Alaina Chambers joined me in 2004 and today, although most of our work is still in the commercial wallcovering market, we continue to enjoy opportunities to diversify and explore new challenges while remaining selective about the kinds of projects and clients we take on.
In the age of the Internet, where geography and distance become irrelevant, I value the opportunity to continue experiencing tactile pleasure in design. Hands-on creativity helps me stay connected to our clients' objectives. In our work, Bob and I try to maintain a balance between digital reality and everyday reality, small pictures and big pictures, work and play.
My hands-on approach to life has led me to become a practitioner of Somatic Meditation through the esoteric teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism. Somatic Meditation develops a meditative consciousness that is accessed through the feelings, sensations, somatic intuition, and felt sense of the body itself. This right-brain approach to meditation has enhanced all areas of my life, helping me to be a more thoughtful, creative and engaged person.
Years of collaboration have made us into a strong team. Bob’s experience and expertise in the industry along with my fresh eye for detail and design have led us to some exciting and innovative solutions. For me, that’s the best part. We love a challenge, because it brings out the best in both of us.
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