This month, we’ve featured the best of West Chester design — from interior and landscape design, down to artists and consumer products.
When people the parts of West Chester that make our borough the beautiful place it is, we would be surprised if design wasn’t at the forefront of their minds. Whether it’s the historical and chic designs of the homes, or the classy and unique antiques that you can use to decorate your living rooms, design is everywhere. For our April “Design” issue, we’ve highlighted different types of design from a few of West Chester’s best designers.
We have so many talents in this town that it would have been impossible for us to highlight every designer in West Chester, but we had to try to narrow it down!
Design to Shine:
“Knowing the durability and the other gemological factors play a part in what stones are better to use for a specific piece” — Sandy Riper, Sunset Hill Jewelers.
“[My dad and I] have taken glassblowing, welding, and blacksmithing classes together, and I think we would still be working with our hands in some creative field if we weren’t jewelers” — Evan Kaplan, Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry.
To Protect & Preserve:
“The fundamental responsibility of the HARB is to make recommendations of appropriateness to borough council. But I like to think of the process as a conversation or a dialogue with the applicant” — Joseph Martino, Historical & Architectural Review Board.
“One of the misconceptions of the HARB is that we want to freeze the town and are not interested in progress. That’s not the case at all. We understand that any historical building, unless it’s Mount Vernon, has to be usable. Whether it accommodates stores or apartments, it needs to be economically viable” — Phil Yocum, HARB.
“We can renovate your home, develop styling plans, manage your projects, and design custom-made furniture for you. We’re a name people trust” — Krystal Reinhard, Old Soul Décor.
“One of the first things the landscape designer will do is recommend a lot of different styles. So getting a firm idea of what landscapes designs you like will smooth things over immensely” — Mark Lowery, Lowery Lawn & Landscape.
WCU Art + Design:
“To make a piece of art that sits next to one of the most important documents of all time was quite humbling and is an extreme honor I’ll cherish forever” — Jeremy Holmes, art professor.
“That’s when I took two graphics classes and realized it was something I could do the rest of my life,” Kelsey Mountford, WCU student.
Check out our April “Design” issue online and around the borough!