Piper Lauri Salogga, Interior designer. Seattle, WA.
Describe your profession
I'm a sustainable feng shui interior designer. I've been doing it since 1998.
How did it start?
My father was an architect and so was my mother. My grandma was an artist. I originally wanted to do professional theater. I went into the visual arts world-- ran an art gallery in college. It didn't fit, it felt too high brow. One day, when I was at the airport I picked up this really dry and traditional book on feng shui and it all of a sudden just clicked. Within two years I was making a lot of recommendations and everything turned into a design solution. In 2004, sustainability became a huge role. There was more mindfulness about sustainability as a practice.
Where did you run a gallery?
South Oregon University. The school had a bunch of professional opportunities. It was so fun to push the envelope with booking artists. I got to work with a lot of great people over the years such as Lynn Basa and Linda Hodges.
Do you still do theater?
No, but I'm doing Living Sensual (3-5 minute videos interviews) with my husband about what lights people up and makes them happy. We want to expose people to really inspirational people in all walks of expression and send a message of conscious beauty.
If you could be anywhere, Where would you be?
India. I have a huge interest in Indian spirituality. I would love to learn more about Vastu-- the indian form of feng shui. It has many of the same principles of the Japanese feng shui. A lot to do with how toy think-- shifting an environment has a lot to do with positive mindset.
Are there any fashion designers that inspire you?
Donna Karen for her casual sophistication. Betsy Johnson for her wild flare. Chanel when it felt like Chanel, it doesn't feel like that to me anymore. And of course Alexander McQueen because of the way he pushed his ideas to the edge and his artful expression.
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