Episode 003: Vicente Wolf

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A world-renowned interior designer, Vicente Wolf has been named one of the ten most influential designers in the United States by House Beautiful and has been inducted into the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior Design Magazine. Wolf has been at the top of the Manhattan design industry for over 35 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his team build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity.
Wolf has published three design books, Learning to See (Artisan, 2002), Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design (The Monacelli Press, 2006) and Lifting the Curtain on Design (The Monacelli Press, 2010) that focus on the many design inspirations found throughout the world through the eyes of a traveler.

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  1. Rissi Cherie on 03/01/2016 at 12:40 PM

    James, This is the first podcast I have listened to and I was hooked. Vicente Wolf was interesting; your questions were great at eliciting good answers and nuggets of advice. Most enjoyable. I am going to listen to podcasts one and two soon, probably today! Thanks for efforts to bring these interviews to the designers who often work alone and feel somewhat unconnected to the wide world of design.

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:56 PM

      Rissi, So happy that you’re enjoying the technology and the show. Keep listening and know you are not alone! Warmly, James

  2. Tiffany Gieser on 03/01/2016 at 6:44 PM


    THANK YOU. I’m an avid podcast listener and I’ve searched far and wide for a sophisticated interior design podcast that allows listeners access to learn from all our favorite designers and the wealth of knowledge that they’ve gleaned throughout their careers. I’m currently an Interior Design student in Seattle, WA (making a brave career change in my early 30’s) and simply put, it’s quite difficult to get access to my design heroes out here in the Northwest. There’s no design panels, forums, or lectures, etc with the top designers out here so instead I read all of their beautiful books cover to cover and read the interviews that have been printed -but there is nothing like actually hearing them talk about their craft and their process in “person”. This is a treasure for listeners like me. Thank you!

    Two questions:

    1. Can you very pretty please interview architect Bobby McAlpine, and designers Susan Ferrier and Ray Booth?

    2. Would you consider listing the episode notes (brief bio and book links, etc.) within the individual podcast “i” (information) tab for each episode on your iTunes podcast? It’s convenient since we’re already on iTunes to just hit the info tab on the episode vs. having to open up a browser and the MDD website to view the books and people that have been referenced.

    You are offering a wonderful and much appreciated service to the design community! I’m so grateful!


    Tiffany Gieser

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:32 PM

      Tiffany, Thank you for your note. I’m delighted you are enjoying MDD. Bravo for you for following your passion by returning to school and pursuing design. You won’t be sorry. I’m doubly happy that we’re meeting such a need for you too.
      Love your questions too! Yes. All three names you mention are on our “ask” list. It’s a large list, as you might imagine, but we will get there I promise. As to your second question THANK YOU and YES. I’m very new to the technical side of podcasting so until I read your question I didn’t know this was possible. But I checked and it is. We are in the process of contracting with a service to transcribe each podcast (for the shownotes section) and I will complete the research needed to transfer the entire shownote section to ITunes. I appreciate this bit of new knowledge. Not sure how long it will take for this to happen. But I promise it will.
      Warmly and sincerely,

      • Tiffany Gieser on 03/04/2016 at 12:34 PM

        Thank you! Zero time pressure on figuring out the episode notes on iTunes. I think we’re just all grateful that you were brave enough to start this Podcast – as it’s not like the rest of us know anything about producing/editing/and posting podcasts. I know a massive amount of work goes into each episode and you’ve obviously taken the steps to do it well the first time. Lastly, your voice is incredibly soothing and wonderful to listen to – an amazing bonus!

  3. Katie Scott on 03/03/2016 at 2:21 PM

    Vicente is a true master in design and an enormous inspiration. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into his beautiful, creative mind. Wonderful interview, James! Thank you, Vicente!

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:23 PM

      Dear Katie,
      So happy to read your note. Deeply appreciate you taking the time.
      Here’s wishing you a wonderful day.

  4. Carol Terry on 03/03/2016 at 3:24 PM

    Hello Mr. Swan,
    We are very much enjoying the podcasts and are anticipating the announcement of your coaching information.
    My concern is, my design peers, myself included, do not see where we are to leave our review ratings. We all have PC’s or Androids…please advise.

    5 Star *****
    Carol Terry

    • James Swan on 03/03/2016 at 8:21 PM

      Carol, Thank you so much! I’m delighted your enjoying the podcast. The coaching program is in devleopment and I’ll make sure everyone hears about it when it’s ready to launch.
      Here are some simple steps to assist you in rating and reviewing the show:
      Whether on your computer or mobile devise start by downloading ITunes.
      Then on our website, go to any Episode and scroll down. You will see a button that says “Write a Review”
      Click on the button and you will be taken to an approval page (this step is omitted on IPhones or Androids) on ITunes. Accept the connection request and you’ll be on our ITunes podcast page. Hit Rate and Review and just follow the directions.

      I’m so happy to have you on this journey with me.



  5. James Light on 03/04/2016 at 9:43 AM

    Thanks, James
    Enjoyed listening to Vicente while working on a floor plan. Heard things I never knew about Vicente. Looking forward to more.
    Congratulations on this new endeavor!

    • James Swan on 03/04/2016 at 10:01 AM

      James, So glad you enjoyed the interview with Vicente. Remarkable on many levels. Continue to enjoy the podcast series and don’t hesitate to rate and review us over on ITunes. It’s amazingly helpful. Warmly, JS

  6. Rodolfo Vickrey on 03/13/2016 at 11:54 PM

    I always visit my clients in their homes before beginning a project to understand the way they currently live, what they like about their decor and what they really want as their dream home. I instruct them to pull pictures from magazines, even if it s just a door handle, and slowly we build up a jigsaw puzzle with their pieces. It s my job to fit them all together and fill in the blanks with decorating magic. ~ MLB

    • James Swan on 03/19/2016 at 9:22 PM

      Rodolfo, Very wise words. Thanks for sharing. Warmly, JS

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