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Designer Profiles: An Interview with Rob MacNeill

Rob MacNeill Design Lines Ltd.

 

It’s with the warmest welcome, that we introduce Rob MacNeill, the newest member of the Design Lines team. Rob brings a wealth of technical and architecture knowledge to the team; focusing on design and construction documents. When he is not with the team, he is working in his studio creating his next piece of art. We are thrilled to have him on board! Without further ado here is a little more about Rob.

How would you describe your professional style?

 Understated, Simple, and Balanced

 What are your inspirations?

Sculpture and music

 What is your design philosophy?

 Being innovative with design solutions, always fresh.

What are your three must-haves?

 1. NPR Radio 2. My cast iron frying pan 3. My bicycle

What piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in the design industry?

 Make sure you get a variety of different design disciplines within your career; do not expect to know what you want to do right out of college, it is okay. Remember to be open to possibilities.

What is the last place you saw that made you think, I wish I’d done that?

 North Carolina Museum of Art

How has the economy affected design?

 The economy has allowed people to recognize what they really want to do and what is really important in life.

What has been your smartest business decision?

To simultaneously focus on two different careers, which allows one discipline to inform the other.  

What does value mean for you?

 The ability to offer a new and innovative solution to an old problem.

What’s on your DVR?  What shows do you keep up with?

 I enjoy watching a reality T.V. show called “The Next Great Artist” and also “Art 21” on PBS.

What are you reading right now?

 I just finished “New York Underground” and I am currently reading, Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and “History of Art 1945-Present.”

If you weren’t in interior design, what would you be doing?

I would probably be working in the public health sector. I have always been interested in science and this field of science has real life applications to human welfare.

How did you get started in this field?

 I was inspired by a professor/mentor of mine who taught art history of architecture.

Where’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled?

 A monastery in Serres, Greece.

Where’s one place that you love to have the opportunity to work on a project?

Venice, Italy

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

The feeling of creating something that is beautiful.

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