Archive: Nov 2015


  1. 5 Reasons Why Living AND WORKING in San Diego Promotes Happiness

    Jeni Champion has been a designer at ID Studios for over 2 years. She is kicking off our Designer Forum section with:

    5 Reasons Why Living AND WORKING in San Diego Promotes Happiness

    When I was growing up with my family north of Los Angeles, I spent a couple of summers visiting Pacific Beach and I remember thinking to myself, “I am moving here one day.” I have lived in San Diego for almost 10 years now and everyday I think to myself “I can’t believe I live here.” As humans, we typically take a vacation to relax, de-stress, have fun, try something new, escape the day-to-day grind, and be in a carefree state of happiness (for as long as our vacation time allows).

    We’re lucky to live where people come to vacation. We’re livin’ the dream and here are my top 5 reasons why I love it!

    1. Let’s be real, we have THE BEST WEATHER in the country

    Mission Beach Off Season by Jeni Champion

    Summers in San Diego are amazing of course, but the locals know the best time of year is October-February. So spending a Sunday afternoon in November reading a book or doing some work on Mission Bay’s quiet sand is pretty much the equivalent to the desk in your office, just with a view and some tan lines.

    2. We can wear flip-flops all year round (and a lot of us actually do)

    Flip Flops in San Diego by Jeni Champion

    I can bet that if we’re all being honest with ourselves, we don’t like shoes. We would let our sandy, ocean dipped toes free to breathe all year round if we could. The funny thing is the weather says we can, and sometimes a casual Friday at work in San Diego allows it too!

    3. So many sunset views, so little time

    Sunset at Solana Beach by Jeni Champion Sunset at the Coronado Bridge by Jeni Champion

    From Sunset Cliffs, Crystal Pier, Coronado Bridge, to Fletcher cove, they’re just so pretty it hurts. Sometimes they’re so good social media is flooded by pictures of natives marveling at the beauty.

    4. You can spend an entire weekend without your car

    Park Your Car for the weekend by jaymantri.com Park Your Car for the weekend by jaymantri.com

    Whether you live in Encinitas, Downtown, Pacific Beach, or North Park you can park your car at home on Friday after work and not turn it on until Monday. These communities offer us everything we need with just a walk, a bike ride, or a short trolley or Coaster ride away. We look forward to those days with NO TRAFFIC, and quick accessibility to all of those things we need.

    We don’t only crave this in our personal lives, but in our work lives too. As a designer of workspaces, this lifestyle provides insight into how we as humans function. Spaces that promote happiness and comfort also promote productivity and motivation. We’re designing spaces that people want to come to every day (even when the beach is calling).

    5. Work –Life balance

    Work Anywhere by ID Studios

    Contrary to popular belief we don’t actually all surf to work. But we do work hard so we can play in our beautiful city. We spend so many hours of our lives at work, why not make workspaces a place we want to be and are excited and energetic to come to every day.

    In order to live the laid back happy life of a San Diegan, it’s not just what we do on the weekends, it’s the lifestyle we live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  2. IIDA Fashion Show San Diego 2015

    The IIDA Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where San Diego’s esteemed design professionals strut their stuff down the runway outfitted in amazing garb constructed using only the materials provided to them by their sponsor and the fabric they collect at the Fabric Grab.

    This year was a tribute to Album Art. Each firm selected an album and our team selected Nirvana‘s iconic album, Nevermind.

    Nevermind by Nirvana

    In the 90s, Nirvana established themselves as THE grunge band.  Their influence transcended music into fashion and pop culture.  The sound and style became iconic because of the dynamic contrast of quiet verses and heavy choruses partnered with their messy, dirty, plaid sweaters. Our design draws influence from the infamous cover of the Nevermind album and the swimming baby.

    ID Studios IIDA Fashion Show 2015 San Diego

    ID Studios IIDA Fashion Show 2015 San Diego, Winner, Best Theme Inspiration

    ID Studios has translated the image into a whimsical interpretation of an underwater fashion dream reminiscent of a wistful water nymph. The flowing fabric cascading from the model’s arms surrounds her with the ethereal nature of water while the simple style of her dress harkens the birthday suit worm by the child.

    The materials that brought this concept to life include furniture hardware, mesh and gauzy textiles.

    We were thrilled to win this year’s award for “Best Theme Inspiration”!

    Thank you to our sponsor, Think Office Interiors and the team at ID Studios for working so hard to make this happen. Enjoy as Mary shows off our design.

    You can see more pictures of the show HERE.

    ID Studios team at the 2015 IIDA Fashion Show San Diego

    ID Studios team at the 2015 IIDA Fashion Show San Diego