Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Liz Dalton

After learning that the average human spends about 90% of time indoors, Liz Dalton was instantly inspired by how much of an impact interiors have on our mindset and well-being. With eight years of experience and a Masters of Arts degree in Interior Architecture, Liz has been able to lend her creativity and technical skills to the Arcsine design team. Many of her residential and commercial projects have been featured throughout the Westcoast and seen in publications such as California Home + Design and San Francisco Chronicle. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Liz Dalton.

Andrew Joseph: What is the last book you read?
Liz Dalton: I’ve been diving into more classics lately -I just finished Lydia Davis’ translation of Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust. Definitely not a quick read, but an incredible piece of writing. His characters are so meticulously observed, and I finally know what the famous madeleine is all about. Now I just need to tackle the other six volumes!

Andrew: If you could guest star on any TV show -on or off air-what show would you guest star in?
Liz: Mad Men, which I’m currently rewatching. Even if I played an extra in the background, it would be such a treat to wear Janie Bryant’s amazing costumes and explore the sets. Don and Megan’s 1960s Manhattan apartment with the sunken living room and pendant lights is just the coolest.

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Liz: A Lion’s Tail -bourbon, lime, bitters, and allspice dram. It’s perfect for fall and winter, a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy. The name apparently comes from the expression “twisting the lion’s tail” which means provoking the British (who have a lion on their coat of arms).

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Liz: I would love to design a tiki bar, something really colorful and fun but also bright and airy, not a dark cave-like some tiki spots. I enjoy design that doesn’t take itself too seriously and think a bit of kitsch can be a good thing. Going to a bar should feel like a little vacation.

Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing you own?
Liz: My absolute favorite piece is a blue jumpsuit embroidered with orange octopi. It’s slightly ridiculous but always gets compliments and makes me feel much cooler than I actually am. The brand is Pepaloves, it’s from one of my favorite boutiques in Oakland called Bella Vita.

About The Designer | Liz Dalton is an interior designer at Arcsine, an architecture and design firm based in Oakland, CA. Her love of interior design stems from the ability to transform people’s daily experiences through their surroundings. “Whether you notice it or not, to a certain extent every space you enter has been designed,” Dalton shares. Growing up in Oakland, CA, Dalton spent hours sketching floor plans and envisioning spaces. After earning her undergraduate degree, she spent several years in New England gaining an array of valuable work experiences, from education project management, to high-end residential and affordable housing design. With a desire to hone her craft even further, Dalton earned a Master of Arts degree in Interior Architecture from Suffolk University in Boston.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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