Upfront with D’angelo Thompson: In Conversation with Erika Winters Design
Design runs through Erika Winters´ veins. Her passion is to enrich everyday life with a sophisticated, chic, and timeless design. She is a perfectionist, and her goal in interior and furniture design is to create a calm and comfortable urbane feeling and environment.
Interiors and furnishings are not only a product; thus, but her goal is also to create a calm, comfortable urban ambiance. Erika’s focus is on end-user comfort in her integral design of homes and offices. Attention to detail is crucial for Erika throughout the design and manufacturing process.
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Also, Erika Winters specializes in reconditioning used furniture, converting into unique objects for special places. This brings her into close contact with the furniture and the spaces to be designed. Possibilities are infinite for furbishing up each piece of furniture. The exquisite quality of means that her clients can visually enjoy and feel them every day.
Erika´s career and work of 28 years have drawn significant media attention. She has been published in Architectural Digest Mexico, Chic Magazine, Habitat Magazine, Casa Viva Magazine, Mexico Design Magazine, Real Estate Magazine, Entre Muros of Reforma newspaper, and Vogue Mexico Magazine.
Erika Winters extends her influence beyond Mexico City. As a registered trademark, Erika Winters® Design is an International multidisciplinary design company specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. With an essential team of Architects, Graphic Designers, and Renderers, the company developed the Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, and offices in New Jersey, New York, and Mexico City.
DT: What attracted you to pursuing a career in Interior Design?
A: As a child, I loved films with strong design elements and interior design magazines. Plus, my mom had great taste, and our homes were always beautiful and always felt inviting/comfortable. For me, I always think the home is essential and the center of your life. So, why not make it beautiful and inviting.
DT: Your projects are impressive; what are you currently working on? What other genres of design are you expanding into?
A: I am working with my husband, Luis Herrera, on a beach home in NJ, working on our new home, a property in Sherman Oaks, and a home in Joshua Tree. We are working on an extension to the Presbyterian Hospital in Santa Monica.
Also, working on a dinnerware and silverware line. In 2016, I was in Milan at an annual International Fair for Design, and we took a side trip to Verona during this time. In this gorgeous small church, I saw a monk, took a photo, and at that moment, I was inspired to create dinnerware. You never know where you’ll find inspiration. Now, we are expanding into new markets, dinnerware silverware, and even fashion (No King Official).
DT: What designers or architects are you influenced by?
A: First of all, I love Marcel Wanders from the Netherlands. And Philip Starck, Karin Rashid, and Zaha Hadid. All of these designers have their strong points of view, very inspiring, and I can relate to all of them.
DT: What would you want your legacy to be?
A: I would want my legacy to be recognized as a strong and talented Mexican female designer in the world of architecture and design.
DT: What great lesson would you share with younger interior designers, especially women?
A: Be true to your design; believe in yourself; eventually, you will reach your goals. Don’t give up.
DT: What city or place in the world inspires you?
A: I am very inspired by Italy, NYC, London, and France.
DT: How do you incorporate your passion for travel into your projects?
A: Our projects make my travel possible; my husband and I make it fun. We take photos for inspiration and experience the culture fully.
Name: Erika Winters Design
Job Title: Interior Designer
D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.
His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.
As an Author, D’angelo penned and published “Enhanced Beauty”, “Enhanced Beauty for Teens “, “Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming”, and “A 100 Days of Gratitude”. All are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retailers.
He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on Anchor.fm/dangelo- thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.
D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.
As a community activist, he organizes yearly fundraisers to support AIDS research, education, and advocacy with The Latino Commission on AIDS (2009-2017), youth initiatives, domestic violence, and sex traﬃcking awareness (2000-Present), social justice, and LGBTQ rights & safety (1990-Present).
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