Rhea Vaflor is Affiliate Principal and Director of Life-style at Hickok Cole, a forward-focused structure and design agency primarily based in Washington, DC. She’s additionally an AIA award-winning licensed inside designer and LEED accredited skilled with an MFA in Inside Design and MA in Worldwide Growth from George Washington College. Initially from the Philadelphia space, Rhea initially moved to Washington, DC to pursue a profession in worldwide financial growth. Although that profession path gave her the chance to extensively journey internationally and the work was fulfilling, she realized that her real love lay in design. Rhea attracts inspiration from her travels in addition to the worlds of dance, graphic design, cinema and style. And he or she passionately believes that the designer has an infinite accountability in making a constructed setting that respects the well being of our planet, positively impacts how we work together and informs the long run route of our communities.
Immediately Rhea joins us for Friday 5!
I prefer to have 10-Quarter-hour of meditation earlier than plunging into my day. I pop in my AirPods and lie flat on my again with my weighted blanket and my cat close by. I’m a really energetic individual, so having this time with my ideas helps middle me. The kind of meditation I do modifications, nevertheless it’s typically guided. I’ve a YouTube playlist known as ‘The Work’ with a curated listing of roughly 100 meditation movies from chakra balancing to procuring positivity. I’ve additionally been experimenting with the Wim Hof respiration method for some time. It actually resonated with me due to how easy but highly effective it’s.
I’ve a weekly follow of working with crystals. I arrange three completely different matrices – one in my bed room, one in my lounge and one close to my work space – and alter them based on my weekly intentions and the objectives I set. I’ve one arrange now, for instance, that’s about cultural id. I’m a really kinesthetic individual, so transferring my fingers in a means that isn’t simply typing I discover is like one other type of meditation. The entire course of could be very therapeutic: you clear the crystals and the encircling area and you then state your intention. The three I’ve been working with essentially the most are obsidian for energy, selenite for clearing (particularly for stress) and ocean jasper for transformation.
3. Anime + Science Fiction
A lot of my inspiration comes from these subcultural niches. There’s a lot innovation and creativity in anime and science fiction – particularly in YA (younger grownup) novels. A few of my favorites are Cowboy Bebop and something by Studio Ghibli, they’re so stunning and I really like that the protagonist is normally a younger lady discovering her energy. I’m drawn to the escapism side, and fantasy typically, which I feel interprets effectively in design as a result of I’m primarily world-building on daily basis. A typical thread I’m drawn to in anime is dystopia, not as a result of I’m pessimistic however as a result of I consider them as cautionary tales. They make me extra conscious of my decisions and that evokes me to dwell my greatest day, on daily basis.
4. Graphic Design
I discover graphic design to be so much much less formal than inside design work. I like to have a look at what client companies are doing for inspiration. I like taking a look at merchandise and packaging due to how efficient they are often in delivering a message, even on such a small scale. They’re sometimes extra particular to time and/or place too – type of like a cultural snapshot. One in every of my favourite businesses to verify in with for inspiration is Sagmeister & Walsh. I love their artwork work and the robust feminine voice behind it. Their group approaches creativity in such a novel means too. I additionally love that Jessica Walsh began her personal inventive company &Walsh. They embrace rejuvenation and relaxation, one thing I feel we may all use extra of as of late, and go on mini hiatuses to journey and acquire new perspective. I’ve been attempting to include that mindset into my work model: I take mini restorative breaks the place I’ll flip via design or artwork books and see the place my thoughts goes.
5. Self Care: Rihanna + Fenty Magnificence
Rihanna is a polymath – so gifted at music, style, magnificence, social justice advocate, designer, and many others. As a Brown individual, Fenty Magnificence was one of many first magnificence manufacturers that spoke to me. The packaging is gorgeous and trendy, the colour palettes are complimentary to all pores and skin tones and the model has a world view. I (used to) love going into Sephora to check completely different lipsticks and shades, however at the moment I can’t dwell with out my Gloss Balm within the shade of Fenty Glow. I consider magnificence as self-care and it actually can rework your self-confidence, which I realized from watching drag queen make-up tutorials on YouTube. Rhea Litré is my soul sister – she will be able to contour the shit out of something.