Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2019

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CHARLOTTE, NC — "For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawing and creating," recalls Dara Barber, NCIDQ. The co-owner of Charlotte, NC design firm Pure Design Works got her start in theatrical design, working at first in San Francisco. "While I loved the creative process and the opportunity to physically build what I had come up with on paper, I felt like I wanted something a little dif- ferent," Barber explains. "Eventually I decided to go back to school for interior architecture at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco." Although she has since moved on, Barber still credits her time in theatre with giving her a head start in the residential design industry. "Theatre is a wonderful training ground for so many things, and I know I would not be here today without that experience," Barber notes. "The process for designing theater is actually pretty similar to designing a space in someone's home – you have a set of parameters (the script or the home), you are designing for someone else's vision (a director or a client) [with] a timeline and a budget. The key to success in both industries is to make all of those elements come together seamlessly." After attaining her degree in interi- or architecture, Barber began working at design/build firms in the Bay Area, then in North Carolina, where she designed and oversaw the installation of cabinetry for custom homes and remodels. It was in North Carolina that she first began to work with fu- ture business partner, and shortly thereafter, Pure Design Works began. "My partner, Aly Glavin, and I believed that it would give us the best opportunity to encompass all of our skills and offer clients beautiful design by designers who also understand the logistics, reality of installation and construction," says Barber. BALANCED PARTNERSHIP Barber credits teamwork for the success of Pure Design Works. "Our business would not be what it is today without our partnership," she says of business partner Glavin. "Aly and I work extremely well together and are a perfect bal- ance for each other. We constantly bounce ideas off of each other, talk through all decisions to make sure we have thought of everything as much as possible and use each other to help solve issues when they arise." According to Barber, much like the design- er-client relationship, the designer-designer Firm Uses Tech to Re-Imagine Design BY AUTUMN MCGARR North Carolina designers Dara Barber and Aly Glavin of Pure Design Works are going digital to make design more approachable for a wider range of potential clients. By opening up the walls between this kitchen and the adjacent living and breakfast areas, Pure Design Works created an open, airy, functional space. Pure Design Works focuses on creating spaces unique to their clients' needs, including features such as spaces for the family pet. This dated kitchen was transformed into an eclectic, modern space. Photos: Jenny Melick Imagery 28 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019 DESIGNER PROFILE

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