Brigitte Preston not only co-owns lauckgroup, an interior architecture firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, she’s the Principal of Design, leading the vision that the company is known for. Bringing international views, thanks to her Belgian roots, Preston spearheads the process to create design-worthy workplace and institutional environments that are not only innovative, they’re functional, with clients like Whole Foods Market, Bazaarvoice, Simplot, and Winstead. For this week’s Friday Five, take a moment to catch Preston’s selections for her five favorite things.
1. Antwerpen, Belgium
The connection someone has with their hometown runs deep. For me it is not only family and childhood memories but the place itself. I love this city with its unique, eclectic mix of historic buildings and new, minimal modern design interwoven in a way that creates its own character and identity. Each time I visit I find that a refined sense of design seeps into all aspects of daily life from the way a florist puts together a bouquet to the beautiful way a desert is plated in a little cafe.
2. The Democratic Travelers
My daughter and her boyfriend have been travelling in this vintage Airstream for the past two years. They are currently living “off the grid” in Southern Utah. Because they both work for tech companies, they can work full time remotely. Their life is such an inspiration that we can make choices about how we live, what kind of experiences we have and how few material things we need to have a rich life.
3. Marfa, Texas
A town of 2000 people in the high plains desert of far West Texas, Marfa is where ranching culture and international art converge. The starkness of the whitewashed buildings against the incredible sky and the art make me want to return every year.
It’s about eating the most basic of foods. I love it in all its versions – french, whole wheat, sweet and savory, crispy or soft. I can’t live without it!
5. Roden Crater by James Turrell
There is something mystical about the combination of an extinct volcano combined with a complex architectural project that is conceived as a piece of art. I am intrigued about what drives an artist to undertake a project that may not be finished in his lifetime and that has not been seen by many people.