Barrie’s Approach to design:

As you look through the various projects in my portfolio over the years, you will see that I always give careful consideration to the architectural style of my client’s project, global location and lifestyle. These factors have been, and will continue to be paramount in my designs. When designing a project, whether it is your home, secondary residence, hotel or yacht, I believe it is necessary to have an element of selfishness along with a good dose of indulgence. This is a time that is all about how or your clientele will enjoy using the space, your family and friends, and how you live.

I really enjoy when my clients get involved, and become excited about their project as I am. I am proud of the fact that none of my projects look alike; I would not want anyone to say “that’s a Barrie Livingstone Project”. It is a true testament to my dedication to giving my clients a project that truly belongs to them and listening.

When I first see a space, whether it is in person or on a plan my eye is immediately drawn to anything that needs to be corrected. “I see dead people” referring to any bad elements of design that seem to haunt the space. Often it can be a simple remedy: new door hardware perhaps, a thicker molding, or a new wall finish. Good style is all about correct proportion and context. Using the form-follows-function principals established by Mies Van Der Rohe is the basis of my design. A square room can become almost anything: a fabulous gourmet kitchen, a movie theater, a sexy bedroom, a thumping disco, or a diva’s wig room (don’t laugh, it has been done).

Barrie’s Past, Present and Future

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates “UAE”
In early 2009 Barrie was hired by Hospitality and Leisure Associates “HLA” and relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There he was part of the design team responsible for hospitality projects located in the both the UAE and Taipei. The Intercontinental Hotel Group “IHG- Middle East” in Ras Al Khaimah a resort with 350 rooms, 7 Food & Beverage outlets and Spa, also Southern Sun’s Hotel Eva just off the Corniche, Abu Dhabi.  (Both are currently under construction). His influences will also be seen in several areas of the newly rebuilt Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.
After a 6 month engagement he then went on to work on projects including the 4,000sq. ft. Porterhouse Restaurant in the trendy Changat Bukit Bintang (Star Hill) area of Kuala Lumpur, a 2,000 s.f. hilltop apartment in Damansara Heights (see portfolio). His main area of concentration was the application of green and energy/water savings technologies in both residential, commercial and hospitality buildings.

The Malibu Chronicles

In 1999 Barrie met Janet  through the late Wallace J. Tutt, III. They had both attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Wallace and Janet were responsible for “Casa Casurina”, Gianni Versace’s South Beach residence. At that time they were building Cher’s Malibu home. Janet called Barrie in late September, 00’ and asked him if he would be interested in assisting her with the completion of the interior. Of course he was thrilled, and he started working on the project immediately.

2001: Bussell Livingstone Interiors was located above the infamous PC Greens on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and many of their clients were located in Malibu. Un-photographed (private) projects include clients: Jose Eber, “Back Street Boy” Kevin & Kristin Richardson and Dwayne (the ROCK) & Danny Johnson and private residences.

2002: Barrie & Janet developed a property in Baltimore, MD and opening "Patterson Perk", a friendly upscale corner coffee shop that featured their own unique blend of coffee. The coffee shop was voted “best coffee shop” in 2003 by Baltimore’s City Guide. They also finished the renovation of their 1920's row home in Baltimore that features a loft style apartment and houses the National Audubon Society on the ground floor.

2000: Barrie revamped Montgomery Design Group’s design showroom and turned it into a “must stop” on the West Los Angeles furniture showroom scene.

Where the design started, Miami:
1993: Barrie co-founded The South Beach Design Group in Miami Beach. And in 1996 they opened a 4,500 s.f. furniture showroom. Extensive travel to all the major trade shows both in the states and in Italy was part of the regimen to offering cutting edge design. While building the company’s client list and name recognition, Barrie worked on projects in New York, California, Tennessee and Rhode Island. They also designed the nightclub Luaon Espanola Way in South Beach, and the famed Miami Beach Bath Club.

1992: Barrie became a project manager for the F.H. Laurier Design Group in Miami, which at the time was ranked in Interior Design Magazine's top 100 commercial design firms. He facilitated commercial designs through furniture purchasing, specification, construction observation and management. Clients included: Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands Resort  IBM, Coutts & Co Bank, Vestrust Securies. Office projects ranged from 10,000 to 25,000 s.f. in size

Humble Beginnings:
Barrie immigrated to the States from Manchester, England in 1982. He studied Interior Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and graduated with honors in 1990.

In The Media:
Television: Host on several episodes of ASID TV 'Blueprint for Design'a call in show for design tips

Co-host with Christopher Lowell’s 'Miami Style' onDiscovery Channel.  
Fox News, Channel 7 Miami Deco Drive several segments as designer in the know.
HGTV's (Home and Garden Television) Designer's Challenge2 episodes
TLC's (The Learning Channel), Faking It also aired on England's Channel 4.

Magazines: Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Angeleno Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Florida Design, Florida International  as well as Rizzoli’s book, “Designing for Small Homes” andHGTV's “The Best of Designer’s Challenge”


Memberships and Organizations

About ASID American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people’s lives. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. There are currently over 18,000 professional members.
Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards: They must have a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and pass a two-day accreditation examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

What is NCIDQ, National Council for Interior Design Qualification
Earning an NCIDQ Certificate is an important milestone for any interior designer. In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, an NCIDQ Certificate demonstrates that you are uniquely qualified through education, experience and examination to competently practice interior design.

Today clients and the public expect interior design professionals to demonstrate their competency in all areas of interior design. It is not enough for a provider of interior design services to understand just the aesthetics. The designed safety of interiors for home owners, business owners or users of public and private spaces requires much more in today’s complex world. More than 25,000 individuals around the world have earned the prestigious NCIDQ Certificate.

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