Lesley Rattner is the founder of Mixed Up Mosaic Commercial, a full service design and manufacturing company based in New York City. Lesley specialises in glass mosaic tiles, which are installed in restaurants, bars and casinos globally. She has worked with a range of professionals, including architects and interior designers such as The Rockwell Group and Jeffrey Beers Intl. Her firm has also collaborated with artists to transform their creations into mosaics. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Lesley Rattner.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I design glass tiles with a mixture of flare and fashion. I was the couture of glass tiles for years and am still on top of my game. My style is abstract and organic for the most part.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I lay it out with a template, drawing it up then laying out the colors. It’s not a hard process depending on the size of the project. We work on very large tables so we can take pictures too, sending them to the designer for approval.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I have worked with some of the most creative people in the world - David Mexico for instance. I started my business when Vegas was being renovated and people were designing crazy patterns using mirrors and all sort of unique things. I admire people that are still in the business after all these years and have smaller firms and think outside the box.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Textiles are very inspiring. Carpet, tiles and walking around the streets in New York City is inspiring. Looking online at other designers work in the interior world is very creative and inspiring too.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Passion and perseverance. Moving forward despite having my own career. I wear many different hats. It’s very hard to create something and have others believe in you and want to work with you. You must be a great salesperson and really have what it takes.