Back in February, MBD (Mark Borowski Design, Inc.) became a certified minority owned business through the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) New York City Chapter. Here is a link to the NGLCC website and my page:
I had not begun to advertise this, but next week, I will be pitching to some amazing companies where I hope that my certification will help me get my ideas out to a larger audience. After this upcoming conference, I hope to expand my reach even further and to work with more people.
To explain what I mean, one of benefits of being a Certified Minority Owned Business is that I can work in a number of capacities to not only help clients directly, but to work with other design professionals and companies in the design industry in getting a leg up on RFPs and other projects bids. Many companies are recognizing the LGBT community as a great group to engage with on a professional level and are doing so through diversity outreach and supplier programs which look to expand on working with Certified Diversity Suppliers like myself.
Whether you are looking for a Tier 1 Certified company to help you with your space and design needs, and/or a Tier 2 company to help you with bidding a job, or fulfilling a desired goal to work with the LGBT community, MBD is your go-to design firm.
Please feel free to reach out to me. I will be more than happy to see how I can help you.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!
And don't forget to check out my Facebook and Twitter Pages as well as the rest of my website (since you're here already).
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Back in 2005, I was featured on a show on HGTV. The producer of the show "Small Space, Big Style" read an article about me in the Philadelphia Inquirer about my small apartment in Rittenhouse Square and reached out to me to see if I would like to be featured on her show. I agreed and it was amazing. Although it's been ten years now, I remember that day like it was yesterday. Visit my Facebook page linked below to see the video and enjoy:
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you would like me to help you with your space and design needs.
Although it has been known for days, I am sad to say that one of my favorite architects and designers has died. Here is one of the articles written of her passing:
In her career, she stood out in so many ways. She wone numerous awards and adored by millions, all who thought they knew her because of the love and dedication she put into every design she created.
Thanks, Dame Hadid, for making the build world that much more amazing.
In a race to reach the sky, and to put a feather in their caps, architects and their clients are building taller than ever. An interesting article by the BBC discusses the current front runners as well as the history behind the phenomenon. @BBC-Culture
If you think this is about politics and such, nope! This is about me and how I made it here in New York!
Back on March 1, 2010, I moved to New York City. Only having a suitcase with enough clothes for a few days, I started working in a firm on the East Side near Grand Central Station. My dream came true!
Well, not really. Honestly, I had no desire to move to New York at the time. I was content with living in Philadelphia, but after being laid off from the great architecture firm I was working for in 2009, I thought, "Hey, it's going to be great!"
And it is! In a matter of a few short years, I went from Contract Work drawing CDs for Victoria Secret stores to working at the Conran Shoppe off of Union Square selling exquisite, fine home furnishings and furniture to celebrities (I met Paul Rudd, Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Jackman, and Matthew Broderick to name a few) to working in a small firm specializing in the garment industry doing work for many companies including Ivanka Trump (this is NOT going to get political), Adrianna Papell, and now, Anne Klein!
And now I have my own company, budding, but thriving, in this dog eat dog world of architecture. I have learned much from those before me, and I hope to keep the momentum going throughout the year and beyond!
I have to say thank you to many people including Sarah and Matt Berson, Renee Mannina, Jason Bizich, my Dad, my (very wonderful, patient) husband, Rodolfo, and so many more people from Philadelphia and New York who made this move happen and helped it stick. You are all amazing and I cannot thank you enough.
So this truly is a #SuperTuesday.
Twelve years ago, I was approached by the head of Marketing at The Hillier Group, the firm I was working at in Philadelphia, to debut my very VERY small apartment in the Philadelphia Inquirer. My space fit the description of what the article was going to demonstrate - designers who lived in small spaces.
After the article was published in Philadelphia, it was picked up by newspapers around the country. Below is one of those papers that picked it up. ENJOY!
!!!Spoiler Alert!!! The article was eventually seen by someone who helped me make the next step. I'll have more on that later. In the meantime, ENJOY!
For the longest time, if you wanted to have a physical presence for your company and have an office, you needed to sign a long term lease, have a boatload of money for a deposit, show financials for the past number of years, and sometimes even have a business plan for the duration of the lease. For many companies, that was next to impossible, especially start ups that wanted to get known in more than just an online presence.
Well fear not! A new century has dawned, and the shared-work space has come to life! I have had the honor of designing and branding of a new line of work-shared spaces called "Workville". Currently located at 1412 Broadway, the space offers neat, tidy work spaces with access to a lounge area, open desk space, and three separate outdoor balconies which are great during the months of warmer weather.
This will be the first of more locations for Workville. If you are interested in finding out more about how their space works and what the can do for you, check out their website:
Also, check out my "Projects" page for a few images of the space.
If you would like to know more about Workville, please contact Sue at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May success find it's way to you!
Welcome to MBD Live - a new and exciting aspect of MBD-NYC where you can read about some of the news that you might not have heard about in the world of design and architecture (and other miscellaneous topics). I hope to post regularly, so stay tuned. I hope you become more informed, or at least enjoy the world in a different way.
To pay tribute to the polar vortex that hangs over the Northeast this weekend, in my first post, I'm going to take us to a place that is even colder than it is here in NYC! Since it's Valentine's Day weekend, what better way to heat up the mood than to go to an ice hotel in Sweden where you could literally melt the walls if things get too hot!
Check out more: http://www.pickchur.com/2011/04/ice-hotel-the-exotic-architecture/