Floor Coverings International Vancouver/Portland is delighted to unveil the latest installment in our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Tyler Goodro is the founder of mid century modern and contemporary design blog Plastolux. You can follow Tyler on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I went to school for graphic design and have been working in the field for the past 20+ years. I have been blessed to apply my design sense across many different mediums, such as; furniture design, product design, and branding. I refer to myself as a visualist, I observe everything with a designers eye. I started a blog named Plastolux in 2007. I am a husband to an amazing wife and a father to 4 awesome children.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I have always been attracted to architecture and interior design. We started remodeling a home and I found myself shooting links to friends containing architecture and interiors that I liked. One particular friend got tired of me filling up his inbox, so he told me to just start a blog. It just made sense, I could keep all of my favorites in one place way before there was Pinterest and other cataloguing sites.
My Blog keeps me searching, I like the discovery, the finding of designers or artisans I had never heard of. Feeding my desire for great design, architecture, and art is a result from searching and finding content for Plastolux. I have done a few DIY’s and some How-Tos which I enjoy sharing with others.
How would you describe your design style?
Modern, but more specifically mid century modern. I aggressively collect furniture and art from that era. I often say that modern design is much more difficult to execute on than design that has more ornamentation. The age and quality of materials is the key factor that attracts me to a piece. Older mid century pieces can almost fit seamlessly with newer contemporary pieces in the same space.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
There are many platforms I gather inspiration from. Tumblr, Google Images, Instagram, Real Estate sites, and in many instances people email me projects that they have seen or are working on. I follow a lot of people that have the same interests as myself.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I have recently started to refinish a lot of mid century furniture that has fallen into disrepair. A recent project that I recently finished up was a Florence Knoll Executive desk with a walnut top and privacy screen. I found it on Craigslist and it was in very poor condition. There were quite a few steps involved getting it looking great again but I was very pleased with how it turned out.