Last year we highlighted Sacramento’s newest design superstars, just in time for the holidays (“Fresh Perspective,” by Kibkabe Araya, December 2013). Here’s a look at what they’ve been up to over the past year.
Former “Project Runway” contestant Richard Hallmarq debuted his ready-to-wear spring/summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week last September. Staying true to his hometown roots, Hallmarq expanded his business in April with the opening of a new retail store and showroom in Sacramento on 8th and H streets.
Sacramento-based metal designer Thomas Ramey has been busy turning ideas into designs as an expert on FYI Network’s “Red Hot Design,” which premiered in August. The show follows interior designers as they repurpose scrap materials into unique works of art and allows Ramey to demonstrate his talent with metal and raw materials while working on long-term sculpture projects.
Marvin Maldonado, architectural designer and owner of inFORM design in Sacramento, has realized his dream to “drop a shipping container or two in Midtown.” Maldonado, who has been featured on DIY Network’s “House Crashers,” is the owner and project manager of the Federalist, a beer garden and restaurant on Sacramento’s N Street that opened in late October and is made of, yes, shipping containers.
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It’s been an extraordinary couple of years for Richard Hallmarq, the 41-year-old Sacramento native who last year made his fashion debut on national television and is now gearing up for New York Fashion Week from his design studio inside the Sacramento Art Complex on K Street.
Sacramento has not been kind to Thomas Ramey, though he loves the city and hopes it will someday let him succeed. A Southern California transplant, he’s accustomed to clients who value his contemporary metal sculptures, modern architectural design elements and hand-fabricated furniture.
“First off, I’m not an architect,” says Marvin Maldonado, a Sacramento-based building designer. He’s really more of a dreamer with a architecture degree.
But as we all know, dreams can get tricky.
Dramatic medical and technological advancements always grab my attention. They cause me to pause and contemplate how incredible the human mind can be. We create such remarkable things. But our achievements and creativity don’t have to be as groundbreaking as fetal surgery in order to influence society.