An Emerging Hamlet of Exquisite Design | 346 | And You Won’t Believe Where featuring Designer Mel Bean

This is Convo By Design featuring a conversation with a rising design star from an emerging hotbed of spectacular design, Tulsa, Oklahoma… You heard me!

Hear me out. For that past two years or so, I have been talking a lot about the work in what I am calling the design flyover states. That would consist of anything not California, New York and a highly specific group of cites that dapple the country, to include Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Aspen, Hawaii…you get me. There is some incredible work being done that you most likely will never hear about for a number of reasons we don’t really need to get into to. But you will hear about it here, on Convo By Design because I think it’s important. Why? Because there is ground breaking work being done by exceptional design talent who should be recognized. And you are going to meet one such designer today. 

Mel Bean started her eponymous firm with the idea that the work can be “stunning and functional.” That her work could be custom tailored to her clients no matter where they are, but his firm is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Some might think that there is no point in looking for new, fresh and creative work in Tulsa, they would be wrong.

Mel is an A-Lister, some just don’t know it yet, it’s only a matter of time. What you are going to find in Mel Bean is a strong work ethic, a keen vision and the ability to customize a design aesthetic to accommodate client desire and explore new ideas simultaneously. Bean has the creative touch of a fine artist. Her work is both elegant and timeless while remaining completely original, that’s not easy to do. 

Mel and I explore her work, talk about Tulsa and answer the question, ‘why she remains there’? The answer might surprise you and the work will inspire you. This is Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors.

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Thank you, Mel. Thank you for your time and talent. Thank you Walker Zanger for presenting Convo By Design and ThermaSol, you guys are remarkable partners. Thank you for listening. Without you, what’s the point. As you may have noticed, Convo By Design is bringing you design talent from all across the country. It’s not just about LA and New York, but Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. We are so rich in talent that sometimes, we miss some of the gems. Keep those email coming, email me with show suggestions and feel free to suggest a designer, architect or other creative you think the editorial team should be aware of. Thanks again for listening, remember why you do what you do and that the business of design is about making better the lives of those we serve. Until next week, be well and take today first.