Bea Pila has captured awards, partnerships and commissions for her creative, intricate and high-quality designs that achieve the perfect blend fashion, function and art. Her expertise and reputation as an interior designer, stylist and decor retailer has further enabled her to envision pieces that deliver personality to a room, yet harmonize with an array of styles.
Pila garnered accolades from her first foray into the furniture design realm with the introduction of her “Banana Leaf” vanity at the statewide “Florida Style” competition by the Florida Association of Furniture Manufactures. The design of intricate sculpted iron took first place in both its category and overall as best-of-show. Pila invested the prize money into a series of bathroom vanities, including the “Vidrio,” which won an ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Product Design Excellence Award and a commission with Robern, Inc. a Kohler subsidiary, to design an adaption piece on the company’s behalf. Italian manufacturer Tecno Art Marmi was also intrigued by her work, specifically her collection of Grecian-inspired pre-cast stone vanities. Pila then launched “The Chameleon,” custom creative bathroom solutions via an array of design options and finishes, which are still available through private production.
Pila once again received top honors at “Florida Style,” this time for her “Brisa Bed,” a fresh take on the elegant, 1950s rattan furnishings of her family’s past. Whitecraft Rattan, Inc. retained her to create several collections adapted from the idea, resulting in “Visions” rattan living and dining sets and “Mariposa” furnishings of rattan, iron and raffia. Additional manufacturer partnerships have included Woodard for her a line of patio furniture of woven PVC wicker. Commercially, Pila secured a contract with Metro Cafe for her barstool designs of interchangeable materials for restaurant and bar use.
As an interior designer, Pila continues to design custom works on behalf of her clients, which have included a freestanding, 360 degree “Axis” plasma TV stand (revolutionary for its time and winner of ASID “Design Excellence Award”), “Silverline” bookcases of bamboo and steel, and unique artworks in the form of doors, railings, lighting, vanities, storage and more. Under her retail storefront, Artistic Lifestyle, Pila regularly releases one-of-a-kind repurposed pieces, most notably her vibrant “Suzani Collection” of vintage, handmade tapestries from Uzbekistan applied to seating frames of various design eras.
Currently, Pila is preparing to launch her own furniture collection, entitled “Hide & Seek”. Comprised of luxe materials such as cowhide, acrylic, leather and detailed hardware, the array of accessory furnishings are meant to be jewelry for the home. Its beauty is complemented with clever functions that accommodate the multi-purpose/multi-tasking lifestyles adopted today.
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