Russell M. Stanley is the former president of ASID Texas Chapter (American Society of Interior Designers) and was later appointed ASID fellow. After obtaining his degree from Parsons School of Design in 1960, Russell returned to Texas to work for a commercial firm before setting up his own practice.
Russell invited us to see a building that he designed in the seventies and spoke to us about what it was like to be a design student back in the fifties, when Parsons only had 250 students. After seeing his work it was clear that he was strongly influenced by European designs. He mentioned that he never liked the international style movement, despising its homogeneous and box-like approach (“a creativity killer”). However he supports the use of new technologies and believes that interior design should not only based on ideas but also result from manufacturing processes and new technologies that can achieve long-term quality.