Color Marketing Group is delighted to confirm that Mike Farrell – designer, artist, and product developer – will be the Guest Speaker at the upcoming Greensboro ChromaZone Color Workshop being held April 26th.
Farrell lives life with “eyes wide open.” Farrell’s distinct, playfully irreverent point of view is marked by his sense spontaneity and humor. Drawing inspiration from his nomadic lifestyle and his infatuation with the often chaotic but vibrant world around him, Farrell is a storyteller. Farrell’s work often draws on layering, creating designs and spaces that spark conversation, a sense of discovery, and occasionally, laughter.
Farrell’s work has appeared in stores, galleries, museums, theatres and entertainment industry party sets. Farrell’s innovative showroom designs and installations are widely recognized as must see events and have been commissioned by industry leaders including AmericasMart, MMPI and Surya Rugs, where he currently produces a line of floor coverings and accessories. Farrell’s expansive design portfolio also includes rooms for the Metropolitan Show Home DIFFA project, the HBO Emmy’s post party, and an award winning window design with ABC Home for African American History month in 2010, a tribute that received widespread national coverage.
Farrell’s early career began in his first New York City showroom, selling high end Jacquard rainwear and umbrellas; designs that appeared in Saks, Neiman Marcus and Macys to name a few. In 1988, while launching a pillow line with Eastern Accents, Farrell met Elizabeth Miller who was Sheridan’s then VP of design. The two married in 1989 and created Miller-Farrell Designs, which formed licensing deals and partnerships with the likes of Croscill, Mastercraft, Doblin, Santee and American Rug Craftsmen (later Mohawk) among others.
In the years following the Miller-Farrell partnership, Farrell made South America a permanent home base; first in San Paulo, Brazil and later in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he continues to reside for the greater part of the year. Farrell’s work with the then rapidly emerging South American market included work with the eco-friendly vintage truck tarp line, S.O.B, which became a staple in high end furniture stores such as Environmental Furniture and Anthropologie.
In 2002, after making Buenos Aires his home base, Farrell created Adesal Jacquards USA with Buenos Aires partner mill Adesal S.A. From 2002-2013 Farrell acted as marketing & sales director building the USA brand from the ground up, from relative obscurity to a well-known and respected entity. As a designer, Farrell created a line with edgy, often humorous designs, which broke every rule in a stale industry, injecting new life and attracting young, fresh audiences along the way. In 2013, Farrell parted with Adesal, seeking fresh direction and inspiration.