46 interiors+sources january2016 interiorsandsources.com
THE SOHO COLLECTION
Photography courtesy of MechoSystems
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
In Edison, N.J., and Phoenix, Ariz. at a
MechoSystems factory being cut into coverings
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK?
Being introduced in the MechoSystems booth
during one of the biggest events of the year—
WHAT’S THE RUMOR MILL CHURNING OUT ABOUT
YOU THESE DAYS?
That I’m shallow and with no depth. My detractors
confuse being made of thin yarn as being thin-skinned, but they are wrong. I can cover windows
and manage glare just like my thicker yarn cousins
can! Plus, my control of solar radiation while
maintaining a view to the outside can’t be covered
up or ignored either.
WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE THE PAPARAZZI
In Chicago, at the Merchandise Mart for
ASIDE FROM SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE,
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU MADE OF?
Well, speaking formally, a mix of PVC and polyester
and meeting the requirements of GreenGuard
Gold. I’ve inherited traits from both of my parents—
an industrial designer and textile engineer. I am
considered to be part of a distinctive color family!
IF YOU COULD GET ONE PLASTIC SURGERY
PROCEDURE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Augmentation of all types seems to be the
current fashion and I’m no different. At only 118
inches wide, bigger is better for today’s windows.
So, I wouldn’t mind adding a few inches. Is 126
inches too much to ask?
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR IDOLS AND
Easy: Mr. Joel Berman, the founder of
MechoSystems. During the early years,
Mecho had their corporate office in SoHo,
where many innovations of rollershades
were developed. Today, rollershades are
used worldwide to help people be comfortable
in spaces with windows—and that’s a lot
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TURN-ON?
I have a lot of hang-ups, but most of them are in
the frame of a window.
Sometimes I feel like I am on a roller coaster. Up,
down, up, down. For heaven’s sake, leave me up
or automate me.
WHO’S YOUR CURRENT BESTIE?
It’s a toss-up between the sun and glass. Sometimes
glass and I can be total frenemies, like when it
gets in a tiff and decides opaque textiles is its
BFF, which makes me jealous. But we always
work it out since glass knows I want everyone
to be able to take in the view with some privacy.
With the sun, however, it’s always got my back.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH NEXT?
I want to work with you, the reader, so call
MechoSystems and get a piece of me so you can
order a shade for your project.
WHAT’S THE WORST PART ABOUT FAME?
Everybody can’t take their hands off me. I’m
being pulled in different directions.