Design Enrichment Trip: Marfa, Texas

Design Enrichment Trip: Marfa, Texas

The lauckgroup Design Committee organized the first annual design enrichment trip. Members of the committee noticed that there had been talk of increasing design communication within the firm. They believed that taking a trip to a unique destination would allow everyone the opportunity to connect across offices on creative topics and energize the firm with some fresh inspiration. They settled on Marfa, Texas as the ideal destination for this type of trip. 

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WHAT IS MARFA?
KIND OF A BIG DEAL

Surrounded by hundreds of miles of desert, this small town feels like a world away. West Texas’ quirky art town has a population of 2,000, but attracts crowds of artists and creatives from all over the country. It all started when the acclaimed minimalist artist Donald Judd left New York City in the 1970s for this dusty dot of a town. He wanted to escape the art scene he claimed to disdain. This town would soon after become an arts mecca. Starry nights, desert landscapes, and alien sightings all complete the experience.

We asked our staff a few questions to be answered anonymously about their experience during the trip. Here are their responses:

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So the big question, what did you think of Marfa?

“It was a great experience to step outside of the city…and work life. To really get down to the basics, not be so overwhelmed but to really appreciate nature as a whole. The community was very tightly knit and I think the location is really what also brought us together. Not too big, and manageable. Back to the basics.”

“Marfa has a great charm to it. It was fun to see how the people there have adapted and reused the existing architecture to make it work for them and their art. It always felt like we were on a private tour of the town. Even with all the people there for the anniversary, it never felt overcrowded.”

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Were you able to relate the content of the trip to what we do at lauckgroup?

“I think the concept of community really strung throughout the trip and definitely relates back to lauckgroup. It allowed us to step out of our comfort zones and really appreciate the passion of other designers and artists. It reminded us to keep things simple, clear headed, and stay opinionated.”

“We design spaces which inspire others to think, work and thrive. Marfa was full of hidden gems and ‘adaptive re-use’ which gave life to the little town and provided visitors and locals with a space to express creativity and/or experience it.”

“Yes, in more of an abstract sense. The study of shape, form, light, and material was great (Chinati Foundation exhibits). The other experiences helped to broaden awareness.”

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Did you feel inspired?

“I found inspiration in the quiet moments, in reflection, in nature, and in the people. Not just as it relates to design/work, but also personally.”

Did you have enjoy the trip?

“It was a lot of fun! I would do it all over again. I am very grateful to work somewhere that gives opportunities like this to their employees and to work with such great people who make things like this fun and interesting.”

“The landscape was beautiful and it was great to get out and see new parts of the state. The art was great and abundant, so there was something for everyone to enjoy. I think as a whole the trip was successful and I would definitely do it again.”

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