Kismet is more to me than just a word and more than just a business name. It is a way of thinking and a way of being.
My first introduction to the word kismet was when a sculpture by Terra Sculpture was showcased in a display garden that I helped design for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The sculpture was stunning, but the name really struck me. Years later when thinking about what my company name could be I wrote some goals for what I wanted out of a company name. I wanted it to say something about me and have a correlation to design but most of all I wanted it to have meaning and not be generic. (Designer’s curse)
Kismet has many definitions, but most definitions come to align around destiny and fate. The Turkish /Arabic root of the word means by portion, or division. Each of our lives contain chapters and phases that we move through to reach our goals and work towards who we are meant to be. So by Kismet you are working through the phases of life to reach your destiny. This also can be applied to design as it is a process that has many phases to work through before coming to the final design. I strive in each of my designs to create spaces that feel as if they were always meant to be as they are and giving a sense of groundedness to the garden and elements within.
In turn, Kismet by definition and my interpretation of its various origins gave it correlation to design and deep meaning. It also speaks to how I try to design and my thought process. The last factor that sold me on the name was that it started with a K. I have a unique spelling to my name and the K has always been a bit on an identifier to me.
And Kismet Design was born.
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