I had the great pleasure to meet Veronika Miller at a Tweet-up during one of the big tile shows earlier this year. Veronika is a good Twitter friend. She provides support and happiness throughout the day with her Tweets. Also, Veronika is an interior designer who caught my attention as she explained her vision, Modenus. I could see right away Modenus was a better mousetrap with some great tools destined to become an online design resource centered on creating a community.
The site has been in development for most of this year and now is now ready to launch. The service is free for designers. I encourage manufacturers and vendors to place their products on the site as well. What better what to keep your products in front of cutting-edge designers needing a source for their next project?
Best wishes to Veronika and here's the Modenus press release:
Online design resource launches – and it's free!
The site can be used by everyone in the interior design industry:
- Consumers will find amazing products, connect with designers and be inspired by daily design blogs.
- Design professionals will explore new global resources, network with peers, feature their work and manage projects on the site's unique project management application.
- Manufacturers will engage with consumers and professionals in discussion forums, showcase their product collections in the curated catalog and communicate with their followers via a direct news feed to registered users who have selected to receive more information.
Modenus.com – a comprehensive product catalog and project management platform for the interior design industry launched this month. The catalog portion of the site is generally open to consumers and design professionals, but verified pros have the added benefit of getting access to a collaborative project manager, pro forums and trade only information posted by manufacturers.
The resource is the brainchild of Veronika Miller, who worked as a successful Interior Designer before turning her attention to digital media. She says designers need better tools to help them work profitably and efficiently - especially now.
Speaking about the launch, Veronika Miller says:
"No one needs to tell interior designers that times are tougher. We are launching Modenus to help them make the most of challenging business conditions by offering them free tools to work more profitably, a platform from which to network with peers and meet potential clients and a curated catalog of products from the US, Europe and beyond, putting new and exciting resources at their finger tips."
"But it's not just about Designers. Manufacturers are entirely free to engage with consumers and designers and can set up distribution channels that best serve their business model. Manufacturers can list showrooms, retailers, E-commerce outlets and even design studios that carry their products to provide the consumer with the most sensible avenue to specify or buy."
"But our efforts won't stop at products. We want Modenus to be a bridge that connects designers and consumers across continents. So many design professionals are now prepared to consult virtually or to travel for a great job, why not shake the geographic restraints and use a platform like ours to find a designer, a client or a product anywhere in the world. Business isn't what it once was but that doesn't mean there aren't new opportunities."