It’s been back up and running since late January, but this Saturday, the Red Bank Public Library plans to hold a grand reopening to mark the completion of a $1.6 million renovation.
The interior design of the facility was done by Globus Design Associates, a three-person firm that specializes in library and museum work and is one of the field’s more accomplished practitioners in this part of the country. It also just happens to be based right here in Red Bank, just a few blocks east of the library. Firm principal Suzan Globus of Fair Haven, a past president of both the American Society of Interior Designers and its New Jersey affiliate, founded the firm 18 years ago.
redbankgreen spoke recently with Globus about her work on the project. We met in the former Eisner family living room, now the home of the New Jersey collection, which Globus calls “one of the most beautiful public spaces in Red Bank. I just can’t think of another interior in Red Bank equal to this one.”
How did you come to this specialty?
I was a journalist, and had reached my life goal by the ripe age of 25; that was to become a newspaper editor [at a weekly shopper on Long Beach Island]. Along the way I had written sports, I had written for magazines, I had written for TV and for a member of Congress, and the only thing I hadn’t done was to write a book. But I quickly realized I didn’t know anything about anything but writing, and who wants to read that book?
So I decided I should go pursue another interest and then write a book about it, and that led me to a one-year course in interior design, and I loved it. So I said, ‘I’m going to do this properly,’ and I went on to get another four-year degree in interior design, and became qualified by the National Council for Interior Design. [The book idea, she says, fell to the wayside.]