March 1, 2011
The interior designer talks about trailblazing mentors, Greek cave houses, and the glories of tequila.
Interior designer, product designer, independent adviser
to collectors of 20th-century decorative arts
A Fifth Avenue residence, a Soho triplex, a West Village town house, and homes for a family that resides in New Orleans, Brooklyn, and everywhere in between. For our product-development arm, we’re designing two furniture collections, a tile-and-bathroom collection, and a rug-and-pillow line.
Why do you do what you do?
Everything inside my core being yearns for and desires it!
First step on a project
Methodology, preparation, and united teamwork
Last step on a project
Appreciation and documentation
How do you break a creative block?
Go to the research library at the Cooper-Hewitt, spend a Saturday at a museum or gallery show, do yoga, or surround myself with nature
B.F.A. in art history and marketing, master’s degree in fine and decorative arts from Sotheby’s graduate program in New York City
My visionary grandmother; the fearless artists that blazed many trails from North America for womankind: Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, and Emily Carr; and the ever-so-multifaceted designers Gio Ponti, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Mary Colter
My current design team!
Hans Wegner’s the Chair. A forever classic.
Office sound track
The sultry, exotic, and dreamy “Hôtel Costes” and “Buddha Bar” collections
My small collection of copper chunks from Holbrook, Arizona
Most useful tools
The iPhone camera. I currently have more than 3,000 photos I am constantly referring to.
Best place to think
For big thoughts, I need to think outside of the office.
My father’s prehistoric pottery from the Anasazi period
The Flip camera
Cave houses in Oia, Greece
Tequila, dancing, and late nights
Milo Baughman and Paul McCobb
Learned the hard way
There is nothing I would undo because
with mistakes comes growth, and I wouldn’t
be where I am today.