MEET THE DESIGNER
NO SPACE IS TOO SMALL—OR TOO STRANGE—FOR THIS INNOVATIVE, WELL-TRAVELED DESIGNER
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What's the first thing you try to learn about your clients? How they intend to use the space. It truly goes back to the form/function dictate—I look at the actual size of the space, and then at how the clients envision it. Can you describe your personal design aesthetic in three words? Innovative, tailored, luxurious. What's your favorite challenge to overcome? Oddly shaped rooms. It seems like many of our new projects have interior layouts that are completely out of sync, so our task is to find a way to make them work efficiently and look beautiful at the same time. From where do you draw your inspiration? Strangely, much of our work has traditional roots. Everyone at DDG loves taking classic formations and integrating unexpected facets into them.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to make simple but dramatic updates to their interiors? EDIT, EDIT, EDIT! Too many things make all that is in a room look unflattering. A few well-placed large-scale pieces really make an impact. How do you like to spend your spare time? Traveling with friends. Time is our most precious commodity—spending it with people I love and who are adventurous is the best way to relax. If you could travel with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would you choose? My partner. It's wonderful to see places and people through someone else's eyes because everyone looks at things from a different perspective. What project have you been most proud of upon completion? I'm very proud of all of my projects—each one is so distinctly personal.
What could you never design a room without? Great lighting—it totally sets the mood. A combination of light sources to provide the perfect illumination goes a long way. What could you never live without? Good books, great friends and Hermés blankets! Tell us about the last place you traveled. What was most interesting? Nevis in the West Indies. The island is beautiful; I spent a long lunch at a beautiful private old plantation. Their great room overlooked the mountains and sea, and it was the most perfectly designed and decorated room. It was timeless. It has stuck with me for months. If you could invite anyone to join you for dinner, alive or deceased, who would it be? Mies Van der Rohe (a great design inspiration), Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey—now that would make for interesting dinner conversation. What colors or color schemes do you find yourself most drawn to these days? Grays, blues and oranges.