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November 2008


MEET THE DESIGNER

Robert Rizzo
By Mollie Magill

A LOCAL DESIGNER BRINGS AN UNCOMPLICATED STYLE TO HIS SHOWROOM AND INTERIORS

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What's your design philosophy? Keep it simple, create real personality and don't take anything too seriously—have fun with it. How would you describe your style? How has it evolved over the years? At work and play, my style can best be described as easygoing and uncomplicated. I believe in being surrounded by laid-back and relaxed beauty. Reaching a point in my life where I truly know who I am brings an enormous sense of comfort and peace, which is what I believe all our homes should reflect. Real style is about comfort, confidence and following your passion! Where did you study and receive your training? My education training was completed at Syracuse University in visual and performing arts. Then I worked as a creative director at top advertising firms in NYC before being able to pursue my passion and open my design practice in October 2001. What design aesthetic are you drawn to? A mixture of both modern and antique, preferably artfully mixed together. A Philippe Starck Lucite ghost chair pulled up to an antique Gustavian desk is my idea of heaven. [Image] Name a source of inspiration? The country and elegant country living. Whether it's the mix of golds and russets when the leaves fall, the rich chestnut brown of a weathered leather saddle, or the cool blue of a country lake, there is so much richness which I can draw upon. Who or what has had a profound impact on your work? My father ran his own design business in New York, and his dedication to his craft and his customers had a profound impact on me and the way I run my business and service my clients. No client is ever just a client. I take the time to really get to know them, to understand their lives. Describe your clients: Well-educated, sophisticated people who value living well in comfortable and inspiring environments. Favorite place to shop? I love to hunt out little antique stores and places where others might not think to look. Some of our greatest finds have been in the unlikeliest of places. In the Litchfield Hills the resources for interesting accessories and objects are endless. Tell me about your home. During the week we live in New Canaan, but treasure weekends in our quiet retreat in the Litchfield Hills. We've spent the past three years renovating and adding on to the 1840 center hall Colonial on a beautifully landscaped property. I've discovered a newfound love of garden design—I've become so passionate about it I may have to add it to my repertoire.

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