How do you manage to fit it all in your home?
In New York City, apartments are small and every square inch is a commodity. I designated as much space as possible to common areas where I can entertain. After that, I started to think about the color palette. In the past, I’ve gravitated towards a more subdued palette but with this space I wanted to add much more warmth and texture. It became about finding opportunities to layer on things I’d discovered during my travels. I like to try and find space for every object and make sure that it is developed as a focal point. It’s an editing process. As I acquire new things, I start moving it all around. Then, as the seasons change, I begin adjusting again.
What’s your favorite piece in your home and why?
Currently, it’s a houndstooth chair that I designed last year. It’s become a reading nook for me: I can sit there on a Saturday and chill out a for a second and read a book. It’s become important to my routine and rituals.
And when you need to get down to work, how do you stay focused?
I often rely on music to counter-balance my emotions and energy. Often, I’ll find myself working late and so I like having background noise. If I’ve had a hectic, stressful day then I need to calm my nerves and become more centered. I’ll play classical music, which is soothing, to give myself a little bit of a moment before rolling up my sleeves and getting back into it. Other times, I need a pick-me-up, so I’ll play something that’s much more upbeat. I often do that when I’m designing or moodboarding. It gives me an energy boost.
How do you incorporate technology into your space?
It’s about finding products that align with the same design point of view. Because tech companies have started to realize the importance of design, they’re doing a great job making products that fit beautifully and seamlessly within an overall space.
This feature was produced in partnership with Bang & Olufsen. The product featured in this photoshoot is the Beoplay A9 speaker.