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August 02, 2022
Photography Credit: Kris Tamburello
These days almost anyone with an Instagram account can claim they are a designer, or hang their design studio shingle on clickable affiliate links to mass-market websites. But when the din of these digital “designers” gets too loud - that’s when the true artists rise through the decorating detritus and shine a beacon of light on the industry of interior design. Do I wax too theatrically? Perhaps. But I, for one, intend to seek out and celebrate those that elevate the industry through their original and creative work, robust with color and texture, and yes, even a touch of the theatrical. Enjoy this month’s feature!
Photography Credit: Costas Picadas
Fawn Galli Interiors is a full-service residential and commercial firm with extensive experience in all aspects of interior design and construction management. Renowned for her masterful use of color and texture, Fawn brings a fresh eye and modern approach to every project. With a nod to the past and a focus firmly tuned to today, she creates inspired interiors that meld the traditional and the contemporary.
A well-traveled explorer, Fawn finds inspiration in a myriad of diverse worlds including fashion, textiles, 70s disco and nature, all of which inform her work. Her layered interiors, which often employ unexpected materials and elements from a range of time periods, are distinctive, memorable and, most importantly, reflective of each client’s taste and lifestyle. Recent projects include a Newport estate, homes in Connecticut and the Hamptons, a West Village townhouse, Soho offices for a film company and a classic Brooklyn brownstone.
After an early-life spent amongst nature in Mendocino, California, Fawn spent years living in Paris where she studied French, leading her to a position in the European furniture department of Christie’s. She began her career in interior design at Robert A.M. Stern where, among her many projects, she designed Mr. Stern’s own loft and apartment. She went on to work with Peter Marino before launching her own firm in 2007. Fawn’s work has been featured in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Domino, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among other leading outlets. Her first book Magical Rooms: Elements of Interior Design (Rizzoli) was released in Spring 2019 and is available for purchase through Amazon.
Photography Credit: Jonny Valiant
What importance do textiles play in your designs?
Textiles are extremely important in my design and vision for a space. I love vibrant colors, dreamy designs, & rich textures. I also use vintage textiles and trims for soulful details.
Where do you take risks in your work?
Depending on the client and vision the risk can be in detail or a dramatic pattern on a sofa. I like to push the interior into something comfortable but surprising which helps it feel personal to the people living there.
How much of being a great designer is innate and how much is learned?
I believe a lot can be learned but it is important to work for someone who is interested in mentorship and the design or process you admire. It also takes hard work. The innate aspect is important in understanding what a client wants for their home when they don't know themselves. One needs intuition and to be aware of other people’s dreams & way they live.
View more of Fawn Galli’s inspiring work at www.fawngalli.com
Photography Credit: Costas Picadas
This summer I’ve been busy bouncing from coast to coast. I’ve been from Los Angeles to New Jersey, NYC, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and even Florida in the dead of a summer heat wave. Throw a bought of Covid in there and yeah, it’s been a busy couple of months!
But all the summer travel enabled me to experience the vastly different (yet equally harsh) climate challenges that different regions endure. In the San Fernando Valley, my lounge cushions are literally disintegrating in the 100+ temps. In New Jersey, my in-laws were busy bringing patio cushions in and out as unpredictable rain storms rolled by. Florida humidity had me thinking that even as lovely as the Ritz-Carlton was, their upholstery was not immune to the sweat-drenched travelers that passed through.
Yes, even while traveling or vacationing, my mind is on textiles. Specifically, how can we solve some of these situational challenges through smart textile use? And although I gush over beautiful, elaborate fabrics with the best of them, I equally geek-out over cool textile innovations and technology. This is why I believe so strongly in promoting the use of technologically advanced outdoor fabrics like the ones featured in our Summer Pop-Up Collection. Not only do these fabrics address the aforementioned issues I encountered during my travels, but they also do a fine job of being absolutely gorgeous pillows in their own right.
Take a look at our Indoor/Outdoor pillows featured by @karen_myhomedecor on instagram: