Interior designers like Tom Stringer, Nicole Hollis, Justin Seitz, Charlie Ferrer, and Drew McGukin design the finest residential spaces in major cities like Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Dallas. Their collective work represents an impressive sampling of the nation’s finest interior design, plus, they all use Studio Designer to manage their businesses!
Have you ever been curious about the designer offices that engender such brilliant and influential interiors? We took a peek at a select number of workplaces, where great designs are conceived in environments brimming with creative imagination, thoughtful leadership, collaboration, and hard work.
Based in his beloved Chicago, Tom Stringer and his firm are located in the Palmolive Building on the city’s famed Magnificent Mile—which was featured in Architectural Digest last year. Tom’s office is as plush and sophisticated as the spaces he designs with stylistic touches that reflect his passion for adventurous world travel.
Tom keeps his staff of 20 well-fed and connected with lunch ordered in daily in from a different restaurant in Chicago. The stylish team dines on four walnut-top Saarinen tables or take meals alfresco on their outdoor terrace. From the spectacular chandelier by Visual Comfort in the conference room to the Holly Hunt screen in a seating area, Tom Stringer’s office is a perfect reflection of the heightened style and energy he brings to his extraordinary interiors.
Over in San Francisco, Nicole Hollis recently doubled her office space in a historic 1924-era building in the SOMA neighborhood. She envisioned a modern and minimalist open plan filled with natural light to declutter the mind for her design team allowing them to approach each new project with fresh eyes. White Fontana Arte dome pendant lamps hang above custom made standing desks and charred black wood boxes house their product library. Nicole fosters the creativity of her staff by supporting their productivity and creativity equally. Like Tom Stringer, she encourages socialization during meal times with a giant dining table that seats up to 28 for family-style eating.
Justin Seitz is based in Fort Worth, Texas and his design office—also featured in Fort Worth magazine—is a sleek and curated space with gallery-grade lighting that adds to its museum-like atmosphere. Justin handled the renovation of the office with his team using art and furnishings to “breathe and shine” in an airy and crisp space; his Damien Hirst painting claims a prime spot in the reception area. He also has notable furniture pieces including René Prou chairs and a Traccia table by Meret Oppenheim.
Charlie Ferrer is a rising, self-proclaimed “millennial designer” who operates a design studio and art gallery as a joint practice in a Beaux Arts building in the Flatiron District. His work includes high-end residential interiors, custom furniture and lighting design, and vintage furniture sales. He is especially passionate about sourcing unique vintage lighting and recently joined 1st Dibs as a dealer, having been featured in an article in the company’s Introspective magazine.
His office has a cozy, residential feel with leather swivel chairs by Brazilian designer Ricardo Fasanello; lamps by Andrew Hughes; and plaster torchieres by Kacper Dolatowski. Charlie is particularly adept at using vintage pieces in modern, forward-thinking settings that elevate his luxury interiors.
Drew McGukin moved his main office across the street from his residence in New York’s Chelsea district, but still maintains an active workspace at home encircled by vibrant yellow storage where he conducts client presentations. As featured in Introspective Magazine, Drew’s home is an exuberant distillation of his design essence where he dares to go places his clients wouldn’t. He covered the walls and ceiling of his bedroom loft in Voutsa’s George Chinoiserie, a geometric and psychedelic pattern symphony on yellow.
Other eye-popping details include a leopard sofa, ocelot ottoman, green tiger klismos chairs and a copper open kitchen. Drew is drawn to high art photography and adorns his walls with works by artists including Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus.
He is a designer who likes juxtaposition and contrast in his work and enjoys the quality of “the raw against the polished and classic.” His work and home environments are bold statements to his clients indicating the exciting design process that awaits them.
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