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Feb 22, 2006
When I start a project, I look at all materials, whether they're in the garment industry or industrial materials or whats exciting at Material Connexion, says Christopher Coleman, the designer most likely to create an interior using ribbons, beads, embroidery and applique in head-turning ways. An appreciation for beautiful things was cultivated by his mother, who took him to museums and designer show houses while Coleman was in his teens and the family was living in Washington, D.C. I wanted to be a chef, but my father found that career choice strange, so I studied graphic design at the Philadelphia College of Art instead, he says. There he was encouraged to try interior design by a professor who recognized his astute color sense and approach to shape.
Coleman started his own firm shortly after doing a show house in Southampton in the mid-1990s, which caught the attention of editors and brought him clients. Now, he says, whenever I'm in a new city, I check to see if there is a local designer show house going on.
Coleman counts Gio Ponti among his favorite designers and his Venezuelan partner as a major influence. Travelling throughout Brazil and Mexico with him opened my eyes, he says. There are some extraordinary houses in those countries, filled with color and mixed materials and fabrics.
Christopher Coleman Interior Design
55 Washington Street, Suite 707
Brooklyn, NY 11201