Every once in a while, my design life takes a turn for the awesome. That’s what happened when I, recently had the opportunity to meet designer Fawn Galli. Her design style is edgy, chic and whimsical and it seems that rather than creating rooms, Galli creates spaces that are more like worlds where her clients can retreat from the stress of daily life. Since she appeared in Domino in 2008, I have long admired her design style. Today in Design Wonderland, she is sharing her insights and inspirations.
Meet Fawn Galli
Design Background: Fawn refined her eye while traveling and studying abroad, after which she landed a job in the European Furniture department at Christie’s. She went on to work for the renowned design studios of Robert A.M. Stern and Peter Marino.
What Dictates her Design Style: First and foremost, the client’s taste, followed by space and light.
Artists that Inspire: Damien Hirst and Cindy Sherman. “Edge gives edge,” she said when I asked her why she looks to these two artists.
midas and the infinite, damien hirst
cindy sherman’s Untitled Film Still #3 (1977)
What she loves right now: Disco, Fashion and French Furniture from the 1970′s because they add glamour, sparkle and use great materials like bronze metals and combine silver with lucite.
loulou de la falaise, yves st laurent, and betty catroux
Favorite Colors: Fuchsia and Emerald
outtakes from the house beautiful shoot via fawn galli
What learning about Decorative Arts Taught Her: Antiques and vintage pieces bring soul to a space. Those pieces have a story and bring a richness to a room.
Every Room Needs: “Fantasy- a hint of something that seems like it doesn’t quite fit.”
Advice to a young designer: Having taken a nontraditional route to interior design, Fawn said, that a young designer should, Keep [their] eye on all the details.” In addition, she said, “Make sure you are always learning and work for a studio where you can gain broad range of experience.”
My conversation with Fawn left me feeling elated, like I had just met a kindred design spirit. If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you know that I rattle on and on about my love of disco and my adoration for the 1970′s in general (one of my favorite books is The Beautiful Fall). I have to give a great big thanks to Fawn Galli for taking time out of her schedule to sit down and share her insights with me!