Where was your favorite place to live?
Mercer St in NYC when Soho was all art galleries and gritty lofts. Before it became chic. I would have coffee with my painter friends and explore Soho and the East village. Now I love the quiet of my home near the ocean, on a pond in Southampton NY.
What’s your favorite room in your home?
I love my office in NYC and Southampton, I work looking out a big picture window at the park and Columbia university. There are two mirrors I designed in back of me so that my associate who sits across from me has a view too. Our walls have our wall paper and fantastic fire engine red lacquer desks. In Southampton I sit across from my husband in our office. It has another wallpaper I designed and white lacquer desks. We both look out at green and water!
What are your sources of inspiration?
Definitely art and architecture and fashion.
Who are you design icons?
Herzog & de Meuron, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Yves St Laurent, Corbusier, Christian Liaigre, Zoran, Mies van der Rohe.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The Barcelona Pavillion! Corbusier’s LC4 chaise! The YSL safari jacket!
What are your interests outside of design?
I love Pilates! I do paddle boarding on our pond. I am a dog nut! I just found Soul Cycle. I love to cook and entertain.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I buy shoes and I love caramel ice cream too much.
Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy only what you can not live without. Then you never make a mistake which costs money. Wait a few days after you have seen this item and if you must have it in your life make the purchase.
What’s the best career advice you ever received?
The best career advice I ever received was from the great Peter Eisenman who teaches at Cooper Union and Yale: “When you stop learning at your career, change careers”.
There are no “wrongs” in design. Keep a note book… ask questions always… make sure you have a passion for what you do. Be compassionate and confident. Go to art shows antique shows and ask questions. Travel!
To see all of Brett’s current designs for CB2, go here.