Friends... I have an interview with the beloved Jamie Herzlinger. With the launch of her showroom at the NYDC, she is living proof that a girl with a dream (and rockstar design talent to back it up) is unstoppable! There are few designers that I would hire to design my home for me rather than design it myself. Jamie is on that very short list.
I love her unique blend of glamorous sophistication, exotic flourishes and classic style. No space by this blonde bombshell will ever lack an element of surprise of layers of visual interest. She manages to make brand new spaces tell a rich and intriguing story. Art and interesting "objets" live alongside cozy cream throws and contemporary occasional pieces. She is a master at her craft. A true mixmaster of periods and styles, her look is both sexy and ageless. I am thrilled to see a talent such as hers reaching new heights. She has been in the business for years and worked hard to achieve this level of success.
With the opening of her showroom at the New York Design Center, the rest of us now have access to her unique line of furniture and decorative creations so that we too might infuse our spaces with the look that is uniquely Jamie Herzlinger chic. Brava, Jamie!
As promised, an interview with the talented designer. Enjoy...
We've been in touch online for years. It's been impressive to watch your popularity soar and your business flourish. Was there a pivotal moment that inspired you to dream bigger and decide to break out of the box and "go big"?
Franki! Thank you for the huge compliments! The idea that inspired me to dream bigger and decide to break out and "go big" was the desire to reach out to interior designers across the country. With launching my furniture collection, my desire is to bring gorgeous, timeless products to market that are all bench made in America and hand carved.
The idea then morphed into offering interior designers the opportunity to an all curated collection. We are representing Studio E wallpaper, which is the most stunning hand made Venetian plaster in patterns on paper. I use them in each of my projects. I designed the showroom to represent their collection on the walls. From there I got a hold of one of my favorite antique lighting dealers, Carlos de la Puente. The most stunning antique lighting coupled with one of a kind stunning pieces from Linda Horn antiques and I've included my collection of amazing accessories I've collected over the years and voila! The Jamie Herzlinger showroom is born!
Tell me about your collection… how would you describe the aesthetic and the lifestyle needs of your clientele?
I would describe my aesthetic as being one of timeless and elegance with an edge. I designed pieces of furniture that can go into any setting. It's a very eclectic grouping as you can see by the photos. The mirrored pieces are pieces I have been producing for years. We take silver-leaf and back the mirror, these are pieces I have used in many of my projects. I think they are essential in the bedrooms I design. In fact you can see the mirrored pieces in this month's Interiors magazine.
Art and accessories are a big part of your interior design work. I always notice interesting sculptures and paintings. What pieces are you drawn to? What artist(s) do you love? What do you personally collect?
Art and accessories are a big part of my interior design work. I am drawn to abstract work. I am drawn to abstract work whether in paintings or sculpture. I personally collect a lot of interesting accessories.
Which piece from your new collection feels the most daring for you?
The most daring piece in the new collection is the Park Avenue table. I am in love with the scale and it trail blazes the idea of not having ends on a dining table. I always feel the people seated at the ends lose out on being part of the conversation. So I designed the table to have carved ends that make up a strong geometric statement, turning this table into a showstopper.
And of course… what's next on the horizon for Jamie Herzlinger?
What's next on the horizon? The expansion of Jamieshop.com. Jamieshop.com is gaining so much action, the end user is buying on Jamieshop.com from manufacturers like Worlds-Away, Bernhardt, Hickory, Grange and Arteriors at designer prices without having to hire a designer. I am also working on a sister company to Jamieshop.com so stay tuned!