Deborah French Designs


Services Provided
Interior Design, Interior Architecture

Areas Served
Residential, commercial, hospitality

Business Description
Winner of Best of Houzz 2013 and 2014, Deborah French is a multi-faceted designer and artist whose interior design firm, Deborah French Designs focuses on high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

For over six years, Deborah French was Director of Store Development at Polo Ralph Lauren. She was responsible for the design and implementation of many of their most important international and domestic freestanding retail stores, including the Omotosando shop in Tokyo, their largest in the world. From there, Deborah was recruited by the Ian Schrager Company to be the Executive Vice President of Interior Design for their venture with the J.W. Marriott, the Edition brand f boutique hotels. During this time, she also worked on two of Ian Schrager’s personal residences. Prior to these positions Deborah was Senior Designer at Dineen Nealy Architects, specializing in residential and hospitality properties. Over the course of her career she has designed lofts, townhouses, high-end residences and country homes both domestically and globally.

Trained as a sculptor, Deborah began her professions when she was intuitively designed the interior architecture of her Tribeca loft. Shortly after, she designed the architecture interiors for an extensive stone house on the island of Mykonos, Greece. The house, which blended seamlessly into its surroundings, consists of a large main house, guesthouse, chapel, pool house, pool and gardens. It has been featured in numerous international publications, including Taschen’s Seaside Interiors, Italian Elle Décor, French Marie Claire Maison and English Homes & Gardens.

Deborah’s career as a figurative sculptor attracted noted luminaries, Jim Henson (of the Muppets) and Academy Award winning set designer, Tony Walton, with whom she collaborated on numerous projects for major movies, television and theater. Her work also caught the eye Alexander Lieberman, a renowned artist and Editorial Director for Conde Nast Publications worldwide. Recognizing her artistic talent, as well as her natural passion and instinct for fashion, Lieberman recruited her to Vogue, where she worked alongside fashion icon, Polly Mellen, considered the most important fashion editor of her time. Almost immediately, Deborah became a Sittings Editor, responsible for styling and art directing their editorial pages.

Certification and Awards
Best of Houzz Award Winner 2013 and 2014
Manhattan Interior Designer
Best of Houzz 2014
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Deborah French Designs bookmarked an ideabook

Know Your Sofa Options: Arms, Cushions, Backs and Bases

Get your sock arm straight from your track arm — along with everything else — to choose the sofa that’s right for you Full Story
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leftymom
Beyond "looks" of a sofa, construction is very important. I don't know if they are still made or not, but eight-way-hand-tied coils in the seat wear very well & are usually in the better made sofas. Sinuous coil is another type. I forget how the cheaper brands are constructed, but stay away from them! You get what you pay for, and if this is a sofa you will use frequently you want it to last!
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donaflor
Oh how I needed this article about four months ago! Buying a new sofa was agonizing for me! Firm, but not too firm. Slipcovers, but not white slipcovers, but not dark slipcovers. Soft arms. Back cushions that could be removed but were attached... I could go on. Oh, and did mention I live 'way out in rural Tennessee, so running out to the nearest fabulous furniture showroom wasn't an option?
I found one online that fit my many Goldilocks-ian criteria, and it was perfect, but it was weeks of obsessive searching. It was easier buying my car!
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Small Space Living: How to Tuck a Dining Area into a Tiny Space

Regardless of the space you have, clever design tricks mean you can squeeze in a dining area that will do you proud. Pull up a chair… Full Story
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Luciana
Hannah, we bought that exact table (but in wenge) in January this year, after a disastrous Christmas when we forced our (some elderly) relatives to eat buffet-style, as we didn't have a dining table (had given up on it in this new house because the lack of use in the former one).

As we didn't want a permanent dining table, a foldaway seemed like a good idea to get for those times when we might need it. Also, we bought those bar stools specifically because they can be lowered to a typical dining chair height so we can use them with the table.

Anyway, I looked at Wharfside site, but you didn't have this model in stock then, so we bought it from Barker & Stonehouse http://www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/Dining-Room/Tables/Oslo-SM101-MultiFunction-Table/sizes-1830-65263/
(you can see a corner of it below in our messy kitchen in this older pic- I'm just too lazy to go downstairs and tidy up and take a better photo....)
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Vivienne Sung
This is such a useful ideabook! Living in London we all suffer from less space than we would like and every single one of these ideas makes the most of the space whilst still being beautiful!
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Decorating: Transform Your Living Space into a Moroccan Paradise

Bring a pinch of kasbah cool and some North African notes to your home with exotic details and rich colours, straight from the souk Full Story
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Amar Patel
Moroccan mosaic tiles are a real winner, especially in the kitchen. Run this around the room above the work surfaces – including splashback.
July 14, 2014 at 5:33am   
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Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors

Concrete comes in more colors and finishes than ever before. See if these 6 floors open your eyes to the possibilities Full Story
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Hi Broquet, also one of the advantages of our product; very easy to clean, non slippery even not in the shower
July 11, 2014 at 1:09pm   
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invitedink
We have radiant heated concrete floors with 2 dogs and a cat in California. We have now lived here over a year, with a string of really hot and really cold days. My Gpa has threatened to move into our place (they live in the big house on the property, we live in 480sq feet, but after days of 100 degree weather, it topped out at 72 inside with just a fan on). The only draw back I find is that I tend to wear my 'house slippers' because it can be cold (I don't like to waste electricity, our floor is set at 62 degrees) and hard in the winter, but I have not once regretted the decision that I made on the floors.
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How to Pick Out a Coffee Table

Assure a great fit for your room and your lifestyle by considering a coffee table’s size, features and aesthetics Full Story
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snydermk
Great points and examples about how to select this piece. When you're thinking about what you need your coffee table to do for you, if you can't decide between a hard surface or a cushion surface, consider this new combination design: http://tablemanfurniture.com/

It's a coffee table AND ottoman. The cushion side can be used for seating, too. Different styles are available.
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Snydermk, I'm really excited about the Tableman Flip-Top Table. I'm going to try to find this. Thanks for sharing. :)
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Yeah, it's great! I searched forever to find just the right fabric for this chair. It's by Carleton V and it's called " Zarafshan", color: "Wrought Iron". I purchased it directly from Carleton V, and the net cost was $149/yd.
July 8, 2014 at 5:19pm   
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Love rug
July 8, 2014 at 3:40pm     
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the wall paint is gerat, does it has a RAW code?
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July 2, 2014 at 6:21am   
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It's Ralph Lauren's "Tudric Pewter" #TH02. I don't know if there's a RAW code but I've had it mixed with Benjamin Moore paint. The stores can look up the formula.
July 2, 2014 at 7:13pm   
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Review by ihth:

Deborah's first project for me was my teenage daughter's bedroom many years ago. She was incredibly easy for my daughter to talk to about ideas and came up wi...
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Review by amy484:

Deborah is currently working with me on designing my brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I am thrilled with everything we have worked on together and excited a...
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Review by hombredeplato:

Working with Deborah French has been eye-opening. I was first drawn to her work as it conveys such a unique design sense which makes each of her places feel rea...
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Review by Isabella Ginanneschi:

I am a photographer and an art director that has known and worked with Deborah French for a long time. I have been fortunate to stay in the tasteful homes that ...
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The Robin Rice Gallery has been working with Deborah French for quite some time. When we first met her she was designing interiors for The Ralph Lauren Company....
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Review for Isabella Ginanneschi:

I have known Isabella Ginanneschi both personally and professionally for many years. She is a extremely talented photographer and a true professional. Her eye a...
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I have worked with the Robin Rice Gallery for many years now. I first was introduced to it when I was working for Ralph Lauren, designing their stores. Robin Ri...
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