Deborah French Designs


Services Provided
Interior Design, Interior Architecture

Areas Served
Residential, commercial, hospitality

Business Description
Winner of Best of Houzz 2013, Deborah French is a multi-faceted designer and artist whose interior design firm, Deborah French Design 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.

Deborah received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Illinois. She completed her final year of graduate work at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Certification and Awards
Best of Houzz Award Winner 2013
Manhattan Interior Designer
Best of Houzz 2014
Contact:
Deborah French 
Type:
 
Address
Tribeca,
New York, NY, New York,
United States, 10013 
Deborah French Designs bookmarked an ideabook

7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Entry Hall

Take your entry from scuffed up to spiffed up, restoring total cleanliness and order in just a week Full Story
     Comment   on Tuesday
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
gracey999
I always have too many pairs of shoes/boots/sneakers in the hallway. I have no place else to put them. Everyone just takes them off and leaves them where they land.... so messy. There is only a very narrow hallway (about 3 feet maybe) so there isn't room for a storage unit and the front closet is packed with winter coats and tool stuff at the bottom and top of the it. I have no answers for decluttering except to have my basement and attic refinished. But these are very nice pics and ideas for others. :)
on Tuesday at 7:15am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
amcgaw
We love the wall color. What color is it?
Yesterday at 6:57am   
Sign Up to comment
Deborah French Designs bookmarked an ideabook

What to Know Before Buying Bar Stools

Learn about bar stool types, heights and the one key feature that will make your life a whole lot easier Full Story
     Comment   on Tuesday
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
VERMONT WOODS STUDIOS
@Mayang Klyncu, not sure what your price range is... but you can definitely find a sturdy hardwood barstool. Most of what you find at box stores or big places at IKEA might fall apart in a few years, but quality pieces should be fine with care. May I suggest this mission style chair? http://vermontwoodsstudios.com/categories/solid-wood-barstools
12 hours ago   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
B Cohen
We love our leather counter stool for the new peninsula between the kitchen & dining room. We chose the color & leather as an accent to the dark granite & cabinet but also to transition from a kitchen look to the dining room. Comfy & practical for our grandchildren and adult guests.
10 hours ago   
Sign Up to comment
Deborah French Designs added 1 product to ideabook: LR Sofa - transition
   Comment   on Monday
Deborah French Designs bookmarked an ideabook

Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, dimensions and work zones Full Story
     Comment   April 7, 2014
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
divinemrsm
Honestly, I think it's just semantics...an attempt to transition one phrase into the other. After reading the houzz article describing 'work zones', it could just as easily describe my 'work triangle' kitchen. I Dishwasher & trash next to sink, check. Landing areas next to major appliances: check. Large island to keep guests a bay: check.....

I live in a small town filled with older homes. I know few people who upgrade their kitchens to look like the glam-fabulous photos here on houzz. Most people I know don't ever get around to kitchen remodeling and just make do with the old.

Another thing: I read that kitchens have come a long way because all the architects used to be all men and they seldom spent time in a kitchen, therefore kitchens weren't 'user friendly'. Once women came on to the scene, their input helped kitchens evolve into rooms that function well and are family gathering places.
on Monday at 9:32am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Studio Z Architecture
I don't have time to read all the other comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but I think it's a good idea to have the sink and the cooktop/range on the same run of cabinets, so that they are not separated by a walkway. This makes prep and cleanup easier and safer, since no one can walk between the chef and the sink while the chef is trying to drain pasta.
on Tuesday at 12:17pm     
Sign Up to comment
Deborah French Designs bookmarked an ideabook

12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
     Comment   March 31, 2014
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
viviennesault
Does it really matter what rules are broken, if the owner feels comfortable with it then fine. Decorating rules are not written in stone.
1 hour ago   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
kroze
IMO, rules are for those who lack confidence in their own judgement and tastes. Rules are their training wheels. : )
1 hour ago   
Sign Up to comment
Deborah French Designs bookmarked an ideabook

What to Shop for in Cabinet Hardware and Millwork

Learn about finishing touches for kitchen and bath cabinets to pick the options that will work best for you Full Story
     Comment   March 31, 2014
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
santoslhauper
Jim Hederman - Cabinets can be installed either way. I've always done it the way you have. Test fit and level toe kicks, then put in the floor, then trim and re-install toe kicks.
It seems to me flooring is replaced more often than cabinets. And you aren't paying for square footage of flooring you'll never see. Flooring that you have to put holes through to mount the base cabinets. It does inhibit changing the shape of the kitchen if remodeling though, because then you have to replace the floor.
April 2, 2014 at 7:08am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
colleenlantzy
Good article for preparing ideas for my new kitchen
April 2, 2014 at 6:17pm   
Sign Up to comment
Deborah French Designs commented on a discussion
   Comment   March 31, 2014
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Deborah French Designs
Hi, I found that at an antique show in New York City many years ago. The angel is Gabrielle. I was told it's a shutter from a 17th century European church, though I have no proof and just believed the dealer back then. It's definitely quite old and I adore it.
March 31, 2014 at 12:30pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
danjou
What a great find!
March 31, 2014 at 12:31pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Deborah French Designs
I think it was about $3000 when I got it, 20 +/- years ago.
March 31, 2014 at 12:32pm   
Sign Up to comment
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Frederic
We have very tall vaulted ceilings and I think the tv looks fine above the fire place.
last Thursday at 7:30pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
LB Interiors
Wherever the best viewing is without neck strain.
last Thursday at 7:35pm   
Sign Up to comment
Deborah French Designs added 8 photos to ideabook: inspirations
   Comment   March 24, 2014
Deborah French Designs is following Rhode Island School of Design
March 20, 2014
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
schmooopie
GREAT nick alwzrt!!! Took me all day but I finally figured it out... you must know my mother...
March 30, 2014 at 4:36pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
schmooopie
AND my daughter!
March 30, 2014 at 4:37pm   
Sign Up to comment

Sign in to see 7 reviews

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...
Sign in to see more

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...
Sign in to see more

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...
Sign in to see more

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 ...
Sign in to see more

Review by Robin Rice Gallery:

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....
Sign in to see more
See more reviews

Reviews by Deborah French (2)

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...
Sign in to see more

Review for Robin Rice Gallery:

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...
Sign in to see more
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™