Deborah French Designs
5 Houzz Awards
4 Houzz Badges
New York, NY, NY 10013
New York, NY, NY 10013
Typical Job Costs:
$100,000 - 1 million
Winner of Best of Houzz 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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.
Best of Houzz Award Winner 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
9 Projects for Deborah French Designs
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Solomonic Couture for The Home
I have designer's workroom in Chelsea and we done a few projects for Deborah French clients. It is a great pleasure to work for Deborah. She is a very creative, professional and very sensitive to the interplay between colors, space and shapes. Not only she’s extremely knowledgeable designer but also a kind and honest person. I highly recommend working and doing business with her and her team.
January 14, 2019
I have worked with Deborah French on multiple projects both domestic and international . I can personally say that it has been a pleasure working with Deborah. Deborah is a skilled professional in the design world with a vast knowledge of the business both in resourcing and in executing with great detail. What i have observed with Deborah is that her projects are completed on time and on budget and with a great understanding of the ultimate goal. Having lived both in the US and aboard Deborah has a much more global view when it comes to design and i know our clients were more than thrilled with Deborah's eye. I would highly recommend Deborah for any interior design job.
December 16, 2016
Deborah has impeccable taste and is careful to work within a client's budget range. She has developed deep contacts throughout the years, which enable her to draw upon endless sources for her ideas. In our project, she designed several stunning tables and couches, which were then custom built for us. Deborah is able to draw upon her own travels and experiences to create a very sophisticated, yet comfortable look. Our project has been ongoing for the last two years (as we have lived overseas part of this time) and Deborah has had to work under some difficult conditions. She has continued to deliver a very high quality of service throughout this time, with great follow up, and I would recommend her without reservation.
November 21, 2016
I was introduced to Deborah through one of her former colleagues at Ralph Lauren and have worked on quite a few of her projects doing custom window treatments, upholstery, and furniture. Deborah is a real pleasure to work with both personally and aesthetically and I always see her clients are also always very pleased with her and her work. I highly recommend her.
November 15, 2016
Deborah took care of our NY apartment and we could not have been happier. She understood what we wanted, the budget we had and was very professional and efficient every step of the way. I am very hands on and proactive and she knew how to advise and support my choices.
November 12, 2016
It was an absolute pleasure working with Deborah French. She has an intuitive sense of style, color, texture and flow. She was on time for our meetings, prepared and had excellent design suggestions. She was mindful of our budget and kept within it. We loved working with her. We look forward to working with Deborah French again on another larger project.
September 26, 2016
Deborah French has it all--exquisite taste, full command of color and texture, decades of experience, superior organizational skills, and an amazing design assistant, Christine. She also happens to be an exceptionally kind and patient person, which is so essential when you are undergoing a major home renovation. She will spend a considerable amount of time understanding what you want, is respectful of budgetary considerations, and is readily accessible by phone and email. My husband and I are so pleased with the renovation and design of our duplex apartment from the paint, to the lighting, to the furnishings. I give her my highest recommendation. You would be smart to hire her. She is truly an amazing find.
October 9, 2015Last modified:October 9, 2015
Deborah was patient with me. I have trouble making decisions...until I really love something. And I don't have one particular style that I want everything to conform to. I didn't want things to matchy-matchy and designer-y. In other words, I am a tough customer She worked hard to figure out what I would love. And I do love everything she did. She's also fun to hang out with through designer showrooms..a total pleasure. I would use her again and again.And she has fantastic taste, and knows where to find things from exactly which showrooms to small shops in town and online.
April 22, 2015
Perry D Smith Designs
A colleague who has worked with DF in the past
Deborah French is an expert designer with a unique vision from vast global experience. Her creativity and knowledge of decorative arts has given Deborah the ability to ascertain the client's expectations while providing a strong, fresh point of view. She is able to mix clients' existing pieces, new items and antiques seamlessly invoking an inviting, well rounded environment. It has been a pleasure to know and work with Deborah for over 10 years.
January 6, 2015Last modified:January 13, 2015
I am a professional artist and hired Deborah to create a living space that would speak to my own aesthetic. She has a marvelous sense of color and immediately established a palette for the room. Deborah has a remarkable ability to integrate texture and pattern as well as a sculptor's sensibility of space and proportion. There is a beauty and utility in everything she chooses. Now I have a living space that I love to be in and really feels like home. Deborah gave me something I could not get from other designers.
December 8, 2014
Deborah has a wonderful sense of style and color. She was able to source interesting and attractive country antiques and integrate them with our existing furniture in a way that transformed a decade of poor choices into a casual elegant home that reflects the way we live. Deborah is diligent and budget conscious. She is also very patient and understanding because we often change our minds and we are never really sure about we like or what we want.
November 25, 2014
I have had the pleasure to know Deborah French both personally and professionally for very many years. Deborah is extraordinarily talented and easy going. She brings a remarkably refined eye to every project and is able to give each client something completely unique. An artist to the core, her design work never looks decorated. Instead, it is carefully and subtly curated. She cares deeply about the work she does and gives from her soul.
October 30, 2014
Commented: hello, I was wondering where this very stunning g wallpaper came fromHi, The wall covering is: Mokum “La Palma Wallpaper” #12587-321 which I ordered through Holly Hunt. I'm glad you like it!
November 16, 2020
Commented: Details pleaseHi! I don't have records anymore on that wall color and the rug was one that the client already had. I'm sorry I wasn't able to give you specific answers. All the best, Deborah
October 1, 2018
Commented: Floor PillowsHi! The floor cushions are 22" x 22" x 5.5" and the sofa pillows are 20" x 20". Sounds fun!
January 14, 2018