Is there a palette you are particularly drawn to, and if so, why?
I love so many color combinations. I am definitely drawn to colors like raspberry, violet and turquoise. I'm working on a house now where one whole side is doors and windows. I'm using a lot of coral and peach mixed with shades of purple and hints of yellow and brass accents. There is something so refreshing and unexpected about it.
Did you decorate your childhood room?
I didn't start decorating my room until freshman year in college. We were the only dorm room on our floor with custom painted walls. From that point on every apartment I had throughout college was decorated to a T. I did however design homes for my barbies as a child. I would stand up my mom's record albums as walls and tape up fabric for the drapes. My grandmother sewed for me the most amazing little bed spreads and bolster pillows not to mention barbie clothes to die for.
What can't you live without?
Wow, how long can my answer be? I have so many.
My family, friends, chocolate, blue jeans, mid century furniture, color, living near the ocean, southern food
What has been your defining moment as a designer?
My own first house put me on the map, but I don't think I've had my defining moment yet.
Who are your mentors or influences as a designer?
How are you incorporating green design into your work?
My mentors are Gio Ponti, David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Eero Saarinen and Edward Wormley, just to name a few.
My influences are fabrics, fashion, architecture and my training and experience as a graphic designer.
I have always used a lot of vintage furniture and I think it is even more relevant now. The process of manufacturing furniture releases harmful emissions and depletes natural resources. Fortunately there is more green furniture on the market today. I just saw a bamboo table and chairs that I am dying to use. I am also working to incorporate more low VOC paints in to my work.
Angie Hranowsky Design Studio