Ask any first-year design student to name the world’s first interior designers and they’re liable to rattle off Dorothy Draper, Elsie deWolfe, and Sister Parish. While these designers were the undeniable headliners of early 20th century design, there’s one oft-forgotten name that predates them all: Maison Jansen.
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Here at DECASO we’ve vetted a group of the most talented and boundary-pushing makers and artists to create a delightful assortment of made-to-order finds. From custom finishes applied to iconic silhouettes to the wildly imaginative and perfectly functional–you’re sure to find something to suit and satisfy the most discerning eye. Here, meet six of our bespoke designers who are ready to dream up something one-of-a-kind just for you.
For New York designer Sara Story, good design knows no bounds. The recipient of a dynamic upbringing that spanned several countries and embraced art in all of its forms, Story was exposed to an array of global influences from an early age. After snagging an interior architecture degree at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and earning her keep at the renowned firm, Victoria Hagan, Story ventured out on her own, forming Sara Story Design in 2003. Since then, Story has collected acclaim of international clients and publications like Architectural Digest and The New York Times alike, who have fallen for her sophisticated, globally-ambiguous interiors. Thanks to her keen eye for art (Story currently serves on the Ballroom Marfa art board in Marfa, Texas), Story’s spaces are also underscored with a vivid sense of whimsicality. In conjunction with her curated collection of DECASO favorites, we asked Story to s hare some of her insider secrets, including her her standby way to use pattern, her go-to color combination, and her favorite spots to hit in NYC when for scouting new, emerging design.
Two and a half years ago, after being in business over twenty years, my partner Miguel and I undertook the renovation of one of Palm Springs most iconic buildings: design legend Arthur Elrod’s former showroom. At the time, the building was masked by overgrown topiaries and out-of-scale columns, but we were confident in our abilities to return it to its former glory and transform it into the site of our vintage and modern shop a La MOD. Curiously enough, Elrod’s showroom was a place that one of our close friends, the celebrated acrylic designer, Charles Hollis Jones, already knew well. In the 1960s Charles and Arthur Elrod had been collaborators and friends, and as fate would have it, Charles’s furniture had even been photographed in Elrod’s showroom.