8 BOLD INTERIOR DESIGN MOVES THAT PAID OFF BIG FOR DESIGNERS

“With great risk comes great reward.”

Thomas Jefferson obviously wasn’t pondering White House paint schemes and furniture layouts when he uttered those decisive words, but that doesn’t mean his declaration doesn’t ring true in the world of interior design. Today, the spaces drumming up industry buzz are rarely without a bold aesthetic leap. Consider for instance, Under—Europe’s recently-opened underwater restaurant submerged in the North Sea just off Lindesnes, Norway. While not all design risks have to literally defy the limits of oxygen, a risk of any magnitude can reap magnificent creative reward. We recently asked a group of boundary-pushing designers about their favorite career design risks. From 16 foot acrylic rainbows to lacquered black walls, these answers may have you itching to take a design risk of your own!

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IN PROFILE: MARTIN BRUDNIZKI

London’s legendary Annabel social club may have a strict no phones after 6 P.M. rule, but don’t be fooled—the fantastical space, designed by London’s Martin Brudnizki—begs to be buzzed about. Annabel, which opened this past March, is just one of the latest projects for Brudnizki, the Swedish-born designer who has spent the past decade transforming some of the world’s most storied hotels, clubs, and eateries into wondrous, maximalist escapes.

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IN PROFILE: SARA STORY

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.

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IN PROFILE: CALEB ANDERSON

Caleb Anderson has a way of doing everything a bit bigger. Maybe it’s his Texas upbringing—after all, everything is bigger in Texas, isn’t it?—but Anderson is always up for making a statement. For instance, take Anderson’s first foray into design. After kicking off his design career in his native Austin, Anderson made his way to New York City to take an internship with NYC design heavyweight Jamie Drake. Anderson worked his way up to a full-time role at Drake’s firm before leaving to start his own firm in 2013. Then, two years later, in a surprise twist, he announced he had a new firm with a not-so-new partner: his former boss, Jamie Drake.

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