Meet The Buzzworthy NY Design Pros Sharing What Defines Their Style


From reflecting their client’s personality to always trying something new to including even just one tassel, LUXE Next In Design 99 honorees and New York-based designers Delia Kenza, Gregory Rockwell and Michelle Ficker and Peter Dolkas tell us what inspires them, what shapes their designs and what no good home can do without.

Delia Kenza Shapes Authentic Homes + Spaces


Portrait of Delia Kenza

With her namesake firm, Delia Kenza shapes “authentic homes that are a joy to live in.” The LUXE Next In Design 99 talent gives us an insight into her studio’s approach.

Describe your style. Our firm’s aesthetic is warm modern. We want to create spaces that showcase the culture and heritage of our clients.

What defines your designs? Learning about people is our approach. I’m excited about finding items that speak to who they are and how they live.

Your go-to pattern: Anything graphic. We are suckers for high-contrast patterns and shapes!

A design element that can’t be skipped: Some form of art. Whether it’s painting, sculpture or pottery, art gives a home life.

Gregory Rockwell Has An Eclectic Approach To Design


Portrait of Gregory Rockwell

For LUXE Next In Design 99 honoree Gregory Rockwell, an eclectic approach is key to creating “spaces that are comfortable and stylish while reflecting people’s personal styles.” Here, he tells Luxe about his vision.

Designing interiors means… Taking our clients’ initial input and weaving together various references to shape a unique world.

What motivates you? The opportunity to try something new.

If you could have dinner with any living designer, it would be: Kathryn M. Ireland, because she seems like loads of fun, or Christian Louboutin at his hotel compound full of auction finds in Portugal.

No project is complete without: Dim lighting and a cocktail shaker.

Studio Dorion Balances Vintage With Elegant Modernity


Portrait of Michelle Ficker and Peter Dolkas of Studio Dorion

Studio Dorion principals Michelle Ficker and Peter Dolkas aim to “balance classicism with elegant modernity.” The LUXE Next In Design 99 creatives share how they achieve this goal.

Describe your ethos. We’re not trying to orchestrate shocked reactions. Our goal is for our clients to be happy for years and years, so we strive for design that is evergreen rather than of-the-moment.

What’s exciting you in design today? We’re excited to support “slow” manufacturing from local makers with high levels of craftsmanship.

Your dream design collab: A line of fabrics! We keep a collection of discontinued samples and vintage scraps for inspiration.

Design rule to live by: Measure twice, cut once.

Every home needs… A tassel.

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