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Interior designer and tastemaker, Paloma Contreras takes you further into the beloved "The Style Files" column from her blog, La Dolce Vita, for thoughtful, engaging conversations with creative entrepreneurs. Delve into the journeys of design luminaries and design industry trailblazers through these fascinating talks.

The Style Files: Conversations with Creatives Paloma Contreras

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    • 4.8 • 197 Ratings

Interior designer and tastemaker, Paloma Contreras takes you further into the beloved "The Style Files" column from her blog, La Dolce Vita, for thoughtful, engaging conversations with creative entrepreneurs. Delve into the journeys of design luminaries and design industry trailblazers through these fascinating talks.

    Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen

    Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen

    Nicholas Haslam Ltd was established in 1980 by Nicky Haslam, who owned and operated the company in partnership with Paolo Moschino. Paolo bought the firm in 1995 when Nicky Haslam left to launch NH Design, and Paolo has since grown the company, which he now leads with Philip Vergeylen, into one of the most prominent and respected names in the design world.
    Though Paolo and Philip are equally passionate about design, neither of them set out to be a designer. Born and raised in Italy, Paolo studied Political Science in Florence. It was at the age of 23, after university, that he came to stay in London for a few months. He ended up running an interiors shop—and never left.
    Philip, who was born and raised in Belgium, says his parents gave him three choices of profession: doctor, banker or lawyer. However, during his first year at university, he found ten years’ worth of a design magazine in his grandmother’s library and eagerly read every issue cover to cover. (This might have been a clue to his real interests.) After studying Commercial Management Engineering in Brussels, Philip began an accomplished career in marketing in the financial-services sector which took him to far-flung spots across the globe.
    Philip eventually settled in London, met Paolo and started to help him with some interior design projects. Not long after, Philip’s passion and natural instinct for design began to influence the direction of the firm, and over the past decade, his work has been pivotal to the company’s growth. Now leading the Design Studio, he oversees numerous residential, hospitality and commercial projects around the world.
    Years ago, whilst Paolo was running the shop, he and Philip renovated and reconfigured a rambling, unconventional apartment, one that has since been photographed and published in countless top design magazines. Customers and friends would visit the apartment and then go to the shop to ask, “Won’t you please do my house?” That’s how the design business launched, expanding organically; today the firm has projects on every continent.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Josh Young

    Josh Young

    Josh Young is a Chicago-based artist, designer, and tastemaker. A graduate of Italy's renowned Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Josh's 6 years spent in Milan heavily influenced and crafted his overall artistic style. After returning to the U.S., Josh began working as a designer in the textile industry, in New York City's Flatiron District.
    Inspired by the fusion of old world elements married with bold, modern-day techniques, he has been experimenting with an avant-garde approach to classical portraits since 2009.
    Josh has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Vogue Italia, GQ Italia, Domino Magazine, MyDomaine, O, The Oprah Magazine, House Beautiful and The Maryn. His collaborations have included work with Nate Berkus Associates, Paloma Contreras, Kate Marker and large-scale commercial projects like the newly built Draper Hotel in New York City and the Bulgari Hotel in London.
    He has also collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma Home, Circa Lighting and CB2. Josh is scheduled to show at next years renowned Salone del Mobile in Milan.

    • 55 min
    Michael S Smith

    Michael S Smith

    Michael S. Smith is one of the most sought-after talents in the design industry today. With an international roster of high-profile residential, hospitality, and commercial clients, he is known for an effortless blend of all-American modernism and European classicism—always fresh, always surprising, always evolving.
    A California native, Smith studied interior architecture at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, followed by graduate work at the Victoria and Albert Museum Study Centre in London. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being continuously named to the AD100 and Elle Decor’s A-List, and he was honored by the Hispanic Society of America with his partner, James Costos, the former ambassador to Spain and Andorra; they received the organization’s 2016 Sorolla Medal in recognition of their extraordinary support of Spanish art and culture. Smith was also the 2018 recipient of the distinguished Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Field of Interior Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
    From 2008 through 2016, Smith worked with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the design of the private quarters of the White House, as well as the refurbishment of some of its State Rooms, and their focus on showcasing works by a diverse group of artists and artisans was both groundbreaking and highly acclaimed. In 2010 Smith was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and he now serves on the Design Advisory Team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
    Smith’s extensive Jasper collection of fabric, wall coverings, furniture, and accessories and his Templeton line of fabrics are available at his showrooms in L.A. and Madrid and in multiline showrooms across America. The designer has published five books with Rizzoli: Elements of Style (2007), Houses (2008), Kitchens and Baths (2011), Building Beauty (2013), and The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance (2015). His latest book, Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House, will be released this September. It documents Smith’s extraordinary collaboration with the Obamas through extensive photography, behind-the-scenes stories, and rich archival material. The book places the Obama White House within the context of the building's storied past and its evolution over the past two centuries, chronicling the process of updating the country's most symbolic residence and revealing how Smith's collaboration on the decoration, showcasing of art, and style of entertaining reflected the youthful spirit of the first family and their vision of a more progressive, inclusive American society.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Tom Scheerer

    Tom Scheerer

    Tom Scheerer began his decorating career in the mid-1980s, after graduating from Cooper Union with a degree in architecture. He formed his own firm in 1995. His work is characterized by clear and logical architectural solutions combined with beautiful, comfortable furnishings. His work is regularly featured in AD, Town & Country, House Beautiful, and Elle Décor and is named annually to the AD100 list of top interior designers. He divides his time between New York, Paris, and the Bahamas.

    • 55 min
    Nam Dang-Mitchell

    Nam Dang-Mitchell

    Long featured in the pages of Canadian shelter magazines, Nam Dang-Mitchell was named Canadian House & Home's designer of the year in 2019. The interior designer's spaces strike a delicate balance between classic and edgy, merging disparate styles into a seamlessly chic and livable whole. Dang-Mitchell often animates her neutral-toned color palettes with layers of pattern and textures that keep even formal spaces warm and lively. Her keen eye for combining furniture, accessories, and fabrics from different styles and eras is especially evident in her ability to select distinctively modern furniture and lighting pieces that are full of personality but still harmonize with an interior's overall look. Dang-Mitchell lives in Calgary, where she has recently expanded her practice to include a residential townhouse development. 

    • 49 min
    David Jimenez

    David Jimenez

    David Jimenez was born and raised in New York City, currently resides in Paris, and recently launched his own design firm David Jimenez LLC. During his career, David has played an important role in developing the visual aesthetic of Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Hallmark, Williams-Sonoma and Williams-Sonoma Home and, as a result, has influenced what constitutes style in the American home.
    His work has been featured in a variety of print media, including Architectural Digest US, AD Italy, AD Russia, House Beautiful, the New York Times and in a variety of home decor books including House Beautiful The Home Book, The Find and Living Retro. You’ll want to check out his Instagram page #davidjimenezstudio. The photos are breathtaking and he shares entertainingly written, usable advice for creating glorious rooms.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

1decorfreak ,

Smart, in-depth, great guests!

Smart, in-depth interviews with some of the greats! I appreciate Paloma’s questions and input. Sometimes there are technical issues like echos and delays but it’s smoothed over with the quality of the content. Keep up the great work!

akasten17 ,

Josh Young interview

Loved your interview with Josh Young, so interesting and loved hearing how he got started.
Great job!!

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I was first introduced to Paloma‘s design work at the 2019 Kips Bay Showhouse in New York. Walking into her stark white study and seeing how she magnificently intertwined splashes of chartreuse curtains & velvet chair cushions along with lipstick red sconce shades was one of the highlights of that show house.She has amazing design and color talent and now with her podcast, it shows how well thought of she is within the design industry to attract her top-flight guests. During this veil of COVID-19, podcasts like hers have been enjoyable and educational. It’s so awesome to hear her guests talk abut their approach to design, their background and details about their projects. The fact that she is able to lure and interview such luminaries in the design and architectural world is a gift to all of us who love our homes and want to make them more beautiful. I’ve learned so much and look forward to alerts announcing her newest interview!

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