Friday 5 with Sara Duffy of Stonehill Taylor

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Principal of Stonehill Taylor’s Inside’s Division, Sara Duffy is probably greatest identified for designing the TWA Lodge at JFK Airport’s historic TWA Flight Middle. With a background in artwork historical past and tv, she’s in a position to craft a novel, immersive narrative for every of her tasks whereas specializing in considerate, basic design. Her spectacular number of tasks consists of the Nomad Lodge and Bar in New York, and its reiteration in Las Vegas, and the J.W. Marriott Nashville. Sara has labored with famend hospitality builders such because the Sydell Group, Eleven Madison Park’s Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, Marriott Worldwide, Turnberry Associates, Hyatt Lodges & Resorts and Hilton Lodges & Resorts. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Artwork Historical past and obtained her Affiliate of Utilized Science in Inside Design from the Trend Institute of Know-how. At the moment Sara joins us for Friday 5!

Photograph: Sara Duffy

1. My Childhood House
My mother nonetheless lives within the Higher West Facet residence the place I grew up. It’s a superb pre-war, high-ceilinged residence that she has rented since 1972. My mother, additionally an Inside Designer, has all the time expressed her glorious style and sense of fashion inside this area. For instance, as a child, our toilet was shiny – ceiling and all! – and now it has a comfortable white palette with authentic turn-of-the-century tiles. Though the residence’s look is ever-changing, she all the time honors its authentic particulars such because the wooden paneling, parquet flooring and superb fireplaces. It’s this marriage of extra daring design choices with a respect for an area’s authentic bones that has been so influential to my work as a designer. Plus, it didn’t harm that I used to be all the time surrounded by nice design, artwork, books and superb individuals as a child.

Photograph: Sara Duffy

2. Museum of Pure Historical past
As a younger child, my mom and I have been continually at museums – The Met, Guggenheim and Whitney – however the Museum of Pure Historical past, just a few blocks from our residence, was my favourite. It has been a continuing all through my life. As a youngster, my associates and I might pay the 10-cent entry payment and play tag or run from the guards. Now as a mother, I’ve taken my youngsters to the museum quite a few instances and even stayed in a single day with my older daughter on a Woman Scouts journey. Not solely has the museum change into like an extension of my own residence, but it surely was the primary place the place I skilled a real appreciation for structure. The “whale room” will all the time stay certainly one of my favourite locations in NYC.

Photograph: Sara Duffy

three. Barcelona
The individuals, structure and design of Barcelona will all the time be certainly one of my biggest inspirations. My husband and I lived there for a 12 months with our daughter Ella, and that’s after I fell in love with Antoni Gaudí. We lived in an exquisite residence only a few blocks from Sagrada Familia and went to see each certainly one of his buildings and parks. My daughter’s favourite place was the Parc Guell. Gaudi’s sensual varieties, curves and unprecedented concepts are really awe-inspiring. His work motivates me as a designer to suppose out of the field and never be afraid of taking dangers.

Photograph: Sara Duffy

four. Cigarette Holder
I’ve all the time cherished this 1920s cigarette holder that belonged to my Aunt Marge. It feels good in your hand and is barely curved so it could match properly into a person’s interior coat pocket. As a child, I all the time considered who designed it and the way intelligent they have been.

Photograph: Sara Duffy

5. Dutch, My Three-Legged Pitbull
I’ve a three-legged pitbull, Dutch, who I like. She spent a lot of the first 9 months of her life in a crate and is lacking a leg, and but she is so blissful and excited every single day. Strolling into the home after a protracted day and having her come operating to see me all the time makes me smile.

Work by Sara Duffy:

The NoMad Bar Photograph: Benoit Linero

TWA Lodge New York Photograph: Eric Laignel

JW Marriott Nashville Photograph: David Mitchell



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