Inside Out: Talking Interior Design with Fawn Galli
On Le Souk, we like to take designers on virtual sourcing trips. What has been your most memorable real-life sourcing trip?
I look for wonderful textiles wherever I go, from the puces in France and the flea markets of Los Angeles to Laos for handwoven silks.
How and why did you get into the design Industry? Where did you study, etc.?
My first professional project was for the architect Robert A.M. Stern, his New Haven loft when he was dean of the Yale School of Architecture. I’m mostly self-taught, but studied European furniture at Christie’s auction house and have lived in both Paris and Barcelona. I also worked for decorator Peter Marino when I first started out.
Describe your design style in 3 words.
Soulful, bohemian-glam, mysterious.
How would you say your work is distinguished from other designers on the market?
Every designer has their own unique style. But working with me involves going on a journey of discovery! I like to push the envelope with clients and my projects always include something unexpected and a mix of high and low.
What does your home say about you?
That I’m soulful, youthful and like to have an element of the surreal in my projects. I live in a brownstone in Brooklyn with my husband and two boys. Brownstones typically don’t get a lot of natural light so I used light-reflecting fabrics and wallpaper – metallic panels--to add brightness to a long parlor floor. A life-size resin deer is next to the fireplace – it adds an unexpected element. Lighting is very important to me and I give it a lot of attention in my decorating projects.
What and/or who are some of your design inspirations?
Nature – I spent part of my childhood living in a teepee among the redwood forest in Mendocino, California; and, Le Corbusier’s apartment for Charles de Beistegui in Paris for its surreal qualities.