New York designer Robin Baron doesn’t maintain any libraries. Not for fabrics, colors, plans—nothing. “It makes both me and my staff lazy,” Baron says. A successful designer designs for the client, and no two are alike. “If I could tell a prospective client what to do with a space, it would be something I had done before.” And then, of course, it wouldn’t be about the client.
Baron likens the process of working with a client to interpreting and then translating a language. She takes her clients shopping and observes how they respond to things, and it’s often on a very visceral level. For private homes, Baron wants above all for her client to feel “cocooned-in” and safe, whether the look is traditional and ornate or modern and sparse. Making a house feel like a sanctuary, she says, is a much more profound purpose than making a house beautiful.
Loathe to be defined by any one look, Baron opens herself up to inspiration in all ways and in all places; from the angle in a piece of architecture to a pocketbook to a color used in a print ad. She says she is even inspired by her clients, whose influence makes her see familiar things in new ways.
Robin Baron Design Inc.
1776 Broadway Suite 1006
New York, New York