The 15 Best Interior Designers in Philadelphia

It has been a busy year and I am excited to announce that BuildDirect has named me one of the 15 Best Interior Designers in Philadelphia. Follow the link to view the article and make sure that you vote for me in the poll at the end!!

Our website has been updated with new and wonderful projects, please take a look!
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and hope to see you in the New Year!!


The NEW Jacques Garcia Collection @BakerFurniture

Just went to a terrific presentation at the Baker Showroom in Philadelphia's Marketplace Design Center introducing the new Jacques Garcia Collection. One word - FABULOUS!

James Caughman, Senior Sales and Marketing Executive, gave a superb presentation that thoroughly explained Jacques Garcia's extensive knowledge of historical furniture, interiors and decorative objects. This knowledge, as Caughman illustrated through his visual presentation, directly influenced many of the new designs. Tinges of exotic cultures and high fashion also served as inspiration for Garcia's pieces. All of the pieces are hand crafted in the US using artisan techniques at the Baker factory in North Carolina.

Dining with Duralee / Highland Court

I recently attended a wonderful small dinner meeting at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge for a few of Philadelphia’s design professionals, brought together by Robin Gordon, Duralee Vice President of Marketing & Advertising.

Restaurant Interior Architecture - Next French Laundry or Original Saison?

I found a great story on Remodelista about a hot restaurant in San Francisco called Saison (Michelin 2 Star restaurant). Its genesis was in 2006 as a pop-up restaurant (open only one day/week with a $60 prix fixe menu) launched by Chef Joshua Skenes and sommelier Mark Bright in the Mission District. Saison has evolved into one of the premiere dining destinations on the west coast.

3D Print Me a House...

Have you heard about the Dutch architect firm (Universe Architecture) who is planning on building a house using a 3D Printer?

From Dezeen, the Landscape House will be printed in sections using a giant D-Shape printer, which can produce sections of up to 6 x 9 metres using a mixture of sand and a binding agent. The house has a looping form based on a Möbius strip

Viola Interior Design Profiled in MainLine and Bucks Life Magazines

​I am very honored that my design firm, Viola Interior Design and I are profiled in the December/January editions of both the MainLine and Bucks Life Magazines, published by Black Dog Media, Ltd.

the color of the year for 2013 is....

​Pantone, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore announce their 2013 Colors of the Year

AD Interieurs 2012, Voyages Imaginaires (Imaginary Travels) - Paris

Talk about serendipity. I was walking down Champs-Élysées during my recent trip to Paris and stumbled upon a beautiful 19th century Beaux Arts building at the small circle near Avenue Montaigne.

What used to be Hôtel Marcel Dassault, is now the headquarters of Artcurial, an auction house (like Sotheby's and Christie's) that specializes in modern and contemporary art, vintage photographs, antique books and posters, and sculpture. Artcurial also presents special exhibits periodically and during 8 - 21 September, AD Interieurs 2012 (Architectural Digest, France) took place. This was the third edition hosted by Artcurial, with the support of Louis Vuitton, and the theme was "voyages imaginaires" (Imaginary Travels).

Within two floors of this building, thirteen contemporary designers were given carte blanche to design rooms; the results were dramatic and edgy, similar to Haute Couture fashion shows except for interior architecture and design.

I love the graphic nature, materiality and high contrast of Joseph Dirand's Maharajah bathroom for Louis Vuitton:

Joseph Dirand's Maharajah baths for Louis Vuitton

To see more, check out this link from Vogue Paris:

Passing of Pedro Rodriguez, FASID

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I was very sad to hear about the passing of Pedro Rodriguez. Pedro was one of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Pennsylvania East Chapter's early leaders. I met him at St Matthias Church about six years ago and we made an immediate connection due to our design backgrounds. We recently worked together designing the hall for a Church function. He was passionate about design, loved his profession and socialized its relevance. Pedro was a kind spirit and will be missed by many.

ASID PA East Awards Ceremony 2012

mercer museum

mercer museum

ASID is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers and I have been affiliated with them for a number of years now. This year I was nominated and won the 2012 Educator Award, "for dedication to providing knowledge and education to assist in the success of our profession" given to the design professional who assisted in the promotion and education of the chapter's membership, industry and society. I was so thrilled to be nominated and am so honored to have won.

If you have never been to the Mercer Museum, you have missed one of the Delaware Valley's jewels. After a tour of the museum, the guest speaker, Daniela Holt Voith, AIA, IIDA, LEED* gave a brief presentation on the 13,000 sq ft addition that her firm, Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP designed and was completed in 2011. Although the addition is not LEED certified, there are many aspects of this new wing that are extremely eco-friendly including a roof planted with vegetation, radiant heat concrete flooring slabs, water-saving bathroom fixtures and energy-efficient windows.