MANHATTAN-BASED INTERIOR DESIGNGER DAUN CURRY
earned her AAS in interior design at Parsons in 2004. Recently cited by Vogue magazine as an interiors talent to watch, Daun's practice combines residential and commercial interiors, including projects such as a grand co-op in Manhattan and more casual homes in the Hamptons, fashion showrooms, and a set of 21 suites and villas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Whereas Daun's interiors display a consistent theme of very high-end furnishings and elegant, often custom, finishes, her approach varies from project to project. For a residential interior, she learns all she can about her clients—their history and interests, but also how they're dressed, how they accessorize, and even taking a look in their closets to get a better sense of who they are. A hotel room, however, may not actually make sense as a residence in "real life." It should instead be a memorable space that offers a respite from the guests' normal existence, whether they stay for just one night or an extended period.
The headquarters of a creative company, such as Stella & Dot (shown below), offers a different challenge. The designer is presented with the brand and its identity, and the project is to incorporate this reality into the space, developing a creative and inspiring environment for the design and marketing teams.
Daun and her work have been featured in Elle Decor, Luxe, Vogue Casa, The New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal , The New York TImes, and the Andrew Martin Design Review. Daun lives in Manhattan with her husband Bryan, daughter Lyla and family dog Charlie.
All photos by Emily Gilbert.
This design/build project is a 25,000 square foot vacation home for a family of six. The concept was to create a retreat that feels like a hip and modern boutique hotel.
Stella & Dot
Stella & Dot creates and produces highly designed fashion accessories that are sold through a unique network of thousands of Stylists. The space must be functional, but also express the essence of the brand for a global design team.
995 Fifth Avenue, formerly the storied Stanhope Hotel, is directly across Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan Museum. The parents of this family of four are a political fundraising consultant and a real estate investor, and it was important that their home reflect their young, fun and vibrant family