Luxe - October 2011
LUXE - Style Makers
For interior designer Suzanne Lovell, creating exceptional, personal spaces comes down to one important thing: using your imagination. "What we're doing is orchestrating a visual experience," explains Lovell, whose eponymous Chicago- and New York-based firms oversee renovations, custom furniture design and fabrication, millwork and art sourcing. "It's not abot the rooms, it's about the individual space where you sit, feel and dream." Working in tandem with a variety artisans and craftspeople, Lovell and her team produce one-of-a-kind masterpieces, influenced not by trends and styles but by their clients' own unique personas and the history of each place. "You create a language of architecture first," says Lovell, who has worked for renowned firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill, "then you bring in architectural materials, textiles and imagery." This method, she says, is unique, and has prompted the launch of her first book, Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections, which debuts this fall. Says Lovell: "I love that I can share the process with others."