Fact: Interior designer Rita Konig should be on your radar or at least your Pinterest board. Alongside her design work for both individuals and brands, her decorating workshops – which are open to anyone – always sell out, and her writing can be read in House & Garden, the New York Times and Vogue.
Here’s six other reasons to love her:
1. She’s not just an interior designer. In fact, she’s an incredibly prolific journalist too. She started with a domestic tips column in Vogue, then had a column in the Telegraph and wrote a book in 2002, Domestic Bliss. These days, she’s European Editor of the New York Times’ T magazine and a columnist for House & Garden. Sidenote: the home on the cover of H&G’s March cover? That’s Rita’s.
2. Her client list is so who’s who of fashion and media, it’s silly. Recent projects include designing a house in San Francisco with architect Gil Schafer for Stella & Dot co-founder Blythe Harris, and creating the interiors for Deborah Needleman and Jacob Weisberg’s place in Upstate New York. Meanwhile she’s working with Matches founders Tom and Ruth Chapman to update their London family home and decorating a new private members’ club in West Hollywood.
3. Ever been to Pret A Manger’s US flagship in Union Square, New York? Rita designed that (and put together the look for all its other stores in America too).
4. She can tell you exactly where to find the best stores everywhere in America thanks to her former role at Conde Nast’s Domino magazine. The job description? Shop the entire continent. Her favourite indie in the whole world is Bell’Ochio in San Francisco.
Her place in Manhattan is so renowned for its coolness, it was featured on The Selby.
6. Her first decorating job – which she worked on with architect and Channel 4 presenter George Clarke – was a disaster. She says: “My mother (legendary interior designer Nina Campbell) gave me the worst piece of advice – don’t use our really good and expensive builders, try out some new cheaper ones. Everything went wrong.” It’s something of an understatement to say, these days, everything goes right.
For more information on Rita’s interior design workshop and to shop her online homeware store visit http://ritakonig.com/
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