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With clients in countries all over the world, including Japan and Saudi Arabia, New York-based Laura Bohn, of interior design consulting ﬁrm Laura Bohn Design Associates, aims to create comfortable atmospheres in all of her projects using a well-edited approach. Often placing unexpected colors and shapes together to give rooms depth and richness, she’s all about encouraging her clients to take a chance and expand their vision. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City, Bohn has long played an active role in the design community. In addition to being a
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cofounder of The Designers Collaborative, a support group for designers, she is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Decorators Club, serves as a visiting critic at local design schools and has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1998, Bohn has also received two Roscoe awards for her fabric and wallpaper designs, and her work has been featured on CNN, A&E and HGTV, as well as in numerous books and magazines.
If someone had asked you when you were a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” you would have answered… As a child I would have answered that I wanted to be a model because I did that for 11 years of my life. I was a runway model. But as soon as I realized there was a profession called design—interior design as opposed to decoration—that’s all I wanted to do, so I went back to school when I was 32. What learning experience has had the most impact on you? Getting a degree from Pratt and then working for John Saladino, which was one of my first jobs. I got hired as a senior designer there when I had very little experience and that made a huge impact on me. What’s the biggest misconception about what you do? That it’s not necessary. What is your favorite color? Green! Anybody who knows me knows it’s green. Chartreuse green is my most favorite color. Actually, all shades of green except forest and ivy, but mostly chartreuse. What is the most intriguing aspect of your job? Problem solving. What do you hate about it? Clients with limited vision—those who are unwilling to take a chance or can’t see it. You do something really wonderful and they don’t understand it. Who do you consider to be the most inspirational architects? Luis Barragán and Steven Holl.
What do you like to do in your spare time when not designing? Well, I’m almost always designing one thing or another, but I’m a really passionate gardener and I’m very passionate about my animals. I have dogs and cats and we rescue racehorses. Outdoors I have five cats, but I have one cat that I take back and forth from the city to my farm in the country along with two dogs. I also have four racehorses and three little miniature horses that are only 29 in. high. I’ve had them for 10 or 15 years...they’re adorable. And then I have about ﬁve or six goats. Do you derive any ideas from nature or other disciplines? Music? Theater? Literature? A lot from gardening. I’m really inspired by gardens that are restrained and that have a real strong sense of design and not so many different plants. I use a lot of chartreuse plants, for instance, and I don’t do very many ﬂowers—mostly leaves and patterns, which is the same thing I do in my interiors. What are some of the proudest experiences in your career? Do you have any regrets? I don’t have any regrets, but I would say being in the Hall of Fame is my proudest experience. What’s the one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime that you haven’t yet? To have a real dream client. I haven’t had one that was really open. I’ve had some great clients, but not one who was just really willing to take a lot of risk. s —Sallie Moffat
To find out more, including Laura’s favorite product and her pet peeves, visit www.kbbonline.com/bohn.
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