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By Michael Adams
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HAND IN HAND
A Connecticut couple offers total design

Though they have been a seamless design
pair for more than 20 years, Robert Bristow
and Pilar Proffitt boast backgrounds that
hardly suggest compatibility. A Richmond,
Virginia, native, Bristow has a degree in
English from the University of Virginia, and
a family not prone to creative endeavors.
Proffitt was born in Puerto Rico and raised
in New York. Her father-"a huge influence
on me," she says-was an architect and
designer who worked with Buckminster
Fuller and Raymond Loewy.
Both paths led them to Virginia Tech
to study architecture, and it was there they
fell in love, married, and discovered the
yin-yang of their aesthetic sensibilities.
Their first collaboration was in 1995 while
Proffitt was still at Virginia Tech (Bristow
had graduated earlier), when she was asked
to design a friend's Manhattan bed and bath
store. "I suggested that Rob come in to the
project to help fabricate pieces for the shop.
It turned out to be a huge success."
They turned to other projects suited to
their partnership-eventually making it
official as Poesis Design in 1999-including
restaurants, caf├ęs, Hotel Ralph Pucci in
Washington, DC (which features a different

1. Bristow and Proffitt
launched Lakeville,
Connecticut-based
Poesis Design in 1999.

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2. The Zeta table, the
Mint console table, and
the House of Cards
table mark the duo's
signature style of mixing
materials.
3. The black and white
dining room at the No.
9 Restaurant & Inn in
Millerton, New York,
contrasts with the soft
textures and colors
in the adjacent parlor
room.

designer for each floor), and the soon-toopen Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.
"I describe our business as creating the
envelope and everything in it," says Proffitt,
an interior designer, who likes "the soft
things"-fabrics, colors, pillows. As for
Bristow, he turned an early aptitude for
woodworking-"I was good in shop class"-
into a high-end line of furniture for both
residential and hospitality. The collections
are mostly of furniture such as tables,
beds, and sofas done in oak, walnut, teak,
mahogany, pine, and reclaimed wood, as
well as steel and bronze.
The couple lives in Lakeville,
Connecticut in a farmhouse they built; a
nearby barn serves as both a studio and
showroom. Besides bespoke furniture for

their projects, Bristow uses his art as a
problem solver. For instance, the Quirk is
housed in a circa-1916 landmark building
originally constructed as a department store.
"In 25 rooms," says Bristow, "the windows
are set very high. Pilar suggested a solution,
so I created a set of steps up to the window
seats to allow guests access to the windows."
"I think of design as a beautiful dance,"
says Proffitt, "and I love to orchestrate."
Their forays into hospitality are gratifying,
they say, because they have the opportunity
to give someone a moment when they're the
happiest they've ever been. Says Proffitt:
"You're in a world of possibilities." hd
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Hospitality Design - August 2015
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Sketchbook
Trends 3d Printing
Interview Helen Jorgensen
5 Questions for Karim Rashid
Profile Kelly Hoppen
Profile Poesis Design
Profile 13&9
Profile Maria Cornejo
Profile Design by Them
Profile Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Profile Emerging Designers
Trends Collaborations
Trends Spanish Influence
Textiles
Bath
Carpet
Special Feature Custom Solutions
Airland Hotel
Press Hotel
Hotel Henriette
Newport Marriott
Industry Kitchen
Ad Index
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Trends 3d Printing
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Interview Helen Jorgensen
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - 55
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - 5 Questions for Karim Rashid
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Kelly Hoppen
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Poesis Design
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile 13&9
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - 68
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Maria Cornejo
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - 70
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Design by Them
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - 72
Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Profile Emerging Designers
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Trends Collaborations
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Trends Spanish Influence
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Special Feature Custom Solutions
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Airland Hotel
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Press Hotel
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Hotel Henriette
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Newport Marriott
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Hospitality Design - August 2015 - Industry Kitchen
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