How would you say you work has changed over the years?
For the first seven years of my business, I designed by exploring my love of French Beaux Arts classicism, which I united with my love of industrial design. This combination created a new style not seen in the market before. Then, after year seven, I changed direction creatively to explore mid-century modernism. By taking inspiration from shapes and ideas from this era, but executing them in my own visual language of bronze, brass, crystal and porcelain, I have been able to again create an aesthetic that is original and fresh. The response has been phenomenal.
See more: Five minutes with iconic designer Kelly Hoppen
What has been your most challenging project so far and why?
The biggest challenge so far has been a custom chandelier for a huge gilded-age mansion on Astor Place in Chicago. I wanted to create a chandelier that spanned the entire ceiling of the formal dining room, which was huge, so the chandelier itself had to be massive. I ended up designing it as six separate chandeliers, but it looks like one continuous piece. It’s a gorgeous bronze tangle of branches, with more than 400 small bulbs.