“A space should support you. Everything you choose to surround yourself with, carries a vibration that affects you daily. Balance and harmony in your home will mirror itself in an abundant life.”
Some weeks ago I discovered the work of Andrew Galuppi. I not only love his aesthetic but two thirds of his twitter bio could be my own: “designer and free thinker, consumed by wanderlust.” Andrew Galuppi was born in Maryland and spent a good deal of his childhood in Italy. He attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a degree in Political Science and French, and the University of Nantes, France where he studied French history and literature. Moving to New York after completing his studies, Andrew began a career in fashion at Calvin Klein. In 1998 he joined Oscar de la Renta and eventually became director of PR and then moved into licensing & design. In 2004, Andrew Galuppi opened his own design company and today lives in Brooklyn. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Andrew’s answers (especially to my last questions) inspired me…
How would you describe your own style?
You have a degree in Political Science and French. How did you decide to become a designer?
I was working in fashion and I often decorated as a hobby. I was having fun and people started to actually hire me to work on their spaces. When I look back at my childhood I was constantly moving my room around driving my parents crazy.
Is there a designer that has influenced you?
David Hicks. I came across a book of his as a kid and it became a bible of sorts.
Do you have a favorite period of for furniture and interior design?
No, I like to mix all periods. I think the juxtaposition of different periods/times is exciting.
What do you enjoy most in your work?
Gaining a client’s trust and seeing people live and flourish in a finished environment.
What is your idea what the perfect home should feel like?
An extension of you. It should recharge you and make you want to come home at night.
What does success mean to you?
Surrounding yourself with people you love and enjoying every moment.
What does freedom mean to you?
The ability to travel to distant places when you want to.
How do you understand Picasso’s quote “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth”?
Art is a truth that the artist sees: the lie… it may stir something in us that reveals: the truth.
What are your favorite books?
You traveled recently to India and Sri Lanka. What surprised you the most there?
Every time I arrive in India it’s like my first time… the feeling of adventure and the magic that anything can happen at anytime. People with nothing that are ready to give you everything.
The treasures that you found there…
The curiosity of the everyday person on the street, the local that wants to show you his secrets, the never ending smiles, and finally: color.. color everywhere!
What are for you the keys to a happy and meaningful life?
To be able to slow down & listen. To observe yourself at every moment. To do work from the heart. To love and be loved… and keeping busy!