Interview with Andrew Galuppi : design elements


Interview with Andrew Galuppi

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“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.”

Andrew Galuppi

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…

photo: William Waldron for Elle Decor, design: Andrew Galuppi

How would you describe your own style?

modern eclectic.

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.

photo: William Waldron for Elle Decor, design: Andrew Galuppi

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.

photo: William Waldron for Elle Decor, design: Andrew Galuppi

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.

photo: William Waldron for Elle Decor, design: Andrew Galuppi

What are your favorite books?

The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru, Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen and anything by Paul Bowles.

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!


45 Kommentare zu “Interview with Andrew Galuppi”

  1. Tim am 24.03.2011 um 09:33 Uhr 

    Round of applause! my fav interview so far. Thank you, Andrew! Thanks, Maria! I don’t know if I said it already :-) …I’m glad I found your blog…it inspires.

  2. Rowaida Flayhan am 24.03.2011 um 09:40 Uhr 

    Very interesting interview, his last answer was really inspiring.

  3. namimosa am 24.03.2011 um 11:01 Uhr 

    wow, das sind einfach traumhaft schöne fotos von wunderschönen zimmern! darin möchte ich mal fotos machen…^^

  4. cabbage rose am 24.03.2011 um 11:05 Uhr 

    great interview…love andrew’s style; both professional and personal. thanks for the insight and inspiration.

  5. megi am 24.03.2011 um 11:07 Uhr 

    Liebe Maria,
    danke ,dass du uns von einem Freidenker erzählt hast! Tolle FRAGEN und tolle ANTWORTEN!!!
    liebe Grüße

  6. Krystal/Village am 24.03.2011 um 11:33 Uhr 

    i love those! i totally agree, what you surround yourself with should be picked out carefully! maybe he will come help me :)

  7. KREASOLI am 24.03.2011 um 11:43 Uhr 

    Hi Maria,
    wieder ein sehr gelungener Beitrag von Dir!
    Vielen Dank, daß Du uns teilhaben läßt.

    Auch ich habe heute etwas “zum Teilhaben” (mit Unikat-Gewinn) Schaut doch mal rein… ich freu mich


  8. Juliana am 24.03.2011 um 11:49 Uhr 

    Gorgeous, gorgeous post! I love the bedroom so lovely and livable and I feel so in sync with his words. My sister is looking at your blog every day. My mother began too. Even my dad saw your Japan post. Design elements obsession in our family :-) thank you! kisses from Italy

  9. meenal @ maison marigold am 24.03.2011 um 11:52 Uhr 

    thankyou for sharing this lovely interview, Maria…that first room has been a favourite of mine with its touches of aqua and teal…and now to know about the man behind the room..just wonderful! have a great day! xx meenal

  10. Robert am 24.03.2011 um 12:48 Uhr 


  11. George am 24.03.2011 um 12:49 Uhr 

    What a fascinating interview. I like your questions — and his answers. His designs are marvelous as well.

  12. maureen lynne am 24.03.2011 um 13:32 Uhr 

    his designs are modern eclectic which I love and completely unpretentious…gorgeous rooms…

  13. Style Maniac am 24.03.2011 um 14:15 Uhr 

    Wise words on success, freedom and happiness. His last quote echoes what I read over at The Happiness Project today–that sometimes happiness embraces complete opposites, and they can both be true. So as Andrew says keeping busy and yet allowing yourself time to relax.

  14. Priscilla Joy am 24.03.2011 um 14:57 Uhr 

    Ok. I love this style!
    So simply, yet very elegant.

    Have a wonderful Thursday.
    Greeting from the Caribbean.

    Priscilla Joy

  15. mary jo am 24.03.2011 um 18:36 Uhr 

    Maria, I loved this interview and his aesthetic. It’s so inspiring because I’m moving into a new space and it’s so overwhelming to decorate from scratch and figure out what to bring from my current home etc. I like his philosophy about just slowing down and listening.

    Hope you are having a great week!

    xoxo Mary Jo

  16. Qerat am 24.03.2011 um 18:36 Uhr 

    Seems like a real and deep person and designer. Would be happy to have someone like him design my enviroment.
    To be able to slow down and listen, isn’t that a blessing ?

  17. Lemmie am 24.03.2011 um 19:24 Uhr 

    Es ist großartig, wie schön Wohnen sein kann, wenn genügend Platz (und Geld) vorhanden ist.
    Lieben Gruß

  18. Lorrie am 24.03.2011 um 19:25 Uhr 

    Fun interview. Travel is such a wonderful influence on design.

  19. Capucine am 24.03.2011 um 19:38 Uhr 

    Oh he is very talented, I like the living-room!

  20. Marie am 25.03.2011 um 00:00 Uhr 

    What a great interview! Thank you for sharing :)
    xoxo Marie

  21. Diana Mieczan am 25.03.2011 um 00:21 Uhr 

    What a fantastic interview. I loved reading it! Thank you and have a great Thursday

  22. Tereza am 25.03.2011 um 00:53 Uhr 

    Fantastic interview, I didn’t know this designer, his work is great.
    Now it’s my turn to ask you which is your favorite interior designer/architect?
    Big hugs.

  23. Rhônya Holman am 25.03.2011 um 01:19 Uhr 

    Awesome interview, he seems very down to earth, and he’s answers are very interesting! By the way all rooms feature in here are beautiful, it would be hard to pick a favorite. Again great post girl.
    Cheers and a lots smiles. ((((((-:

  24. Kelly @ JAX does design am 25.03.2011 um 01:33 Uhr 

    Thank you for the introduction to Andrew and his design work. You asked him a lot of great questions, and he gave a lot of great answers! His rooms seem to reflect who he is – free-spirited and worldly :-)

  25. The Tailored Two am 25.03.2011 um 04:44 Uhr 

    Thank you very much for your sweet comment on our blog! You really heave some beautiful imagery here. The rooms look so livable and peaceful! We would love for you to check out our blog again! Have a great day.

  26. Zyprezz am 25.03.2011 um 10:53 Uhr 

    Great interview again, my dear, I love his style…

    xoxo, Ingrid

  27. The Iconic Blog am 25.03.2011 um 17:02 Uhr 

    Wonderful interview. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!xx


  28. La Mode En Rose am 25.03.2011 um 17:29 Uhr 

    such beautiful spaces!!!

    kisses from La Mode En Rose= )

  29. SizzleandZoom am 25.03.2011 um 19:51 Uhr 

    I love this designer. I love the first 3 photos.
    I want those cane chairs.

  30. Annelie am 25.03.2011 um 20:01 Uhr 

    Danke (:
    Echt tolle und vor allen Dingen faszinierende Bilder hast du hier :)

  31. Kirsten am 25.03.2011 um 20:40 Uhr 

    I very much like his answer to what makes a perfect home :-)

  32. Tina@Flying House am 25.03.2011 um 20:55 Uhr 

    Wow! What a great interview with such a talented designer! I love the bit about freedom. I never understood my own freedom until I lived in Morocco and realized that I could leave and go anywhere I wanted, but most of my friends would never have the means or the opportunity to ever leave the own country.

  33. Alex am 26.03.2011 um 00:48 Uhr 

    Vielen Dank :) Schönes Interview.
    Liebe Grüsse.

  34. andsoiwhisper am 26.03.2011 um 01:43 Uhr 

    Lovely interview and photos!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  35. Julie am 26.03.2011 um 01:54 Uhr 

    HI Maria
    I love his work and recall admiring it on your previous post… I like his views on life also.. not least his ideas on Freedom and being happy!!…

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.. ciao xxxx Julie

  36. Stephie am 26.03.2011 um 03:18 Uhr 

    Great interview Maria. I love the quote about balance and harmony. I love the room in the last photo too – just amazing. Happy weekend th you, Stephie x

  37. lily riani am 26.03.2011 um 09:50 Uhr 

    interesting interviews, i like his cocept, very refreshing.

  38. Mimi am 26.03.2011 um 09:54 Uhr 

    Vielen, vielen Dank :)

  39. Nicola am 26.03.2011 um 20:52 Uhr 

    Love the quote at the start – so true. He has a beautiful home.

  40. Anya adores am 26.03.2011 um 22:00 Uhr 

    What a lovely and interesting interview. Great home and he is also very easy on the eye :O)
    A xx

  41. Sarah Klassen am 27.03.2011 um 02:15 Uhr 

    How fabulous! I truly enjoyed this post…

    Enjoy the remainder of the weekend…

  42. florence am 27.03.2011 um 11:30 Uhr 

    Tiene un estilo interesante, me gusta mucho el salón de la primera foto!
    feliz domingo :) bss

  43. Danni am 27.03.2011 um 17:18 Uhr 

    Ja, ich mags auch total.
    Die Einrichtung auf dem letzten Bild gefällt mir.

    Liebe Grüße, Danni

  44. K.R. am 28.03.2011 um 10:29 Uhr 

    wonderful interview!!!


    sending love to you

  45. Kristin am 28.03.2011 um 21:45 Uhr 

    Love this!!!

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