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‘The New Guard’

Michael Kao of San Francisco's MAK Studio

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I’ve heard it said that designing successful minimalist space takes more effort than any other stylistic genre.  When structure and surface elements stand alone, they must be carefully chosen, and artfully arranged by someone who understands them intimately.  There are a few dozen architects and interior designers who do it masterfully.  A few weeks ago I was introduced to the work of Michael Kao of MAK Studio, who is most certainly among their ranks.

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‘The New Guard’

Corey Damen Jenkins of Design With Vision

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“We live in a world where people want everything right now… they speed through the design process and ‘microwave’ rather than ‘bake’ the perfect solution”

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Several months ago I was introduced to Corey Damen Jenkins, winner of this years ‘Showhouse Showdown’ on HGTV.  He’s come a long way in his relatively short time in interior design.  I had the chance to chat with him about his personal style, his business model, and his list of go-to vendors and products.

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‘The New Guard’

Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs

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“For today’s interior designers, antiques in Europe are as easy to access as those in New Jersey.  As this ‘global access’ trend continues to evolve, interior designers are going to have to adjust their business models and skill sets in response.”

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While attending last months press preview for Holiday House (Iris Danker’s annual fundraising gala benefiting breast cancer research) I had the pleasure of meeting Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs.  He was given a challenging space to decorate, and did a masterful job creating restrained glamour and architectural reference on a staircase landing with J Pocker frames.  This week he was named to House Beautiful’s list of 10 up-and-coming designers to watch, so I invited him to coffee – to learn about his background, his aesthetic, and his thoughts for the future of interior design.  Here’s what I learned.

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