Designer We Love: Clodagh
Website: Clodagh Design
Quotable Quotes: "The eyes are the most promiscuous of all the senses."
"I'll turn down clients who aren't willing to get rid of what I call stagnants. I hate stagnation. I want their closets cleaned out because it affects their lives and their thinking."
Born in Ireland
Age 17, she started her own fashion business, and by age 19 was a leading Irish dressmaking diva
Next career stop: architectural design and hotel, spa, landscaping, and interior design projects
Evolved her signature philosophy of creating total environments as "art to live in"
Feng shui plays a major role in her designs and approaches to projects, as well as appealing to all the elements and the senses
In 25 years, her Clodagh Design studio has taken on a variety of global projects in the commercial, residential, retail, office, salon, spa, and corporate image spaces
Began Clodagh Signature, licensing and product designs for furniture, bath, hardware, textiles, carpets, lighting, accessories; also designs packaging and graphics for packaged good such as cosmetics
Her Clodagh Collection Showroom opened in Manhattan with gallery and retail showroom space showcasing furniture, fine art, accessories
Named as one of Architectural Digest's "World's 100 Leading Interior Designers" and Interior Design magazine's "Top 100 Interior Designers in America" and their "Pioneers of the Industry"; inducted into Interior Design's Hall of Fame in 1997
Clodagh’s work has been widely published in Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, Vogue Deutsch, Brides and New York Times Magazine
Media work includes "Ultimate Kitchens" on Food Network, "Interiors by Design" on HGTV, and CNN's "Style with Elsa Klensch"
What We Love:
How eclectic can one person's career be! Clodagh amazes us with the variety of her projects -- from a jazz-themed restaurant in LA and a conference center for one of Japan's largest ad agencies to the luxe Woodlands Spa and Resort and an Armenian countryside hotel.
There is nothing more wonderful than applying thoughtful design to stimulate and inspire good health, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Natural materials are front and center in every Clodagh design. Every interior and detail is as "green" as possible. What could be more important?
Have you seen Clodagh's design studio? Dogs trotting on the floors, natural brick walls, excellent library of resources, imaginative work stations -- a designer's Disneyland!
Being true to yourself and to your sense of style is difficult in this PushMe/PullYou world of fickle trends and fads. Clodagh has managed to maintain her strong identity and signature style in everything she has tackled through the years. For that alone, she has our great admiration.