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Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Bruce Fox

Bruce Fox creates interiors that elude boundaries with a bold, tasteful style. As founder and principal designer of Bruce Fox Design, he uses experience and innovation to craft sophisticated spaces with cutting-edge components. Fox uses vivid colors, daring patterns, and unusual accessories to put together uniquely refined interiors. His lifelong passion for design is evident in each project, and his work has gained recognition in many national publications and awards. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Bruce Fox.

Bruce Fox Design has become renowned for its intrepid combination of tones and genres, seen in the colors, patterns, and product selection of this smoking lodge.

Bruce Fox Design has become renowned for its intrepid combination of tones and genres, seen in the colors, patterns, and product selection of this smoking lodge.

Andrew Joseph: If you could guest star on any TV show -on or off air- what show would you guest star in?
Bruce Fox: This totally dates me but I would love to guest star on the first season of Dynasty, I remember watching it from my parents’ home in our small town and being totally transported by sets and the main house and who doesn’t love a bit of over the top camp with Alexis Carrington Colby.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Bruce: I have always loved Frances’ (played by Diane Lane) Tuscan Villa in Under the Tuscan sun. I love the movie and dream of spending my summers in a beautiful Italian villa, minus the scorpions of course!

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Bruce: A House Manager, I love problem-solving.

Andrew: What’s the weirdest thing a client has ever asked you?
Bruce: A client once asked me to make their vacation home look like Wisconsin in the 1940’s. What exactly did that mean? We unearthed inspiration in childhood memories of family vacations and long-ago lake houses. Mission accomplished by the way.

Fox mixes styles in the lodge with modern, geometric flooring and a neo-gothic mantle.

Fox mixes styles in the lodge with modern, geometric flooring and a neo-gothic mantle.

Andrew: What’s something you always travel with?
Bruce: I always travel with a sport coat, especially when I’m on a plane. Firstly, it’s always freezing so it keeps you warm and secondly, people dress so dreadfully when traveling that I just make a conscious effort to look put together – I mean you never know who you are going to be sitting next to!

Andrew: If you were a performer, what would be the name of your debut album?
Bruce: What the Fox says.

Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what’s your specialty?
Bruce: I am a good cook and I feel that there’s nothing I cannot cook. I love jumping into new recipes, experimenting with them and being creative. I love to bake and have recently mastered the deep dish Galette.

Andrew: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
Bruce: I’ve always dreamed of designing a gentleman’s farm. In my mind, it is always quite elaborate with a main residence in stone, guest house, pool house, gardens barns and various outbuildings and follies.

Andrew: Must-have clothing item everyone should have in their closet?
Bruce: A shoehorn! You’ll ruin your beautiful shoes without it.

Pairing bold patterns against stand-out colors, Fox brings an eclectic edge to this classic Midwestern retreat.

Pairing bold patterns against stand-out colors, Fox brings an eclectic edge to this classic Midwestern retreat.

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Bruce: Relax and have fun: life is grand and don’t miss out on any experience that comes your way.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Bruce: Well, I do believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder but for me personally I think it’s something extraordinary that makes you stop for a closer look. It can be as simple as the flowers in my meadow or as extravagant as a priceless painting or an exceptional interior.

Andrew: What do you find yourself daydreaming about most these days?
Bruce: I have a house in Michigan where I’m designing the interiors as well as a new garden, I’m forever daydreaming about the garden – there are so many wonderful ideas and possibilities to endlessly dream about.

Andrew: Are you a pet person? Dogs or cats?
Bruce: I was absolutely a pet person as a child with rabbits, fish, guinea pigs, cats etc. As an adult I recently got my first pet, a dog named Tobias who is simply the best addition to my life that I could imagine during COVID.


About The Designer | Chicago-based Bruce Fox Design is known for compelling interiors that defy duplication, exceed expectations and are a testament to Bruce’s discerning eye and exacting standards. Equally inspired by the “art of nature” and “the nature of art,” his evocative, richly layered compositions reflect Bruce’s appreciation for authentic materials, fine craftsmanship and objects that record traces of time and the mark of human hands.

Bruce grew up in a small Michigan town, where he loved studying books filled with architectural plans. He learned to draw and design at a young age, sometimes raking leaves into lines that traced the dimensions of his dream homes. Those days marked the beginning of a lifelong interest in interior architecture and design. With 25+ years of expertise, Bruce Fox Design’s projects range from country estates and second homes to primary city and suburban residences. His interiors have been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Crain’s Chicago Business and Luxe Magazine and he is the recipient of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s 2016 and 2020 Acanthus Award for Excellence in Classical and Vernacular Design.


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