Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Chad Graci

With over a decade of experience in the interiors industry, and working with leading designers like David Easton, Michael Carbine, and the late Greg Jordan, Chad Graci has been able to make his mark in the world of interior design. His signature “traditional meets glamorous” style has graced his illustrious clients’ homes in Los Angeles, New York City, and New Orleans (among the many others.) He has an eye for sourcing unique and one of a kind pieces that compound into a space that feels lavish and tailor-made. Chad has been featured in many major publications such as Architectural Digest, Southern Living, and House Beautiful. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Chad Graci.

Maximalism is at it’s best in this aubergine lacquered library in New Orleans.

Andrew Joseph: If you could guest star on any TV show -on or off air- what show would you guest star in?
Chad Graci: I would want to guest star on Dynasty, the original of course. The clothes, the hair, the glamour and the house would be too irresistible to me.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Chad: I would have to choose the fabulous New York apartment in the 1991 film, Regarding Henry. The decor is so fabulous yet understated. The interiors are a symphony of luxurious neutrals accented by a stellar array of BBiedermeierfurniture and subtle neoclassical pieces. The beyond tasteful, blue chip art featured is offset by a seemingly one of a kind, odd, oval faux tortoise shell dining table. The perfect foil to all of that perfectness!

This room was solely designed around the owner’s French desk, which they happened to discover at Uptowner Antiques. Chad Graci created an elegant mixture of mid-century modern and antiques to compliment to this delicate and concentrated space.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Chad: A soap star. Apparently, as a 10-year-old I was bewitched by daytime drama during the summers at my grandmother’s. Notably, Santa Barbra was particularly captivating as I still reminisce about Cruz and Eden, the soap’s main duo.

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Chad: Ice cold Grey Goose Martini up, touch of dirt, two olives.

Andrew: What’s the weirdest thing a client has ever asked you?
Chad: If I cleaned out attics…

The focal point of this living room designed by Chad Graci is the work of art created by George Dunbar. The mustard sofa perfectly compliments the piece, providing a humble and sophisticated style.

Andrew: What’s your design pet peeve?
Chad: My design pet peeves are trends and trend forecasts.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Chad: A mashup of classic American fashion archetypes with an Italian flair. Think American Gigolo meets The Great Gatsby – the original.

About The Designer | A native of New Orleans, Chad Graci crafts thoughtful and glamorously approachable design. Drawing upon the influence of his architectural and landscape design background, Chad has an innate understanding of order and the relationship and interplay between furniture, fabrics and accessories. This is further accentuated by his keen eye for juxtaposing high style antiques with vintage finds and modern pieces. The result is a rich, collected look.

Chad has developed a devoted following for his richly layered interiors and taught Design Studio at the Louisiana State University. His work can be found across the country in locales such as Indianapolis, Boston, Houston, Mississippi and New Orleans and has been published by Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and other national and local publications.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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