Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Daun Curry

Since founding her interior design company in 2009, Daun Curry has accomplished all sorts of amazing things. Since her design philosophy is to combine the client’s history and lifestyle with her take on finished textures, and materials, Daun has been fortunate enough to design homes from Las Vegas all the way to New York City. Her sophisticated projects have been featured in major publications such as Architectural Digest and Elle Decor and she is the proud winner of The 2019 Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of The Year. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Daun Curry.

This dynamic dining area was created for the Daun Curry x Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas collaboration. It was designed for a Boulevard Penthouse Suite which houses ornate finishings such as the Orchid Flower Lamps and the Demi-Lune table situated in between. Photographer: Matthew Sandager

Andrew Joseph: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Daun Curry: Auntie Mame! It’s one of my all-time favorite movies. I first saw the film when I was just 10 years old and it had a huge impact on me. The interiors, costumes, and madcap escapades keep me enchanted no matter how many times I see it.

Andrew: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
Daun: Before I went to design school, I got my degree as a holistic health counselor.

This is a shot of the great room of the Rye Project, designed by Daun Curry. The Great Room is fully custom designed and features a soft velvet couch and special reading nook to hide away and get lost in a book. Photography: Emily Gilbert.

Andrew: What’s something you always travel with?
Daun: Pink Himalayan sea salt.

Andrew: What are your beauty secrets?
Daun: Sleep, meditation, and exercise. This combination helps me stay balanced and present and gives me that blissful light that radiates from the inside out.

A dose of sophistication is key in any New York City apartment. With a ton of natural light, Daun Curry made sure to include soft and natural colors with touches of bold blues and pinks. Photography: Emily Gilbert.

Andrew: Style (or design) icon?
Daun: Zaha Hadid for her radical deconstructivist designs and her accomplishments as a woman architect; Josef Hoffmann for his work and involvement in the Vienna Secession movement; Architect Luis Barragan for his use of exuberant color, connection to nature, and confident simplicity.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Daun: Something that moves you, gives you a visceral feeling. It is different for everyone and it’s the contrast of the beauty ideal that makes the world interesting and dynamic.

About The Designer | Since starting her eponymous firm in 2009, Daun Curry’s interiors projects have spanned the U.S., ranging from luxurious loft-like penthouses in New York City and Las Vegas, to season-ready Hamptons homes, and beach-side getaways in California—each spelling a narrative rich in layers and nuances. While Curry is known for incorporating unique finishes, textures, and materials that enhance the delicate balance between shapes, color, light, and shade, the clients’ history and lifestyle remains the impetus for each design.

Today, Curry’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Elle Décor, to name a few. Her clients range from notable brands to influential individuals, including: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Sotheby’s, Morgans Hotel Group, Moroccanoil, Jemma Wynne, Naomi Watts, and YouTube star Casey Neistat. In 2019, Curry cinched the highly sought-after Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award.

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

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