Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Dwayne Bergmann

Dwayne Bergmann refuses to compromise style for function; he believes that his clients can have it all. This mindset has allowed Bergmann to create unforgettable designs across the country. Since starting his interior design business in 2013, Dwayne has continuously pushed the boundaries of his client’s homes with such grace. His work has been featured in many publications such as Luxe Interiors + Design and East Coast Home + Design. And not only does his firm specialize in high-end residential design, commercial, and hospitality projects, but they’ve also perfected strategies for anything from interiors to full-service design-builds. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Dwayne Bergmann.

Floral accents can be found throughout this effortlessly elegant dining room. From the natural light to the flower details on the back of the chairs, everything about this room is a breath of fresh air.

Andrew Joseph: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Dwayne Bergmann: My superpower is the ability to hyperfocus. It’s an amazing ability to tune out everything around me and focus on exactly what needs to get done.

Andrew: If you could guest star on any TV show on or off air, what show would you guest star in?
Dwayne: I would guest star on Will and Grace. It was my favorite show and inspired the names of my pet whippets, Will & Grace, and Frenchie, Karen.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Dwayne: I have always loved the Hamptons home in “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Everyone deserves a glamorous dressing room and Dwayne Bergmann definitely executed that for his client. Plenty of storage along with an ample amount of mirrors makes this room as magnificent as it is practical.

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Dwayne: French 75.

Andrew: What would be the name of your debut album?
Dwayne: Undefined.

Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so, what’s your specialty?
Dwayne: Yes, I cook regularly and love it. One of my favorite meals to make is almond rice with chicken, toasted brussel sprouts with pecans, cinnamon and mustard, and homemade avocado pie with macadamia nut crust and homemade toasted coconut ice cream.

This was a living room Dwayne designed for a home in Naples, Florida. The gold accents tie the room together, giving it a fresh and calm feel.

Andrew: What are three things you can’t live without?

  1. Kwasnik & Correnti (Julie Kwasnik keeps our office humming, Robin Correnti keeps us smiling)
  2. Creed Cologne
  3. My new ice cream maker

Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Dwayne: Play with my kids for an extra hour each day!

About The Designer | Acclaimed interior designer, Dwayne Bergmann founded his eponymous firm, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors in 2013 with the mission of reimagining and redefining environments to reflect each client’s unique needs. He is renowned for his modern yet enduring aesthetic, combined with his propensity to design with abandon, which allows him to transform space and transcend time.

Starting young as a decorated competitive equestrian from humble beginnings, going on to achieve a Master’s Degree in Business, Bergmann rose in the ranks to become a senior executive at Home Depot and HD Supply. Dwayne’s consistently singular focus on perfecting his craft is a mentality he continues to apply to his design practice. By taking risks, leaning into his passion, and finding a balance Dwayne has built a thriving business from scratch, without a professional design education, that allows him to do what he loves; create luxurious spaces highly tailored to the lives of the individuals that reside in them. His nearly 15 years of accrued experience in corporate Human Resources no doubt contributes to his ability to truly listen to his clients, delivering interiors where they feel immediately at home.

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

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