Maker Monday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Anderson Somerselle

Anderson Somerselle has a keen eye for design that has allowed him to work with design powerhouses like Pier One, Arhaus, and Holland & Sherry. Anderson created SOMERSELLE, a personalized and high-end online showroom, with the hopes of actualizing it in the Fall of 2021, offering virtual appointments for his austere clientele. SOMERSELLE has many collections from prestigious designers such as Caroline Cecil and Maresca Textiles, and will be unveiling their furniture collection soon! Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Anderson Somerselle.

Somerselle offers wallcoverings of different styles, textures and design elements that compliments any interior space. Above is a line from Caroline Cecil that emphasizes geometric patterns, perfect for a modern home or commercial space.

Andrew Joseph: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Anderson Somerselle: I would live in Cher’s house from Clueless. I am obsessed with that movie, and can recite most of it, I think I was a valley girl in another life. The two iconic shots for me, is when Cher comes down the stairs in her white spaghetti strap Calvin Klein mini-dress for her date with Christian, UGH I LIVE to recreate the scene one day. The other is when you see the house for the first time, as Cher pulls up in her jeep and says – “Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.” It’s not the most scenic shot, but for a boy OBSESSED with houses it was EVERYTHING!

Andrew: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Anderson: Oreos! My taste buds love them, my waistline HATES them, HA! At the start of lockdown I picked up a single pack because I hadn’t had any for a while and the intent was to crush them up and mix them into some ice cream. WELL, 15 packs later, I think I need to step away from them! I didn’t know there were so many variations of Oreos out there. I now know that I prefer the Classic single-stuffed Oreos. Interior Designer Leslie Denham (@idenhamid) tried to turn me onto MEGA-Stuffed (Yes, there is such a thing) but I had to draw the line somewhere, LOL!

If you’re looking for a luxurious textile print? Somerselle carries a variety of materials such as cotton, linens, silks and velvets . These textiles are perfect for drapery, upholstery and even pillows.

Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Anderson: The moment of inclusion! There is a GREAT awakening that happened in our country after Gorge Floyd’s murder. I really feel that we’ve HAD ENOUGH of inequality and the stupidity that is racism. I believe we are ready to embrace inclusion and celebrate the multitude of beautiful skin colors that make up humanity. In order for that to continue to happen we all MUST do our part. It’s as simple as asking “why?” out loud, when you find yourself in a room, in a meeting, on a list or even watching a show that is filled with just one race. Ask out loud, “Why is that!?” Because that’s not a reflection of the real world. It’s a reflection of a crafted illusion.

Andrew: What would be the name of your debut album?
Anderson: I’ve thought about this quite a bit, so I am happy that you’ve asked, LOL! The name of my debut album will be Anderson Somerselle: Always Too MUCH. On my Instagram (@andersonsomerselle) I posted a mock-up of an album cover poking fun of how “EXTRA” I can be (which I call having personality). Back in the day when I really, really wanted to be a singer (I’m not that good) people would tell me I kind of looked like and sound like the late Luther Vandross. I’ve since given up on that dream, but if Celine Dion or Mariah wanted to have me as a special guest on an album or concert, I’ll come out of retirement, LOL!

In this Zoe Glencross collection, you can find one of the textiles called Bollin Bird. This design is printed on a natural linen base and has plenty of movement, texture and interest.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Anderson: I truly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, beauty for me, is defined by how something or someone makes me feel. Beautiful things make me smile and give me butterflies in my stomach. When I was in the process of selecting textile lines for SOMERSELLE, I knew I wanted them to be beautiful and also wanted the people running those lines to have beautiful souls. I have to say that we’ve accomplished that! The fabrics, the wallcoverings and the people behind them are BEAUTIFUL!

Andrew: What makes you angry?
Anderson: OMG, nothing pisses me off more than bad customer service. I really can’t stand it, and I have left places with bad service. There is just no excuse for it – AT ALL. Especially because it’s SO easy to give good service. I feel like good customer service is a dying art, I’m not sure why, but I can see it dwindling. So, whenever I experience good customer service somewhere, I tip EXTRA, or I have my husband write a review – he’s a magnificent writer, LOL.

About The Maker | Anderson Somerselle has come a long way from the Virgin Island beaches of his childhood. Employing the charismatic spirit he was born with and later developed as a radio personality, Anderson has spent the past decade cultivating close relationships with the artists and CEOs of interior furnishing brands around the world. With an intuitive understanding of current and upcoming trends, Anderson has served as the critical point person between brands and the designers who rely on their products. He entered the industry working in sales management, visual merchandising and design consulting for well-known businesses such as Pier One, Arhaus Furniture, and Modshop. He spent years fostering close connections with designers and driving sales for brands as the Purchasing Coordinator at Holland & Sherry. Most recently, as the Textile Manager at John Rosselli & Associates, he put his eye for design to good use as he helped brands develop new collections and highly effective visual marketing strategies. As CEO of SOMERSELLE, he will utilize his decade of interior design experience, his arsenal of industry allies, his keen sense of design trends, and his radical vision for the growth opportunities available to the modern showroom. | Photo by Sean Jentis

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

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