Meet the Designers of the 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse

Photo and featured image by Adrian Bonvento

Above: Renowned designer and 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse participant Alan Tanksley.

Any showhouse is only as good as its skilled designers, and the 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse at the Pearl in Edgewater, NJ, is no different.The 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse boasts a collection of elite interior designers and architects who are each transforming an entire loft-like apartment. But just who are these skilled artists?


Joe Ginsberg is an internationally recognized residential interior designer, whose background and formal training in art, sculpture, color science and photography, along with two decades of technical experience and experimentation, have allowed him to create with thoughtful ingenuity. Guided by color and light, he integrates the organic elements of nature with the texture of everyday life, producing unpretentious forms, at once functional, practical and ravishing.

Ginsberg has been involved with many shows both national and international, including Gallery Dauste in Hamburg, Laight Gallery and Barbara Walter Gallery in New York, Claudio Roucher in Paris, Galleria Baldinotti in Sicily, and Santa Reparata Grafica d’Arte and Fortman Studios in Florence. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including those of Michael Jackson, Coca-Cola, Christies East, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Estée Lauder and MTV.



 Catherine Weinstock’s keen eye has been a constant presence throughout her life. Years of study in Europe, as well as a multidisciplinary background in interior design, furniture restoration and fine arts, have given her the solid foundation required to create for clients all over the world.  A fervent traveler, Weinstock scours the globe for artisans with whom she collaborates to produce unique and wonderful pieces for her projects. Her enduring style is based upon a love for art and design, and upon the skill with which she blends together diverse elements.



Fulya Can, equipped with a variety of management skills, continues to develop her abilities with all of her past and present experiences. Currently, Can works with the Turkish luxury design company, Lazzoni, where her extensive history in interior design is put forward in her various roles, including communications, public relations, showroom management, head design, and the creation and execution of developmental projects for the company. Above all else, Can maintains a high level of passion and energy toward her work, which ultimately produces the most efficient and creative output for her work environment.


Sam Ciardi

Designer Sam Ciardi, founder and owner of the new Samuel Robert Signature Spaces Inc. in Millburn, NJ, brings his unique and extensive background in fashion design to create fresh and compelling interior spaces. After 17 successful years in the fashion industry, Ciardi now offers his distinct creative vision to a wide range of clients from his two new and distinct retail showrooms, resource libraries and studio spaces.
“My background in fashion enables me to look at a project from a different perspective,” explains Ciardi.“Even my relative ‘outsider’ status in the interior design community (stemming from my varied career path) can be an advantage – I’m less entrenched in what the popular trends for furniture, window treatments, etc. may be, and instead can really focus on doing my own thing. With less influence from the market trends, I pride myself on always evolving and keeping my designs fresh.”



Amy Manor is the founder of the Red Bank Design Center. Manor is famed for rendering clients’ personal narratives through her artisan approach to interior design and her global perspective. Her traveling to exotic destinations, such as Turkey, Italy and London, gains her constant inspiration and exposure to handmade collections crafted by artists.
“My clients are the true source of inspiration. They have a lot of stories to tell, and I’m able to render their narratives expressly through interior design.”




Anna Maria Mannarino of Mannarino Designs, Inc. is an award-winning interior and event design company, working in both the residential and commercial arenas. Mannarino’s cutting edge designs take the project from conception thru installation, providing comprehensive project management every step of the way. Mannarino firmly believes that good design enhances living and working environments.




 Alan Tanksley, acclaimed for his versatility and attention to detail, is among America’s leading practitioners of residential design. He excels with a mannered approach to interior space planning and with his timely delivery of handsome, warm and approachable living environments. His day-to-day working relationships with leading architects, such as Maya Lin, James Dayton, Robert Orr and Harry Elson, give his firm the unusual ability to collaborate with and draw upon expert talents to implement a wide range of architectural design details for each project that it undertakes.
Renowned as an expert colorist, Tanksley creates rich and appealing palettes that ultimately manage to make every interior space both exciting and relaxing simultaneously. He is also highly regarded for his custom furniture and fixture designs.

Tanksley’s work has been widely seen in publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House and Garden, Interior Design, Art and Antiques, and Metropolitan Home.

For exclusive interviews, project updates, and more, visit the official Metro Designer Showhouse website– and don’t forget to get your tickets!

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