Traditionalist? Modernist? Don’t try to pin Katie Ridder down. Her trademark in the ease with which she bridges cultures and continents, high art and low periods and styles. Yet to call her work eclectic is to miss the point, for a while it looks diverse, it’s recognizably the product of a single sensibility – one with a distinctive take on color, texture proportion, and scale. Case in point the studio Ridder designed for last year’s eBay showhouse. Conceived as a cabinet of curiosities, it included Turkish vases, Art Nouveau tiles, Uzbek textiles and modern furniture, with blue walls stenciled in an oversize paisley motif. The result: a treasure-filled retreat for a hip connoisseur.
See also: Harry Heissmann’s Glamorous Suite
After working in the decorating departments at House & Garden and House Beautiful magazines, and establishing a retail home furnishings store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Katie Ridder founded her firm in 1995.
Known for bringing her editor’s eye and curiosity for unusual elements to the interiors she creates, Katie has clients across the country. Her projects reveal a deft combination of comfort, practicality, and sophisticated color as well as a mindfulness of architectural surroundings.
Katie’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Elle Décor, Town & Country, Domino, New York Magazine, and House Beautiful, and she is frequently named one of the Top Designers by both local and national publications. In addition, her first book ROOMS was published by Vendome Press in 2011.