Jamie Herzlinger  is a talented and experienced residential designer, founder of Jamie Herzlinger Interiors, a design firm “blending diverse elements, periods and cultures to create sophisticated classically modern environments”. With offices in New York City and Scottsdale Arizona, Jamie’s work is defined by diversity and each new client comes with a new valuable professional lesson. Jamie confessed that her passion for residential design was triggered by the excitement for fashion which she has since she was a child. Can fashion and interior design go hand in hand and contribute to a strong carrier? Read Jamie’s answers and find out!

  • Freshome: What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
  • Jamie Herzlinger: I grew up in a garment center family of four generations. And was surrounded with couture fashions from Schiaparelli, Lanvin, Balenciaga and all the greats from the 60’s! I believe the moment I could think I wanted to design anything and as a child it was dolls clothing and their houses.
  • Freshome: Can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold at a large scale.
  • Jamie Herzlinger: My first Interior Design project was actually when I was a fashion designer on seventh avenue and one of my clients threw me the keys to their apartment and said “when you have the time”! Oh sure I thought-I started with their living room and I remember vividly, going to Clarence House to buy fabrics and receiving a letter from Clarence House reminding me that at that time the fabrics they did not want to see in my clothing collection!
  • Freshome: What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it ? (We are asking this because not many designers do what they actually want)
  • Jamie Herzlinger: The field of design I am most interested in is residential.  All of my projects are in high end residential and I am very blessed as this is the field where all of my practice is concentrated.
  • Freshome: Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.
  • Jamie Herzlinger: Chronologically describing my thoughts-well, when I am working in Manhattan my thoughts are always about what an amazing city this is! So many different cultures, businesses, people, all existing in tight quarters and making markets in their given fields! When I am in Arizona, I look at the mountains first thing every morning and think wow! How lucky we all are to live in a country with such diverse and wonderful landscapes.

  • Freshome: What is your favourite book/magazine on design? How about your favourite site?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: My favorite book on design would have to be the A&D series.  They are an asset to any firm working in Modern.  My favorite site? Other than yours of course! I love reading Material Girls and All The Best, Lonny and the Peak of Chic.
  • Freshome: What inspires you?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: My inspiration truly comes from everywhere.  I am going to sound a bit strange at this answer but actually; yesterday I was working on draperies for a project that I am on and looked at the sky, (I am out West) and the cloud formation was such that it was perfect for draperies and that’s where the dining room drapery idea from!
  • Freshome: What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: The most frustrating aspect of what I do? Is that everyone thinks they can do it! The most rewarding one? When I get to photograph the finished project!
  • Freshome: From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: From my point of view, design is an art form.  It is pure emotion, desire and budget that drives it.  There is nothing scientific about it; other than we all know that our answers and ideas will change daily!
  • Freshome: Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.
  • Jamie Herzlinger: An unusual aspect that happened? That I was able to transfer my fashion design abilities into interior design.
  • Freshome: Let’s say you entered a contest. You have to come up with a design for the first house on the Moon built for extra-terrestrial living. How would your project look like?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: The house would look like the Guggenheim museum.
  • Freshome: If design were a product, what would it be and how would you design it?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: I believe it is a product and that’s why it is fabulous we have so many designers with so much talent!
  • Freshome: If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: If I had no limits? And the project was for me? I am very enamored at this moment in time of designing a stunning Palladian home for my two children and me.
  • Freshome: Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.
  • Jamie Herzlinger: That I am always on the path to discovery, and that I am always open to change if it will bring more enlightenment.  And that life is a journey and it is the change that will help to make me iconic.
  • Freshome: What do you think of our site?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: I am most impressed by Freshome’s thorough coverage of style genres.  What makes a site worth the time investment to go through it, is the level of design that it covers.  For my firm and design aesthetic, your coverage is where we are.
  • Freshome: What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
  • Jamie Herzlinger: Work for a firm whose design sensibilities you relate to.  And take on every possible job they give you.  The more you learn in all areas, the more valuable you are.