The Style Files: Victoria Hagan

The subject of today’s Style Files interview does not need an introduction as she is one of the most well-known interior designers in America today. Victoria Hagan is an award-winning designer whose iconic work reflects a classic American luxury that is fresh, restrained and balanced. Since founding her eponymous firm 25 years ago, Victoria Hagan has been celebrated for her intelligent integration of architecture and interior design. Based in New York City, Victoria’s 26-person firm works on residences throughout the country, providing a full range of interior design and renovation services, all bearing her signature style which is polished, elegant, and timeless.

Victoria recently published her much anticipated second book Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces by Victoria Hagan and David Colman, Rizzoli New York, 2017. In the book, Victoria shares her philosophy on what constitutes fabulous rooms and lessons honed during her long and storied career. Victoria has received many of the country’s top design honors, including being named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 list repeatedly.  She has also been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she serves on the school’s Board of Governors and has endowed a scholarship for its new MFA program in Interior Design. 

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Victoria Hagan: Classic American Luxury

{Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

PC: Has living in New York influenced your aesthetic in any way?

VH: Everything about New York is inspirational.  It’s the quintessential American city: full of wonder and built on dreams.

{Photography via ELLE DECOR}

PC: What does your home say about you?

VH: Relax, enjoy, and don’t try too hard

{Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

VH: Nature

{Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

VH: Albert Hadley, Angelo Donghia, and Tom Ford.  They’ve all shown us that less can definitely be more.

{Albert Hadley}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

VH: A confident sense of self

{Photography by William Waldron}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

VH: Vanilla ice cream with chocolate crunchies from Dairy Queen

{Photo via @VictoriaHaganInteriors on Instagram | Photography by Durston Saylor}

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

VH: My late business partner Simone Feldman. She died 20 years ago but not a day goes by when I am not inspired by her.

{Photography via ELLE DECOR}

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

VH: The ability to spend quality time surrounded by your family in places that make you happy.

{Photography by Lisa Romerein}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

VH: My latest book, Dream Spaces, was just released by Rizzoli. Also many exciting new projects throughout the country, including a New York City duplex penthouse, a couple of very modern houses in the Hamptons and Aspen, a traditional Palm Beach home, and a few great California projects.

Style Mantra: Keep it simple

Scent: Cristalle

Piece of Jewelry: wedding ring

Color I Never Tire Of : Yves Klein blue

Flower:  peonies

Indispensable Design Element: courage

Era for Design: always right now

Dream Project: I never pick favorites

Fabric/Textile: The White Dove pattern from my own line

Hostess Gift: coffee table book

Meal: Ravioli stuffed with sage

Drink: Tab

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Dinner with my husband

Weekend Destination: Southport, CT – it’s perfection

Hotel: Amangiri in Utah

City: Venice

Museum: Musee Rodin

Artist: Rothko

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Anything by my son Harry, who is an EDM producer/ DJ

Actor/Actress: Daniel Craig and Claire Danes

Risk Worth Taking: Following your dreams

Greatest Extravagance: Carving out enough time to relax and enjoy

Go-To Color Palette: I’m always drawn to the colors of nature

Rule to Break: all  rules are made to be broken

I can never have too many… Cell phones – I misplace them all the time!

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