The Style Files: David Kleinberg

David Kleinberg is a renowned interior designed who has been at the helm of David Kleinberg Design Associates since 1997, when he founded his eponymous firm after a sixteen-year tenure at the venerable Parish-Hadley Design. In the time since, David Kleinberg Design Associates has grown to employ a team of thirty and has come to be known for its sophisticated, nuanced interiors as well as an exceptional attention to detail. “In stewardship and with a desire to recognize the considerable talent being put forth by long-standing employees, Kleinberg recently named four equity partners. With an eye towards the future, Kleinberg has imagined a firm that is well positioned to provide its’ clients with superior service and a process of collaboration that yields the highest level of creativity and efficiency.” The firm’s work has been published in countless design magazines from Architectural Digest to ELLE DECOR and Kleinberg has been recognized as a top design talent having received the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York School of Interior Design. Kleinberg is also a member of Architectural Digest’s prestigious AD100 list and ELLE DECOR’s lauded A-List. Kleinberg is the author of Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg and he recently debuted a new furniture collection with Henredon.


Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

David Kleinberg: Traditionally Modern. Contemporary in way that means relevant for the way one lives today.

PC: What does your home say about you?

DK: That I am extremely neat.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

DK: Most recently I was in London, Tangier, Paris, and Lisbon.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

DK: For personal style Fred Astaire. For design style Albert Hadley, Billy Baldwin.

{The Iconic Home of Albert Hadley}

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

DK: Forthrightness & Integrity

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

DK: Reality Television

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

DK: Albert Hadley

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

DK: A private plane

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

DK: We recently debuted the David Kleinberg for Henredon Collection at High Point Market.  The collection includes 40 pieces of upholstered furniture and case goods for living, dining, and bedroom.  With it, we introduced six different lacquer options for coffee tables, end tables, chest of drawers, consoles, and accessional pieces.

Go-To Outfit: Blue Blazer and grey flannel trousers

Style Mantra: Just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to use it

Scent: Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan

Piece of Jewelry: IWC Watch

Color I Never Tire of: Gray flannel and navy blue

Flower: Peonies

Indispensable Design Element: Ruler

Era for Design: 18thCentury French

Dream Project: A super yacht that I am currently working on

Hostess Gift: Books

Meal: Veal Milanese from the Polo Bar in New York

Drink: Vodka Martini

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Watching junk TV like Flipping Out or Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

3 Things I Love About My City: New York City Ballet; Metropolitan Opera; The Polo Bar

Weekend Destination: East Hampton

Hotel: The Ritz in Paris

City: Paris

Museum: Musee de la Chasse in Paris

Artist: Anthony Gormley

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Anything by Donna Summer

Actor: Fred Astaire

Prized Possession: My Anthony Gormley Sculpture

Risk Worth Taking: Opening your own business

Greatest Extravagance: Airplane charters

Go-To Color Palette: cream, taupe, slate blue

Rule to Break: All of them

Movie Set Design: Those by Cedric Gibbons and Busby Berkeley

I can never have too many… Books

{Photography Courtesy of David Kleinberg Design Associates}

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  1. Love how his work is both simple and richly layered simultaneously. says he is “traditionally Modern” but manages to use eclectic, older pieces and make them belong and highlight. his work reminds me of a strong family – all ages, tastes but somehow It stays unified. love it.