The Style Files: Benjamin Reynaert

Benjamin Reynaert is an up and coming editor with a brilliant eye and vibrant energy. A fixture within the design world, Benjamin draws on a decade of experience looking critically at architecture, interiors, fine objects and furniture. As the Design & Market Editor for the Hearst Design Group, Benjamin creates engaging style, trend and product content for all three of the magazines and digital properties as well as produce interior well shoots, entertaining stories and special packages. Prior to joining Hearst Magazines, he held creative editorial posts at One Kings Lane, Traditional Home and Martha Stewart Living. He holds a BFA and BARCH from the Rhode Island School of Design. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Benjamin for a little while now and have even spoken on a panel about social media with him. He has such a wonderful energy–he is kind and insightful, but also quite fun. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know more about Benjamin and be sure to follow him on Instagram @aspoonfulofbenjamin where he curates a beautiful and inspiring feed!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Benjamin Reynaert: Collected, eclectic, and just a little bit hectic.

PC: What does your home say about you?

BR: Some may say it reads “busy” but I prefer “artfully layered”

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

BR: Getting lost at the Strand Bookstore, seeing artists and designers in their creative spaces, and the windows at Bergdorf Goodman.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

BR: John Derian, Hubert de Givenchy, Billy Baldwin, Thomas O’Brien… Oprah…

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

BR: Compassion

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

BR: Gummy bears at the movie theater.

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

BR: Christina Bertoni, one of my first design professors at RISD, taught me how to look critically at objects and the world at large.

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

BR: Sipping margaritas on a Spanish beach with the ones I love.

{A Snapshot from a Recent Trip to Mérida, Mexico via Benjamin’s Instagram, @aspoonfulofbenjamin}

PC: There’s so many new ways we’re thinking about content at the Hearst Design Group, and I’m excited to see some of our own new initiatives rolling out this Summer. I recently produced my largest interiors story to date for a recent issue of House Beautiful and can’t wait to share the results.

Go-To Outfit: a good navy blazer, killer jeans, comfy Common Projects (I walk a lot!)

Style Mantra: Tom Ford says it best, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

Scent: Ex Nihilo’s Vetiver

Piece of Jewelry: gold engraved ID bracelet from my boyfriend

Color I Never Tire Of: Indigo

Flower: Livia Cetti’s potted geraniums

Indispensable Design Element: books you love

Era for Design: Bauhaus

Dream Project: the HomeGoods re-brand (only half joking..)

Fabric/Textile: Zak + Fox’s wools

Hostess Gift: seasonal cut flowers and loose tea from Bellocq or coffee from Stumptown

Meal: Brunch at Il Passatore

Drink: I love an ice cold can of seltzer

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: The Great British Baking Show

3 Things I Love About My City: fierce fashion spotting, Casa Magazine (They have the best selection of print mags, I go every two weeks in the hopes that it will help business) and that feeling when you see the Manhattan skyline once you’ve returned home from a trip, gets me every time!

Weekend Destination: Fire Island

Hotel: Verana — which is a chic and rustic resort in Yelapa, Mexico which is only accessible by boat

City: Rome, where I lived for one year

Museum: The Morgan Library

Artist: I never tire of Egon Shiele’s line work

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: the entire Darjeeling Limited soundtrack on repeat

Actor/Actress: Reese is killing it on Big Little Lies

Prized Possession: Family photos

Risk Worth Taking: following a creative career

Greatest Extravagance: Aire Ancient Baths

Go-To Color Palette: natural materials/fibers with blue/white and a touch of red

Rule to Break: shoes must match your belt

Movie Set Design: Francois Ozon

I can never have too many… pocket squares


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