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Clodagh, located in the heart of New York City, is a design studio that perfectly mixes the power of interior design as a complete transformation of people’s lifestyle. The ability to balance serenity with minimalistic settings establishes a complete joy and bliss to every project that is created.
To bring a constant evolution to this area, Clodagh stands with an uncommon and fresh perspective, due to their belief that design is able to transform people’s lives in so many levels. According to the design studio, that is the main goal whenever they are involved in a project, the happiness they are able to bring with their most incredible projects.
“Perhaps one of the best thing is the happiness we bring through design. When people love and use every inch of our projects and tell us that their lives have changed and their family time is better than ever, we feel the job is well done”
This multi-discipline design firm shares a stunning award-winning portfolio that has expanded over 24 countries, with a large spectrum of eco-conscious projects and products, which is something that the firm stands for.
“I don’t like the word trend the movement is towards wellness and joy. At Clodagh Design we always include our wellness modalities: feng shui, biophilia, chromatherapy, wabi-sabi, and radiesthesia. We know that design is a healing art and we strive for that. We even have the ground on the sites healed before we start our projects. I see that many other designers and architects are including wellness modalities which underscores the strength of the movement”.
Although they don’t appreciate the concept of trend, they perfectly follow a line of creativity that sits on the bliss and harmony of spaces. Founded in 1989, Clodagh Design is made up of three distinct business divisions: Clodagh Design International responsible for international projects, Clodagh Signature which takes care of product design division and Clodagh Collection, which is the online gallery.
They are amazingly fulfilled in their professional area when they bring “a project on budget and on time. A happy group in our studio. Everybody should feel good about every facet of the business. Our growing extended brilliant family of consultants from lighting to acoustical to engineering to name a few”.
Besides that excellent fulfilment, they rejoice on “the pleasure on clients’ faces when they move in, whether it is a building with 1875 apartments like Jackson Park in Long Island City, New York, or an apartment on the Upper East Side”.
This is a design studio that really supports each other, through the best times or even the most challenging. “We had some challenging periods in 2001 and 2008, but that’s the nature of the beast. Fortunately, my talented team of architects and designers helped us through those times gloriously”.
So, they stand taller, and excel in every project, creating magnificent settings that focus on “life-enhancing Minimalism and Wellness by Design…everything you need, but nothing more than what you need, perfectly organized storage..no stagnation. We aim to bring joy and to find joy as we do it”.
So, with the life-enhancing minimalism and wellness vibe, with a Tadao Ando, Tom Kundig, Terence Conran and Jack Lenor Larsen as inspiration icons, they share a large spectrum of clients that’s quite varied.
“They totally vary, from business moguls, developers, hotels, and spas to small discreet private residences. I also keep the Clodagh Design Studio involved with philanthropy and giving, mostly with The Thorn Tree Project, of which I am a Board Member and a Co-founder, where we are educating 1500 young students in Kenya.
I helped to design the spa at Menla Mountain Retreat for Tibet House. I designed the layout of a library using sticks and a couple of bricks in the Samburu desert for our Thorn Tree Project schools in Africa. It is now up and running and we have solar-powered computers”.
Right now, Clodagh is working on new exciting things such as “a house on Cape Cod, to a Six Senses Hotel in the Douro Valley. New rugs for Tufenkian, new lights for Restoration Hardware, accessories, a new spa bed for Oakworks and innovative concrete products for Trueform to name a few”.
And, although they are involved in many projects, there’s always room for the fulfilment of dreams – “I still want to design an art museum, a hospital a cross-generational multifamily building and a school. I want to design a building that gives homes to the homeless I want to continue with my own art …next thing I dream of is a show of art lights…another photography show with some videos. I had my first photography exhibition at the Cheryl Hazan Gallery in Spring 2019. I have at least three books I want to write and am working on my fourth book. I want to go to Bhutan and Mongolia…I want to create fantastic edible landscapes”.
For the future, the design studio shares many of their wishful thinking, that is also beginning to happen throughout the time.
“Low maintenance homes and hotels… with the focus on biophilia environmental cleaning products. Homes for the homeless. Design for storage ..I always figure out what my residential clients need and then cleanse out what they don’t need and then figure out how to neatly store everything from a pair of earrings to the kayak.
It is the same with hotels. We say that if you cannot unpack and put your stuff away in the first twelve minutes, we are not providing you with the silence and rest that you need for your senses and wellbeing; we even worry about the light levels in bedrooms so that people can look good when they are naked! Mother Ann Lee of the Shakers said once, don’t make something unless it can be useful, but if it can be useful, why not make it beautiful”.
Clodagh finishes by saying that it is possible to “find brilliant new craftsmanship everywhere I visit, in so much of what I see. Really “the energy is blazing” in new ideas globally”. With this interview, we were able to capture that the environment has a large weight on Clodagh‘s interior design establishment because sustainability is the way to go.
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