“As a resident of the world of design since birth, I’d like to take some time to celebrate some of the people and things in that world that I admire. I hope you come along for the ride. And, as my name has really taken a beating these last couple of years, -thank you Mr. Bezos, - feel free to think of me here by my nickname: Lex. And, please also enjoy this completely un-recognizable and years old headshot.” - Alexa Hampton

Kevin Sharkey

Kevin Sharkey

photo by Paul Costello

photo by Paul Costello

If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? Paris, France

What are three words to describe your style? Classic, Appropriate, Edited

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? Walls were upholstered in black and white ticking stripe cotton fabric with a pennant shaped border along the top punctuated with pom poms in primary colors. The ceiling was tented in the same fabric. The walls were hung with watercolors of all types of circus animals but thankfully no clowns. I hate clowns!

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? Two large wooded Guan Yin sculptures that I purchased in Beijing. They arrived in crates larger than my studio apartment.

In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be? Rory Cameron

No room is complete without a dimmer for all of the lights. 

People think of me as Formal and unapproachable, but I am really quite goofy and relaxed.

Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement: Anything dyed

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter: Anything with poppy seeds

  • A bar cabinet: Jagermeister

A song for: 

  • Dinner at home: Claude Debussy – Claire De Lune

  • Working at your desk: George Michael – A Different Corner

  • Going for a run: Anything from Tribe Called Quest

Biggest Vice? Lipton’s French Onion Soup Mix Dip and Ruffles potato chips

If you were on an Ambient high and internet shopping, what would you buy?
Oribe Hair Care Products and Falke socks 

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? Yes, they are contextually appropriate, well made, and subtle

Who is your star crush? Giovanni Ribisi

What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it?  Use the color teal

If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be?  Irish Houses and Castles by Guinness and Ryan

For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Informing, inspiring, and encouraging

photo by Paul Costello

photo by Paul Costello

A Few Favorites: 

  • Movie: Pillow Talk

  • Book: Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

  • Scent: Lily of the Valley

  • The fabric you always come back to: Belgian Linen

  • Dream project: My Flower Garden

  • Meal: Corned beef and cabbage, with potatoes, carrots and onions. Irish Soda bread for dessert

  • Drink: ice cold Coca Cola out of a glass bottle

  • Hotel: Amangiri

  • Travel Destination: Italy, every summer with friends

  • Artist: John Singer Sargent

  • Thing to collect obsessively: luggage

  • Era in the history of design: English Georgian Period

  • Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

  • Paint Color that always look great: Sharkey Grey

  • Favorite person to follow on Instagram: @Miguelfloresvianna

  • Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Dogs- For Sure! 

Brad Ford

Brad Ford

Douglas Friedman

Douglas Friedman