“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

Brad Ford

Brad Ford

photo by Scott Frances

photo by Scott Frances

If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live?  Any place near water!

What are three words to describe your style? 1. Warm 2. Modern 3. Soulful

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? I loved my bedroom growing up. It was a tiny square box with a 70’s plaid print wallpaper made up of leather belts and gold metallic buckles.  I had it on the walls, the ceiling and if there had been a coordinating carpet I would have it on the floor - I loved that pattern!

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? A pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK-31 chairs. I’ve always been a big fan of his work and these chairs are perfect for a New York City apartment. Not too big, but nice and comfortable for guests.

In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be?  Joe D’urso.  He has a way of editing a room that keeps it simple but impactful.  He said decoration was all about addition while design is about subtraction…I love that idea.

No room is complete without something handcrafted.

People think of me as being very social, but I am really a homebody.

Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement baby’s breath

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter paté

  • A bar cabinet hmmm…that’s a tough one.

A song for: 

  • Dinner at home: Chaka Khan’s Sweet Thing

  • Working at your desk: Anything by Frank Ocean

  • Going for a run: Kayne West’s Fade

Biggest Vice? I love food.

If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? Vinyl Records!

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how?  Ish…I’m super casual and I’d like to think my interiors are pretty approachable as well.  

Who is your star crush? Frank Ocean

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

If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be?  Nature Form and Spirit - The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima

For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for?  Considered and timeless.

photo by Scott Frances

photo by Scott Frances

A Few Favorites: 

  • Movie: Coal Miner’s Daughter

  • Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Scent: A Japanese incense called Apotheke

  • The fabric you always come back to: Pierre Frey Bridget Color Meringue

  • Dream project: A 50’s motel on the beach…

  • Meal: Korean BBQ

  • Drink: Tequila on the rocks

  • Hotel: Any Aman Resort

  • Travel Destination: South Africa

  • Artist: Donald Judd

  • Thing to collect obsessively: Pottery

  • Era in the history of design: Mid-Century

  • Museum: Noguchi Museum

  • Paint Color that always look great: Benjamin Moore AF-15

  • Favorite person to follow on Instagram: Amy Sedaris

  • Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Dogs!!!

Thomas O'Brien

Thomas O'Brien

Kevin Sharkey

Kevin Sharkey