“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

Juan Montoya

Juan Montoya


If I could have am additional home it would be? Stockholm, Sweden. Love the city and the people there.

What are three words to describe your style? Comfortable, unique, and high quality.

Tell us about your childhood bedroom? With my mother’s approval, I decorated my room with an orange wool fabric (curtains, bedcovers and tablecloth). The chair was upholstered in a black and orange plaid with a black wool fabric as contrast. 

What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? I bought an 18th Century marble urn with carved ram handles.

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

No room is complete without art.

People think of me as minimalistic, but I am really a maximalist. 

Things you omit from:

  • A flower arrangement - Overly arranged and cluttered arrangements.

  • An hors d’oeuvre platter - If it’s larger than just a bite size.

  • A bar cabinet - I don’t like bar cabinets. I prefer a tray on a console or a table.

A song for: 

  • Dinner at home - Classical music

  • Working at your desk - Swedish music. Eva Dahlgren is one of my favorites.

  • Going for a run - I don’t like to run to music.

Biggest Vice? Gelato

If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? Limited editions of sneakers and watches.

Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility? If so, how?  Yes, comfortable, unique and high quality.

Who is your star crush? Lady Gaga

What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? When everything is matching in color…  

If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? High-Tech: The Industrial Style and Source Book for the Home [Joan Kron, Suzanne Slesin]  

For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Unexpected, brilliant and cohesive.


A Few Favorites: 

  • Movie: Gone with the Wind

  • Book: The Bible

  • Scent: Silver Iris Mist by Serge Lutens

  • The fabric you always come back to: Cashmere 

  • Dream project: A project where the client won’t interfere!

  • Meal: Anything with white truffles

  • Drink: Bombay Gin Martini (up with 2 olives), very dry!

  • Hotel: Ett Hem in Stockholm designed by Ilse Crawford 

  • Travel Destination: The Seychelles 

  • Artist: Lucio Fontana

  • Thing to collect obsessively: Watches

  • Era in the history of design: Art Deco 

  • Museum: Hallwylska in Stockholm

  • Paint color that always look great: Matchstick from Farrow and Ball

  • Favorite person to follow on Instagram: Cindy Allen

  • Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? DOGS!

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Ellie Cullman

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