Design Campus Live at High Point Market is just around the corner, where you can see Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander speak in the Phillips Collection Showroom! We had the chance to interview both of them in this two-part blog series. Today’s blog features our interview with celebrity interior designer Glen Peloso:

Design Campus. When did you first become interested in interior design/When did you first know you wanted to be an interior designer?

Glen Peloso. I’ve been interested my whole life, starting with the rearranging of my bedroom on “the regular”.  Post my masters degree in Fine Art, I got involved in art direction but the impermanent nature drew me closer to residential and interior design. Fast forward 15 years and voila. Jamie was a business guy who was hiring people to design retail so took courses to do it on my own and better. That began my change of career.

DC.  What is something you wish you knew when you first started in the industry?/What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

GP. The interior design business is decidedly a business.  When you struggle to do what you love and forget to make sure that you are compensated in a way that allows you to continue to practice and sustain yourself, what you love to do can become something that makes you unhappy.  Treat it like a business always. 

DC. It’s your time to brag a bit: What past project of yours are you most proud of?

GP.  Touro – Brazilian Steak house in Canada and an Arizon mansion over looking Frank Lloyd Wright mountain.

Glen Peloso(Photo by Larry Arnal – Arnal Photography)

DC. If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be?

GP.  A psychologist  — I love to understand what makes people work.

Glen Peloso(Photo by Larry Arnal – Arnal Photography)

DC. Are you inspired by other designers, artists? If so, whom and why?

GP.  Philippe Starke, Christopher guy, Robert Lepage.

DC. What sets your aesthetic apart from other interior designers?

GP.  We work to make sure that we take the architecture of the building, the hope, goals, dreams and aspirations of the client and marry them as best as possible.  As a result very few projects look the same.

Glen Peloso(Photo by Larry Arnal – Arnal Photography)

DC.  It goes without saying that in addition to being a talented designer, you also have to be a smart business person, in order to run a successful design firm. What would you say is the key to achieving that success?

GP.  Don’t discount your work! – No one who wants quality looks for a Rolls Royce or Lamborghini on sale! Appreciate your clients with words and actions not with discounts or freebies.

 Glen Peloso(Photo by Larry Arnal – Arnal Photography)

DC Is travel important to your work and inspirations?  If so, how and why?

GP.  Travel is a brilliant way to see how design/life issues are solved around the world.  North America is pretty young in the history of the world and understanding history, culture, and the development of design inspires your design sense currently.

 Glen Peloso(Photo by Larry Arnal – Arnal Photography)

DC. What does your own home look like? Is it different from what you design for clients?

GP.  My home is far more simple in palette and detail – As I like to say – I spend the day in details and like a simpler palette at the end of the day.

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DC. What is your favorite color?

GP.  Red

Glen(Photo by Larry Arnal – Arnal Photography)

DC. What is your favorite city?

GP.  Florence

DC. What is at the top of your bucket list right now?

GP.  African Safari

DC.  What is your dream project?

GP.  A boutique hotel in Cayman Islands

Learn more about Glen Peloso and see him speak live at Design Campus, High Point Market with Jamie Alexander! Registration is now open online. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP early!

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