Designer Profile: Tom Stringer

Reflecting its founder’s spirited personality and love of adventure, Tom Stringer Design Partners creativity is simultaneously rooted in the classics while offering clients a multi-layered and modern approach to color, texture and personal interests. With the same energy that motivates his own love of travel and collecting, Tom and his creative team incorporate their clients’ passions into their design schemes—creating a kind of relaxed glamour that’s both deeply personal and truly unique.

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What inspired this career path for you? I have always had a passion for the history and stories told through architecture and design. It was a natural progression to follow and I am fortunate to be doing something I love every day.

What is your go-to source for inspiration? Travel is truly my greatest source of inspiration – both the adventure of traveling and the destination. I’m continually intrigued by other cultures and visiting the unvisited parts of the earth, then channeling those experiences through unexpected elements in my designs.

Tell us about your creative process.  It all begins with the client. Each and every project is designed to meet the unique sensibility of that client. My design philosophy is that a home should be, above all, the backdrop for a well-lived life with friends and family.

Describe your style in 6 words or less. Classic, well-traveled, multi-layered, eclectic, refined, and comfortable.

What’s a staple in your tool kit? Coffee!

Who do you look up to in the design world? Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, and Michael Taylor – they were all creators of timeless, classic interiors that are also inviting, practical, and comfortable.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? A yacht! Water is one of my biggest inspirations, and since a young age, has shown me a different way of seeing the world. I love transforming a yacht from simply being a vehicle for travel and discovery, into a vessel accessorized with treasures collected from many journeys.

Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote. Albert Hadley said, “Never less, never more”. He had an incredible sense of knowing the perfect balance between what was too much and what was not enough. I always try to follow that rule of thought in creating an interesting, yet refined interior.

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? 1st Dibs. I am constantly scouring the website for unique antiques and one-of-a-kind items for my clients.

What do you love about Viyet? The offerings are perfectly curated by Viyet and you know everything is a quality, designer item. It is beneficial on all ends of the spectrum – sellers are able to pass on items that may just not fit their lifestyles anymore, and buyers have access to many timeless items not available anywhere else. Even high-end manufacturers have an outlet for excess inventory. It’s a great marketplace for design-savvy consumers.

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