Long-time clients and NY design trade love Suzanne's handsome and superbly comfortable designs because they delight the eye and bring pleasure to daily life.
From the age of six, Suzanne’s extraordinary mother nurtured her intense curiosity, relentless enthusiasm and gift for architectural design, while decorative arts-antiques expeditions through Europe and Asia deepened her visual repertoire. After college, Suzanne continued her “R&D” with frequent antique “digging” missions to England, France, and Italy, acquiring 18th c. treasures she sold in America. She undertook her formal education at Ashley Hall, the University of Georgia, Parsons NY and graduate business courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Suzanne joined McMillen in New York where she mastered design, design management, creating complex architectural and furniture design drawings. She thrived on the collaborations with extraordinary multi-national fabricators to resolve the "on site" challenges revealed by demolition.
Having honed these practical skills, her own furniture designs and experience importing European antiques, Suzanne launched her NY design practice. With a sensitive appreciation of the personalities and needs of her clients, Suzanne draws upon her extensive knowledge of architecture and decorative arts, infusing each project with a synthesis of traditional elements together with fresh modern sensibilities.
One client expressed Suzanne's design elements “make my eyes dance.” Suzanne's furniture designs have been described as "furniture with personality," "trés chic," etc. Each design is handmade in the US in a meticulously detailed European manner including hand-tied coiled springs, optional horsehair stuffing, etc.
She thoroughly enjoys the challenges of projects in the US and abroad. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and books both in the US and abroad including World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Veranda, House & Garden, Elle Decor, Southern Accents, House Beautiful and the New York Times.