Design has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my grandmother often took me to country auctions where at a very young age I developed a keen eye for treasures from days past. I even curated my first display of antiquities in my parent’s simple garden shed at the age of twelve. This insatiable curiosity was nurtured by my mother and aunt as we woke up early on weekends to hunt for finds.
After earning a degree in communication at McDaniel University, I pursued my passion for design by working as a textile sourcing specialist for major fashion brands such as Tahari, Betsey Johnson, and Ellen Tracy. Subsequently, after more than a decade in the industry, I decided to focus on interiors and obtained a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. My extracurricular coursework included studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as classes in Art & Antique Appraisal at New York University.
While attending school, I was fortunate enough to sharpen my interior design skills during an apprenticeship at Drake Design Associates in New York, prior to moving to Geneva, Switzerland. Through my experiences, I developed a passion for creating spaces for clients that are beautiful as well as comfortable and livable. My design sensibility is known for its broad range, creating original, thoughtful spaces for clients tailored to their lifestyle.
Frequent travel continues to be a major influence in my work and in my ability to artfully blend styles and periods ranging from contemporary to the traditional. I continue to hone my love for the decorative arts by scouring antique stores and flea markets throughout the world for hidden treasures. Today I am joined my two sons and hope to carry on this tradition with the next generation.
- Maggie Lemerise Risson