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Designers Collaborative is a group of seasoned New York designers and architects who meet regularly to exchange ideas, news, and trends. We’ve created this blog to make you a part of our conversation. By offering an insider’s view into the world of design, we hope to inspire and inform—ultimately, to ignite a spirit of collaboration among design enthusiasts and professionals alike.

With a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Barry Goralnick specializes in both architecture and interior design.  He believes that demystifying the design process makes it a less intimidating, more enjoyable experience for the client.  Goralnick Architecture and Design, founded in 1984, works on residential and commercial projects, including apartments, houses, offices, brokerage firms, building lobbies, and a synagogue. MORE

Trained in architecture as well as the fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, Bruce Bierman brings a unique perspective to each design project. Specializing in residential and commercial design, Bierman has received extensive acclaim from his peers as well as from the design press. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, he has also been named one of “The Top 10 Designers to Watch” and “America’s Most Brilliant Decorators A-Z” by House Beautiful. MORE

“We don’t really make a distinction between residential and commercial work,” Carl D’Aquino says of D’Aquino Monaco, the firm he heads with architect Francine Monaco. “We’re always looking for what’s personal about any project.” A modernist sensibility applied to both contemporary and period design has been key to the partnership’s success. Widely published, D’Aquino has been named one of America’s top designers by both House Beautiful and Metropolitan Home. MORE

Glenn Gissler, architect and interior designer in NYCGLENN GISSLER
Known for his elegantly understated sensibility, Glenn Gissler, who trained as an architect at the Rhode Island School of Design, artfully combines traditional and contemporary furnishings in rooms that are comfortable, polished, and visually striking without seeming “decorated.” His work, which pays particular attention to detail and craftsmanship, includes residences in Manhattan, Westchester, New Jersey, and Florida, as well as summer houses on Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard. MORE

Jerry Caldari, a graduate of the School of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University, joined Scott Bromley in 1991 to form Bromley Caldari Architects. By employing a distinctive modern style with clean, handsome, original lines, Bromley Caldari “makes new out of the old,” with industrial materials often adding wit and whimsy. Recent New York City projects have included a substantial townhouse combination and the restoration of the B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue. MORE

Sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Soft Modern,” Laura Bohn strives to create a comfortable atmosphere using a well-edited approach developed by Laura Bohn Design Associates, the consulting firm she founded in 1980. Bohn will often set unexpected hues and shapes together to give rooms depth and richness that is not easily replicated. An ability to forecast current design trends and interpret client´s needs has made her a respected New York design authority. MORE

From an Art Deco apartment in Paris to the challenging restoration of a famed Frank Lloyd Wright house to the corporate headquarters and branch offices of a major stock brokerage company, Ronald Bricke enjoys working with a broad spectrum of clients, “Both those willing to explore cutting edge designs as well as those who are more traditionally inclined,” he says. As Interior Design magazine wrote of his work, “This is the stuff of which dreams are made.” MORE

After studying architecture at McGill University in Montreal, R. Scott Bromley, AIA, moved to New York City, ”bumped into Philip Johnson, miraculously landed a job,” he says. Establishing his own practice in 1974, Bromley designed houses in Fire Island, East Hampton, “and then a little club called Studio 54.”  Although Jerry Caldari first worked for Bromley in 1979, it wasn’t until 1991 that they formed Bromley Caldari Architects. Recent projects have included the restoration of the B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue.  MORE

A native New Yorker,  Susan Huckvale Arran  is a graduate of CUNY and attended the Parsons and New York Schools of Design. She has been the design talent behind successful restaurants, apartments, and houses in the New York Metropolitan area for over 30 years. She is president of American & International Designs, Inc., a full service interior design firm whose projects include Ritz Carlton and Hilton properties, corporate offices, showrooms, and hospitality spaces. MORE

picture of Tim ButtonTIM BUTTON
A graduate of the Parsons School of Design’s Environmental Design program, Tim Button is constantly sought out to work on such major environmentally responsive projects as The Visionaire,  Manhattan’s first LEED Platinum Certified residential condominium tower. Since 1980, Button has been a partner at Stedila Design, Inc., a full-service design firm that works regularly with top developers, architects, and artisans. MORE