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Melissa Bowers’ List
The in-demand interior designer shares a few of her favorite design pieces right now
Interior designer, art consultant, and stylist Melissa Bowers began her career working as a set designer and stylist for legends such as Helmut Newton and Sonia Rykiel. She went on to hone her craft at Studio Sofield, collaborating on hotel and retail projects for the likes of Tom Ford and Harry Winston, before moving on to serve as Design Director for Miami Beach’s Faena District.
Today, with offices in LA and NYC, Bowers focuses her refined eye on hospitality and residential interiors that celebrate the art of entertaining. Consider, for example, her recent design for Sona, the Flatiron’s hot new Indian restaurant—the brainchild of executive chef Hari Nayak and creative consultant (and star actress-singer) Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Bowers’s seductive composition evokes the Art Deco period in Mumbai, featuring gilded columns and mirrors alongside an artwork program composed exclusively of shoppable works by Indian artists. It is an elegant (and delicious) escape in the middle of the city.
We asked Bowers to share a few of the items on her design wishlist at the moment. Scroll on for her collection-worthy picks sure to elevate any space.
“This reminds me of how Picasso entertained and celebrated life,” Bowers says. “In fact, it inspired me to do a collection of my own for entertaining.”
“A masterpiece. Karen Swami is an artist that provokes spirituality, and her process is sublime.”
“This is where decorative art becomes contemporary art. These chairs are exceptional and add a sculptural element to any space.”
“This is such a collector's piece,” Bowers observes. “Building a client's collection is integral to my process, and adding a Max Ingrand piece is a wonderful way to bring in an object that is not only beautiful but also functional.”
“For me, this is a positive step toward contemporary craftsmanship, giving homage to indigenous materials and traditions while modernizing in a way that technology can be celebrated.”
“I was introduced to Christophe Côme by my dearest friend and design guru, gallerist Cristina Grajales,” Bowers tells us. “His artful use of metal and glass calls to mind jewelry.”
“Timeless! From the proportions to the light it emits, it is perfect.”
Thanks, Melissa! ◆