Eddie Lee is an interior designer that offers a fusion of modern and traditional design from Eddie Lee Incorporated. Eddie works throughout the US, with a number of clients in New York City and the Hamptons. He opened his practice in 2005 after gaining 10 years of invaluable experience from famed designer Greg Jordan. His goal is to create a portrait of a client’s life through furniture and architecture. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Eddie Lee.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Curated. I like a space to look like it has evolved over time, not bought in one fell swoop. Even if it has been! My aesthetic includes classic and modern, tailored and whimsical. My favorite spaces are chic and sexy with an element of surprise.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
As unsexy as it sounds, I always start with a floorplan based on discussions with the client. With that framework in place my mind is free to explore. Where my creative process starts varies. It can be a piece of furniture or fabric or a rug – and it flows organically from there.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most? [And why?]
I’ve worked with and around so many great talents in the industry it’s hard to choose one I admire the most. But the one I admire who’s had the most influence on me is Rob Southern, who I worked with at Greg Jordan. He is a rare breed of creative genius with business acumen. I was very lucky to have him as a mentor and friend.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired? [Why does this work so well for you?]
I find inspiration from everywhere. Fashion, antiques, books, television. My method of pulling it all together and start schemes is to sequester myself in the office on a weekend morning after a great workout. Clear mind, no distractions.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Hard work, dedication and a passion for design. My advice for people looking to follow in my footsteps is to work for a designer you admire and be a sponge. Arrive early, stay late, become indispensable. Learn everything you can and make contacts. Then, when you have the confidence, make the leap and go on your own – it will be scary – but also exhilarating!