Spatial Awareness

For this New Canaan designer, placement is paramount

Photographs: Oleh Sharanevych

“When you’re surrounded by good design, it’s impactful,” says New Canaan Designer Amanda Zorumski. “There’s a sense of reality when someplace is spatially designed well.”

Before the designer founded her own name-bearing company, Zorumski nailed a job as an exhibition designer at MoMa right out of college. “I have always been fascinated with space and its function,” she says.

After her impressive start, Zorumski moved on to hotel and restaurant design. The digs she worked on (from the St. Regis in NYC to a hotel in India) have a lot of stars in their ratings. Despite her impressive resume, the designer prefers her move to residential projects for Amanda Zorumski Design & Decor. “It’s so personal,” she says. “Each house is so different. It’s about how the homeowner wants to live.”Amanda Zorumski

Plus, on the home circuit, there’s room to concentrate on the details, like an upholstered sofa with leather trim, or lacquered walls. “You can take risks. With commercial design, it’s about the bigger picture.” Though that bigger picture allows for a “wow-factor” to execute on a larger scale, Zorumski enjoys the challenge of creating a moving experience within her client’s home.

With a taste she describes as “eclectic modern,” the designer has an affinity for “clean but comfortable lines.” She enjoys a mix of antique and modern elements (vintage rugs, Brazilian furniture, design classics), and she enjoys the challenge of bringing the pieces together. “A homeowner may have a family heirloom that’s important to them. They might not want to go in that direction but you have to make it work,” Zorumski explains.

According to the designer, it’s important to keep the elements fresh, especially in the darkness of winter. “Put a new rug on top of a sisal one, or swap a wood coffee table for a Lucite one.”

Spanning from Bronxville to Greenwich to New Canaan, Zorumski’s latest projects are all about location. “I draw initially from nature,” she says. For one home, a beach house, she focuses on a range of blues, portraying a water theme “without putting starfish everywhere.”

For her projects in the city, conserving space is a priority. Unlike Connecticut where homeowners love to display things on bookshelves, Zorumski says city-dwellers prefer everything “clean and tucked away.” Though it’s “a hard line in the budget,” the designer tells her clients in any locale that art and accessories finish the look.

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