Get to Know: Felipe Edmiston Design
After leaving a career as a professional dancer, Felipe Edmiston founded his own design firm aimed to transform clients' homes into deeply welcoming and exciting places.
Q: Tell us about the journey to become a designer.
A: I hired a local interior designer to help me with my home. I have always been interested in design and loved beautiful things, but I was making many mistakes in picking the correct items for my home. Everything I would purchase was beautiful, and yet there was always something missing. As I began the process of working with a professional, I realized all the details that were missing: scale, lighting, color and texture balance, and a few other things. My designer saw how interested I was in design and offered me the opportunity to work at her firm. I was, of course, very flattered but also knew I didn’t have the educational background to be great. So I enrolled at the New York School of Interior Design and began my journey as a student. I quickly realized the difference between a good designer and a great designer. A friend saw my talent and gave me the opportunity to design her homes. I now have launched my own firm and truly enjoy the process of transforming spaces.
Q: What is your favorite room to design?
A: My favorite room to design would be a room with a challenge. Something that will make me think outside the box and as my mentor Drew McGukin said, "Be a freaking designer, don't do what everyone else is doing, and don't copy what you see in a design book" this statement changed my point of view and allowed me to grown as a designer.
Q: How does your background play into your design aesthetic?
A: I was born and raised in Colombia, South America. I moved to the US when I was 14 years old. After a few years in the states, I found a passion for competitive ballroom dancing and moved to Utah to pursue a dance major in college. After traveling the world and fulfilling all my goals as a dancer, I loved the idea of starting a new career in design. I see movement, color, and harmony in all living spaces. Because of my background, I feel that I am more sensitive to the way a space should move, after all, everything has movement!
Q: Any Design tip you can share?
A: A very helpful tip I learned from a dear designer friend and that I always use is: “the bigger the rug, the bigger the room appears” it works every time.