How Amy Lau creates couture

Renowned worldwide for turning the seductively morbid show “Dexter” into a grim reality, Amy Lau is equally as talented at creating modern spaces that are more “curated” than “decorated”. Known for crafting original and personal surroundings that filter various styles, objects, and preferences through the lens of modernism, the prominent designer believes that this process results in spaces that are refined and elegant extensions of her clients’ interests.

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Since 2001, Amy Lau has owned her own interiors firm, where she incorporates modernist principles, like balancing scale, texture, shape, color, and function, to create remarkable interior decorations. Specially commissioned artisan pieces, vivid colors, and exquisite mid-century furnishings are signatures of Amy Lau’s legacy as an Interior Designer.  Lau, who also serves as an independent adviser to collectors of 20th century decorative arts, celebrated design with our team through this exclusive interview for COVETED Magazine.

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“As a designer, it is my job to dig deep to figure out what the client really wants, and then use my resources and expertise to deliver a home that is as beautiful as it is practical for the way they like to live.” – Amy Lau

CE: How important is a perfect chemistry between you and your clients to achieve the best results?

AL: It’s very important to have great chemistry with a client. When you look at the overall goal for any client, regardless of specific preferences, it is always to create a home that feels comfortable, livable, and uniquely their own. The only way I can deliver this to a client is by communicating effectively throughout the entire process, and that is facilitated with good chemistry. As a designer, it is my job to dig deep to figure out what the client really wants, and then use my resources and expertise to deliver a home that is as beautiful as it is practical for the way they like to live.

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CE: How would you describe your work style? Do you have a specific signature that makes your projects easy to identify?

AL: I begin each project getting to know the surroundings of the environment so I can understand the foliage, light, skylines, and other natural elements, as well as considering the clients’ lifestyles and what their visual preferences are. With this foundation, I create a unique space through this framework that is timeless and elegantly modernist by using a mix of furnishings, fabrics, lighting, and art with varying textures and complementary hues. I will often commission site-specific work where needed to create a warmth and expressiveness.

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CE: If you had to pick one project around the world that you wish had been created by you, which would it be?

AL: The Amangiri Resort in southern Utah is pure luxury framed by, and incorporating, the harmony of the amazing surrounding geography. The indigenous-style buildings embrace natural landforms, and the local hues, materials, and textures assimilated into the design ensure the complex remains very respectful of the landscape. I would have loved to have the opportunity to work on an intelligent and visually balanced interior for this incredible architectural feat.

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