Bjørnen Design

Photo by Costas Picadas

Bjørnen Design

Firm Description
Bjørnen Design creates personalized homes that are evocative and comfortable, and reflect the homeowner’s point of view and lifestyle. Whether designing a shingled Hamptons manse, modern Florida beach cottage or stylish New York aerie, Bjørnen Design customizes each residence with elegant proportion, gracious scale and approachable luxury in mind.

Approach to Residential Design
John Bjørnen and his team strive to achieve a symbiotic relationship between interior and exterior, keeping the structure in harmony with the land and thoughtfully reflecting the client’s perspective. Every detail is an opportunity to add resonance to the environment’s visual dialogue. This holistic approach ensures each room harmonizes with the home’s overall context, for example, reflecting the rhythm of water, calm of the trees or movement of the ever-changing sky.

Distinguishing Characteristics
With his varied passions and interests, Bjørnen brings an eclectic background to his work. Raised in Norway and the United States, he studied the arts, including voice, theater and studio arts, before beginning a career in fashion. This creative foundation informs his personalized approach to design.

Work Influences
"My personal relationship with the colors, textures, tastes and the landscapes of cultures near and far is my greatest inspiration," says Bjørnen. "When traveling, I stay in hotels that speak to the time and place of the destination. This helps me infuse my designs with a sense of authenticity and lends an eye towards the resort homes of my clients, where the ultimate balance is between aspirational escape and the familiar comforts of home." 

Year founded:  2011
Number of employees: 5
Services: Interior design and decoration, historic renovation, new construction design consultation & execution

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