Designer Kevin Dumais’ of DUMAIS Inc. designs are always carefully curated – balancing furnishings, artwork, and colors – every detail considered. To look at his designs is to have an immediate sense of calm – he creates sophisticated spaces where one can both retreat to, or entertain within. Rooms are refined and have a certain air of self-awareness avoiding any monotony with the use of unexpected color palettes and combinations of modern furnishings juxtaposed against storied antiques.
Kevin works closely with his clients from start to finish to ensure their total satisfaction with the end product. With 16 years in the design industry, we talked to Kevin about finding inspiration within his studio and why he loves using antiques. Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See his favorite pieces from RubyLUX.com.
Kevin’s LUXList Picks
Large “Holzstern” Chandelier by J.T. Kalmar
First Edition “Grasshopper” Lounge Chair by Fabricius & Kastholm
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
Classic lines, Mid-Century influences and a fresh, modern sensibility.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Some of my favorite projects are ones where the client shares the same love that I do for finding just the right vintage furnishings. I often pair a comfortable, modern sofa with vintage side tables and lighting. The mixture of old and new creates a distinct look that feels collected and personal.
What inspires you?
My studio. I began my company in 2009, working at my dining table and now we have outgrown our second office space. Being in the studio, knowing that I created this from nothing and that I have a team I cherish, inspires me to keep developing and evolving my passion and work.
What can you never have too much of?
Decorative lamps and pottery are my obsession. The two lend so much character and warmth to an interior and they can make a space truly feel like home.
If you could design for a fictional character who would it be and why?
Definitely Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) from Pretty Woman. I love her goofy but straightforward personality. Her mixture of beauty, elegance, and relatability is really in line with my sensibility. And of course, as an interior designer I work on commission, so not working with her would be a “Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.”
Kevin Dumais creates homes that effortlessly balance grace and comfort–his clients enjoy elegant rooms where dinner parties are hosted, weekends are relished and real lives are lived well. Inspired by the mid-century style and classic principles of design, Dumais brings a sense of refinement and casual sophistication to each project. In Bridgehampton, he’ll lend a touch of urbanity to the beach, while a busy family in Tribeca benefits from smart space planning and a well-curated collection of contemporary art. In all cases, the end product is stylish and calm–a well-edited mix of luxurious fabrics, fine furniture, and natural light.
A sixteen year veteran of the industry, Dumais studied interior design at the New England School of Art and Design then led projects for a number of top Manhattan designers before opening his own firm. His process is always built around the client–Dumais collaborates directly with each to evolve sparks of inspiration into a cohesive design. Once the framework is set, he supervises a team of project managers who work behind the scenes to execute the logistics. This frees the client to enjoy the process and focus on the fun part: curating a unique and uniquely lovely home.