Our LUXList Designer has been an interior designer for over 30 years, Anthony has a long list of titles and accolades to his name. In 1994, alongside William Diamond, they established the firm Diamond Baratta Design. After its inception, they steadily gained attention for their work, had designs featured in esteemed magazines, co-authored the design books “Diamond Baratta Design” and “All American” and were awarded the ‘Hue Award’ for lifetime achievement in design as well as being named one of Traditional Home’s “20 Design Icons”.
Since William’s retirement in 2012 and the company’s reestablishment as Anthony Baratta LLC, Anthony has partnered with brands to launch several furniture and homeware collections and is the process of working on a third book which focuses on current projects and collaborations and the future of the Baratta Firm. Throughout the company’s two iterations, they have consistently delivered rich, sumptuous designs, easily recognized for their bold use of colors and patterns and their vibrant atmosphere. Discover our LUXList Designer’s favorite pieces and what inspires him.
Anthony’s LUXList Picks
Flair Edition Bookcase
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
Well, I can honestly say “color is everything” is my mantra. I can’t imagine the world in anything but technicolor; and I like my projects to be happy, full of life, a little sporty and witty. There’s always a wink and a nod in there somewhere!
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
No question, antiques and genuine vintage finds add an air of authenticity to any project. I love to toss in an unexpected piece even in the boldest modern designs. They take the edge off. They add life and style and a sense of curation rather than just a room full of brand spanking new goods. I like a room to have a sense of history and a story, nothing achieves that quite like including vintage in the mix.
What inspires you?
This may sound cliché, but I find inspiration everywhere! I can be at the farm stand in Southampton on a summer day and get an idea for a room from a display of flowers or produce…I love fashion, travel, the beach. Miami beach is a regular respite of mine in the winter. When I’m there all sorts of ideas com flooding in when I allow myself to unwind and relax. Also, the cinema. Watching the great films of the 40’s is one of the places I first discovered I loved interiors. While everyone else was oohing and ahhing over Bogart in Casablanca I was flipping over those chairs in his office! And the sets on The Philadelphia Story were to die for….
What is a “Design Rule” you love to break?
Well, I remember someone telling me it wasn’t “right” to mix patterns and boy did that ever inspire me! I am known for my fearless use of pattern on pattern, there is an art to it for sure, but I think the mix is much more interesting than the match.
What is your favorite LUXList piece and why? How would you use it?
Thomas Stearns Murano Glass vase. I completely flipped OUT over that groovy Murano glass vase by Thomas Sterns. The shape is perfect, the color blocking is exquisite and of course in comes in my favorite Italian Red, White & Green…Bellisimo!.
About Anthony Baratta
Anthony Baratta is without question one of most celebrated and respected interior designers of the day with a global following of an unprecedented number of loyal and steadfast fans. Baratta began his design career over thirty years ago after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in art history. Combining his talents with William Diamond; their firm, Diamond Baratta Design, was known for its colorful and luxurious interiors. It wasn’t long before the duo became media sensations capturing over 40 magazine covers and countless editorial placements in luxury shelter and lifestyle publications. Anthony’s celebrated projects, profiles, and designs have been featured worldwide in such magazines as Architectural Digest, Cottages & Gardens, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Traditional Home, Veranda, and iconic World of Interiors. His own homes have appeared in the New York Times Magazine on three separate occasions, and in recent years world class international magazines have honored Tony with numerous awards and accolades for his good works. Baratta’s signature East Coast-Chic style along with his charming demeanor and gracious humility have solidified his place in design history.
Anthony’s work has been celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now. Baratta was also named one of Traditional Homes “20 Design Icons” and awarded Benjamin Moore’s coveted “Hue Award” for lifetime achievement in design. Anthony also joins Annie Oakley and Martha Stewart in the Nutley, NJ Hall of Fame. Baratta now turns his design expertise to creating spectacular new licensing collections with industry leaders. Excitement is in the air since his spring 2016 High Point Market launch! Anthony’s long-awaited furniture collection with the venerable all-American Thomasville Furniture brand came to fruition with a resounding, overwhelmingly successful debut. The celebrated launch consists of a 40++ collection of upholstery, case pieces, mirrors and accent furniture. The signature offering consists of time-tested iconic pieces pulled from Baratta’s impressive archives with new creations scattered throughout the mix. In addition, Anthony’s signature bedding collections with industry leader Wildcat Territory created a spot-on Baratta branded environment in the Thomasville showroom. The initial two collections, Starboard and Westhampton, are the perfect complement to his bedroom furnishings for retailers and designers alike. Next on the docket? A spectacular collection of custom Baratta rug designs with another iconic, all- American company; Capel Rugs, due to launch fall 2017 at High Point Market. Everything from new fabrics, art, lighting, tabletop and more under the Anthony Baratta brand coming soon! Anthony is thrilled to be working on his third book, which will be a look towards the future of his new ventures and most recent projects and collaborations. His two former books with William, Diamond Baratta Design, Bullfinch Press and All-American, Pointed Leaf Press focused on pure project magic. This latest library addition will revolve around what’s new and what’s next for Anthony Baratta.
A designer for the ages, Tony looks forward to many more years of creating jaw-dropping and inspiring interiors around the world; and creating chic, fresh, and affordable home décor for his followers and fans alike.