You could call this week’s LUXList Designer Claire Ratliff an antique connoisseur. A Design Partner at New-York-based Cullman & Kravis, Claire brings her in-depth knowledge of classical Southern style and traditional designs to the table. With a passion for antiques, Claire picks pieces that add complexity to a space and help tell a story. Learn more about this queen of antiques and how she takes gems of the past along with her as she evolves with the times.
See which RubyLUX pieces Claire has chosen and how they can inspire your own!
Spanish Colonial Enconchado Chest SOLD (Similar piece: 18th century Peruvian tortoiseshell table cabinet)
Period Commode in Coromandel lacquer
Veronese 1950s White and Gold Pair of Sconces by Andre Arbus
1. Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
Transitional with a splash eclecticism and a little bit of Texas traditional thrown in.
2. What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
I love using antiques in my designs because they give a bit of soul and personality. So much design today hits just one note, but antiques add depth and interest to any style of room. A wonderful antique piece is like a special treasure that no one else has, and it usually has a story or a memory behind it.
3. What inspires you?
The interior design industry inspires me. I enjoy working in a business that is constantly changing and evolving, and I especially love that it is an industry where women really thrive and can be at the top of the game.
4. What is your favorite LUXList piece and why? How would you use it?
I chose the commode with 17th century Chinese Coromandel lacquer panels because it jumped off the screen at me. It’s literally jewelry for a room and could mix into so many styles- I can see it looking very at home in a traditional estate or fitting perfectly in a modern “glass box” penthouse where it would read almost like sculpture or art.
Claire Ratliff, Design Partner at New York based Cullman & Kravis, developed her love of interior design in her hometown of Austin, TX where she was exposed to classical Southern style through her mother, a designer and avid antique collector. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, Claire continued her studies as a graduate student in London where she became well versed in art history and design. Claire worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects for several years before joining C&K in 2001 and has been a pivotal contributor to the firm’s success, highlighted by her designs for the Colorado Ranch and the historic John Volk home in Palm Beach, Florida. Recognized for her expertise in antiques, Claire is an annual participant in Europe’s finest antique shows and artfully marries architecture and furnishings in all spaces. She has a gift for color theory which is evident in the lively yet elegant residences she’s completed.