Meet the Design Market Digest 2016 Honorees: Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
This gorgeous library doubles as an office—and a serene space to have a drink.

When the founder of Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC, takes on a new project, she first reflects on a home’s past. “Every house has a history or a story, even if it is brand new. The architecture is my primary focus, as well as the land which the house is nestled in,” says Hirsch. She will examine the details, from paneling to wood flooring to original ceiling treatments, and identify ways to enhance them. With the house in these photos, she focused her work around existing water views. “Everyday is a changing back drop so I wanted to embrace the interior, capture moments of the exterior, yet add a bit of femininity which reflects the home owner,” says Hirsch.

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
“To be surrounded by the view of Long Island Sound and the marsh—what’s not to love?” says Hirsch.

The designer’s path started as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, where many of her professors were architects rather than designers. “I feel my foundation was more structured than a painterly, artsy approach,” says Hirsch. Even then, she had her eye on building her brand. “I always knew I wanted to own my own business, but never thought it would happen so fast.”

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
Comfortable sofas are covered in a sage green mohair and paired with a durable extra large coffee table.

Hirsch is well known in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as farther flung locales like Boca Raton and Montana, for her style, which she describes as “tailored and masculine, subtle and unexpected.” Those unique characteristics take time to pull together and Hirsch says she makes it a priority to speak with new clients about realistic timelines. “This is an investment and should be about the longevity, not about instant gratification. The creative process has to be organic and fluid. Everyone is excited, however, the process needs time to curate,” says Hirsch.

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
Elegant place settings from Hoaglands of Greenwich

Part of the process, of course, is inspiration—and Hirsch finds it everywhere. “I believe you have to be open and sensitive to every sensation you encounter. I take so much from the architecture, land and the client,” says Hirsch. “They are the initial start to the entire process.”

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
Brass accents create a chic lounge area in the master bedroom.

Listening to those clients, says Hirsh, is ultimately paramount. “If I am not listening, then the clients’ expectations will not be met. It’s simple: The design should not be about the interior designer and her style, it has to be a reflection of the clients and their needs,” says Hirsch. “It’s critical to pay attention to simple things a client says at any given moment.”

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
Trowbridge Gallery embroidered prints hang above the breakfast bar.

While she particularly loves working on second homes—“the design is more liberating and you may do things differently then you would in your primary house”—her dream project would be her own, “a home which is expressive of myself and my family.” This future endeavor, she says, will be a compilation of all that she has seen and done in her illustrious career. “I see so many beautiful things in the world and it will be interesting to see how I edit and focus on the right selections from the ground up,” says Hirsch. “You would think it would be easy—but I think it will be the most challenging of projects yet.”

Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
This gorgeous library doubles as an office—and a serene space to have a drink.

 

Speed round  with Amy Aidinis Hirsch

One word that describes you: Edgy

Your top design tip: Push the envelope.

What you’d do, if not in the design world: Fashion or photography

Favorite restaurant in the area: Winfield’s—but you need a ferry to get there!

Favorite cocktail: Margarita with lots of salt

People would be surprised to know: I love art deco.

A home should be filled with: Laughter

Favorite room in your home: We are house hunting—so I will let you know!

What you enjoy most about your work: Creative independence

Best design book: ABCDCS: David Collins Studio, by David Collins

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