Tuesday, April 03, 2012


Very few designers have the ability to satisfy one’s dream of decorating the residence and workplace perfect. Jamie Drake is one such name. The architect of some of the country’s most glamorous spaces, this New York-based designer believes and manifests the truth that the best décor expresses one’s personality and place.

Known for his exuberant color sense and eyes for perfection, his practical approach to planning, with equal talent in traditional and modern styles, Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments.

Drake was allured by color and design so much that he began his career as a high school student from an early age with one of the New York metropolitan area’s leading contract design firms. While at Parson’s, he interned in Angelo Donghia’s office. He launched his namesake, a multidiscipline firm, Drake Design Associates, immediately after graduation.

In the thirty-plus years since, he has gained fame following countless interiors for an impressive roster of clients. Notable residences include a Los Angeles showplace for Madonna, apartments in the Dakota and other historic New York landmark buildings, and multiple projects for his long time client New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including the renovation of Gracie Mansion, the Mayor’s ceremonial residence, and various rooms at City Hall. Recent commercial work includes a from-the-ground-up medical facility in Florida and a private foundation in New York City.

Drake’s shelf is now adorned by industry honors which include his 2011 induction into the ASID College of Fellows as well as his 2003 triple crown: the Interior Design Magazine’s Interior Design Hall of Fame, the IFDA New York Circle of Excellence for Interior Design, and the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year. A recipient of the 2000 D&D Designers of Distinction Award, he sits on several prestigious boards, among them the New York Community Trust and the Historic House Trust Directors’ Council.  He is an active member of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID and recipient of its Presidential Citation and Platinum Award, he was its vice president from 1994–1996. Drake, who received a Partnership for the Homeless Director’s Award in 2008, has long been deeply involved in good causes. He currently serves as the Chair of The Alpha Workshops, where he has been a board member for more than a decade.

In a recent tete-a tete with us, he shares his story and we remain mesmerised! Get Design struck!

Read the entire conversation in the current issue of our magazine.


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