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Publication Date: 2014-02-19


Designer Office: Russell Groves

What's on an architect's desk? Russell Groves, principal of the Manhattan architecture and interiors firm S. Russell Groves, shows us the items that help him get inspired.


Your office is very organized without feeling sparse. What are some of the items that inspire you?


I admire the early and mid-century modernists and always keep a bit of inspiration close. Two of my favorites are Jean Michel Frank and Carl Aubock. There is a certain level of materiality in their designs that consistently informs our approach.

Inspiration Board

My inspiration board is a fluid canvas—constantly evolving and expanding week by week. Currently, I have some images from our very own Crystalline Icicle Swarovski Lighting Collection, our furniture line, as well as our favorite projects. In addition, Nakashima’s work is in the front and center---you can never have too much Nakashima!

Materials Palette

I like to keep tactile elements at hand. A material I am currently fascinated by is a burnished bronze travertine we recently incorporated into our Reserve project at the Morgans Hotel. It is an unexpected, bold material which makes a profoundly elegant statement.


When it comes to flowers I am more of a romantic than a modernist; I tend to prefer lush flowers, such as tulips, peonies, and hydrangeas, all of which are soft and full of beautiful color. Of course, we always use them in a very modern way—one flower type, or bold, organic shape contrasted by a highly geometric vase.


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