An architect and designer extraordinaire, Suzanne Lovell is defined by her professionalism as well as great expertise, a result of more than twenty five years of experience in the industry. Alumni of Virginia Tech’s top architecture program, Lovell takes great care to make sure to address the needs of her clients first, concentrating on their personality rather than her own taste: “Understanding the client always comes first, often times learning about their art collection and style.
Then it is a process of translation, taking their personality and translating it into architecture, materials and color. The final step is always envisioning how the home feels from every chair, each space should have a unique but curated completion.”.
As a designer, Lovell is a creator of highly personalized spaces with their beauty emphasized by unique details and mixes of different cultures’ styles. Despite all this, she manages to keep the symmetry of her interiors. She hates being restricted in any way: “I don’t have much interest in pure stylistic or strict cultural design solutions. I prefer to weave together something for the clients that’s about them.”. This guaranteed her the place among the best architects and designers, included in Architectural Digest’s AD100. When not designing interiors, Lovell shows her passion for crafting by creating new collections of custom-made furniture, rugs and textiles. When talking about her personal style, Lovell states that : ” I’m enthusiastic about the world of color, and fine art and object that offers us opportunity for an expressive interior.”. As to her inspirations, she named her great aunt Alice, a former head of the box and bottle design for Seagram’s Liquors in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Through her numerous travels, Lovell established a web of contacts with talented artisans, artists and craftsmen who cooperate with her on many occasions.
Her Chicago-based company, Suzanne Lovell Inc, composes of twenty talented professionals who are educated not only in design, but also business administration and fine art. The firm’s thoughtful approach, which includes hours of detailed research, ensured loyalty of its ever-growing clientele and many publications in renowned magazines, such as Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful and Interiors Magazine. Residential architecture and design take a vast space of Suzanne Lovell Inc’s portfolios, which is no surprise, since the company specializes in them. The enterprise takes part in art, antiques and auctions in order to include them in the projects: “Historic pieces lend credibility to the knowledge required for collecting modern and contemporary fine art today.” said Lovell during one of her interviews.
Besides being famed architect and designer, Lovell is a keynote speaker, often giving lectures about gathering and creating collections of fine art which she uses in her projects. She is also a member of the Director’s Vision Council of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design.
Her first monograph, Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections, was published in October 2011 and the document about her company, Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections, had its premiere the same year.