From a very young age, Eric was acutely aware of the built environment around him, and by the age of twelve, he was sketching houses on the family road trips, and trying to figure out their plans. He attended Syracuse University, where he majored in Architecture and minored in Interior Design, as he was always concerned with the entirety of design. He won a fellowship to study in Florence with Luisa Becherucci (fifty years the director of the Ufizzi Museum), Ugo Procacci (fifty years head of restoration of all artwork in Tuscany), and Rab Hatfield (Italian Renaissance Scholar). This experience galvanized in Eric the importance of color, scale, craft and composition.
Upon moving to New York, Eric first worked with Angelo Donghia, where he learned the importance of a disciplined approach to design. He went on to work with Patrick Naggar for nearly eight years, and learned much about furniture design and worked on projects in a variety of styles. He then worked with Thierry Despont for thirteen years, where he went on to become an Associate and head Interior Designer. There he learned the art of unparalleled service and level of taste. Projects there included homes and hotels for some of the most prestigious names in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He worked on projects as diverse as a modern home in Palm Beach which was a testament to the owner’s artwork and a high level of craft, to a beach house in Martha’s Vineyard furnished with vintage Haywood Wakefield and Dunbar, an updated traditional Grand Maison in San Francisco furnished with Louis XIV and Louis XVI period antiques mixed with custom pieces complementing the antiques, to a large home in the Pacific Northwest that had to function as a grand public entertaining space, an intimate family home, and at the same time, incorporate technology which was far ahead of the market. As a result, Eric is as comfortable designing the space and finishes as he is designing the furniture and accessories for any residential project.
Presently, Eric is working on projects in New York on Park Avenue, Tribeca and on the Upper West Side, in Nashville, Tennessee, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, and in Greenwich, Connecticut for a clientele that is both discriminating and discreet. He is also working on a line of furniture and carpets which will be offered to an exclusive clientele.