For the seventh-annual Hearst Designer Visions, the Hearst Design Group—ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful and VERANDA—is set to collaborate with acclaimed interior designers to create three apartments at Chelsea’s Walker Tower (212 West 18th Street) in New York City this fall. Each of the magazines has partnered with a top interior designer who will design an apartment in the luxury building reflecting the magazine's unique style and point of view.
Alessandra Branca for ELLE DÉCOR
Rome-born designer Alessandra Branca learned at an early age that classical beauty was meant to be intermingled with everyday life, and that the well-lived life takes place not in stiff and serious surroundings, but in artful structures graced with a comfortable elegance and wit. Her honors include ELLE DECOR’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 A List and House Beautiful’s Master Class.
Branca launches her first fabric collection this September as well as a collection of home and fashion accessories in an exclusive debut at Bergdorf Goodman. With wide-ranging interiors and product development projects for a global clientele, she divides her time between New York, Rome, Harbour Island and Chicago, where she founded her design firm, Branca, in 1981.
Jamie Drake for House Beautiful
Jamie Drake, New York-based designer and owner of Drake Design Associates, is renowned for his exuberant color sense, his eye for the unique and telling detail, his practical approach to planning, and his equal facility in traditional and modern styles. Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments, and has designed spaces for numerous celebrity clients and notables, including multiple projects for his longtime client, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Drake's industry honors include being named a House Beautiful Master Class designer in 2012, his 2011 induction into the ASID College of Fellows as well as being named to 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. Drake is an active member of the New York Chapter of ASID and recipient of its Presidential Citation and Platinum Award. He 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.
Carlos Aparicio for VERANDA
Designer Carlos Aparicio is principal and founder of Aparicio + Associates, a full-service architectural firm that focuses on elegant residential and commercial projects. A+A works in a boutique fashion with clients to create considered and sophisticated environments that maintain the highest standards of execution. Born in Cuba, Aparicio has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University. He is also owner of Gallery BAC, which he founded in 2001, offering a curated selection of 20th century European antiques.
Chelsea’s Walker Tower at 212 West 18th Street
A date for the gala opening will be announced in the coming weeks. Following the opening, the Designer Visions residences will host a series of exclusive events through the end of the year. Also, each apartment will be featured editorially in its respective magazine in fall or winter issues. A virtual tour and behind-the-scenes video, as well as feature interviews with the editors and designers, sponsor information and resources will be available online this fall.