Interior designers Louisa Pierce (right) and Emily Ward (left) met in 2012 at an East Village bar in Manhattan. There, they bonded over their love of Art Deco lines and eccentric interiors. This initial bond ultimately led the duo to officially join design forces, becoming one of the most sought-after design duos to date, dubbed Pierce & Ward. Their eclectic designs have caught the eyes of many a famous client, with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, and Kate Hudson commissioning the pair to design their most intimate spaces. The firm has also been named to Architectural Digest's AD100 2019, an esteemed list featuring today's top talent in architecture and design.
Given their unique aesthetic, it’s easy to see why elite clientele are so drawn to Pierce & Ward. The pair merges glamor with comfort and vintage treasures with new pieces to create spaces that feel equally chic and worldly without sacrificing a warm, homespun feel. Describing their interiors, Pierce told HouseBeautiful, ”Our rooms aren’t overly pretty. They’re a little dark, a little weird.”
The result of their combined style sensibilities are dynamic spaces that are warm, layered, chic, and never boring. Viewing a Pierce & Ward design is like going on a treasure hunt, the longer you look, the more compelling details that you’ll find. Avid collectors, the pair always infuses their designs with rare gems that make every space they create look and feel entirely unique.
Below are just a few Pierce & Ward-designed spaces to give you an idea of just how uniquely talented this coveted design duo is.
This charming bathroom, with its clawfoot tub and vintage chandelier, showcases the duo’s knack for playing with period pieces to elevate an interior.
The pair is never afraid to go bold, as evidenced by these stunning black-and-white walls, which give the space an other-worldly quality.
Showcasing the duo’s eye for layered details, you could spend hours in this space and still find something new the next time you see it.
The mixed metals and contemporary pieces in this bathroom give it a distinctly rock-and-roll feel, a defining characteristic of Pierce & Ward’s aesthetic.
With its eclectic mix of elements, periods, and styles, this office is a perfect example of Pierce & Ward’s willingness to break conventional design rules to create unique spaces.
Fun Facts About Pierce & Ward (as told to One Kings Lane)
- Their favorite flea-market find is a 19th century antique lion chair
- The duo believes every room needs a dimmer switch
- Nature is the pair’s biggest inspiration
- Their favorite restaurant is Speranza in Los Angeles
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