Tara Shaw Maison
Craig Mulcahy PHOTOGRAPH
Tara Shaw, a self-taught importer, designer and manufacturer, is a prominent figure in the design community. Her signature style of anchoring a room with timeless Old World pieces mixed with sophisticated, contemporary art and upholstery has open the door to HGTV, covers of national magazines and designing celebrity homes.
What current trend excites you? The fact that there are no current trends in design excites me. We work with clients who feel more comfortable surrounded with high-end contemporary furnishings and a clean minimal esthetic. And, clients who love layers of one-of-a-kind antique finds and those that are art aficionados who need a complementary palette for their collections. In other words, discovering who you are through design is not based on a trend.
What is one of the more unique items you carry or services you offer? I believe one of the special services we offer is manufacturing anything a client could desire. We use many custom items in our projects.
How would you describe your design esthetic? Working in Europe for over 20 years, in France, Italy, Sweden and Belgium, has influenced the depth of my design. I believe the more you travel and the more you experience different levels and inspirations of design, the more tools you have in your design tool bag. You never know what you might pull from experience. It could be the beautiful mosaic tile that line the 16th century buildings in Turkey or the rich but informal life style of the Italians or the modern Danish influence of mid-century designs that melds beautifully with European antiques and can also easily stands alone.