The Local Vault: Interview with Amy Hirsch

I recently sat down with Local Vault for an interview and as a guest curator.

The Local Vault is a really cool marketplace in Greenwich that buys and sells pre-owned local decor while also showcasing the talent of area artists and vendors.  They specialize in bespoke furniture as well as unique vintage finds, all of which is carefully curated by an expert staff.  I recently sat down with Local Vault for an interview and as a guest curator.  Here is that interview along with my curated product choices.  Hope you enjoy!

Interview with Amy Hirsch

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Here at the Local Vault we have been so inspired by the surge of fabulous items we have in stock this Summer, that to showcase them, we have a brand new website we couldn’t be more excited to share!

To celebrate the launch of our new site, we sat down with one of our all time favorite interior designers, Amy Hirsh, to talk personal style, the zen element of her office that she can’t live without and find out her must have item this Summer.

But we couldn’t just stick to talking when we could be shopping with Amy! We invited her to shop our current collection and here she shares her top picks. From chic silver modern lamps in the Bauhaus style to a stunning rare pair of vintage Edward Wormley for Drexel Lounge Chairs circa 1947, we think you will love Amy’s selections as much as we do.

Antique Sofa with Wood Frame

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Crackled Celadon Gourd Lamp

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Jax Cocktail Table by Lucy Smith

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TLV: What is the best piece of advice that has impacted your life as a designer?

AH: Total communication and transparency with a client.  It’s important to have a healthy understanding between the two parties. The more information a client can convey allows for a better design journey.  As well for myself and my team to be realistic with the expectations of the client. You never want to kill the spirit of design, it’s an intimate process so the more open and as much information provided is best.

Verellen Dark Grey Suede Ottoman with Wood Base

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Quadrille Pillows Set of 2

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Niermann Weeks Beaton Mirror

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TLV: What architect or style of architecture are you most drawn to?

AH: Lately, I find myself looking at Australian architecture – the architecture is more modern, streamlined yet still holding core traditional roots. Urban, open spacial plans connecting the land to the interior of the house.

Vintage Art Deco Klismos Style Black Chair Pair

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The Rug Company Karsan Sui Taupe Wool Rug

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Decorative Box Set of 3

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TLV: What is the essential element of any room?

AH: The foundation of a room – especially with well executed architecture, even in the simplest form.  The backdrop is so critical for making a room work properly. We provide so many layers to a room it is important to understand scale, proportion and circulation of the spaces.

Leather Dessin Fournir Barrel Chair Set

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Bauhaus Style Silver Plate Floor Lamp Pair

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Wool Overdyed Rug

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TLV: What are some ways people can quickly update their houses for summer?

AH: I love inserting light cashmere throws – they are great for cool nights. Plus, it is a good way to add color without feeling as if you have to keep it.  Pillows are the other easy fix – a light weight linen for the summer can change the mood completely. For the kitchen, new table settings, wine glass or pool bar ware – let me tell you the things you will find at home goods! I absolutely love my new lavender wine glasses!

Rare Vintage Edward Wormley for Drexel Lounge Chairs

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Chin Hua Ordos Cocktail Table from Century Furniture

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Circle 1 by Martin Pelenur

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TLV: What item or element of design in your home makes you most happy?

AH: At this moment I am in a temporary situation so the thought of a new home makes me happy.  When I am at my studio, I have a beautiful accent wall of 10” wide walnut planks. They are bare with a hint of stain applied and nothing is hung on top of them, they are a true form of art and always bring me peace.

Niedermaier Tiffany Chair

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Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt Dining Table

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Round Zebra Mirror

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TLV: How would you describe your personal style?

AH: I like to think that I am very simple, tailored but with a bit of an edge. Personally, I am influenced by Alexander McQueen and Helmut Lang on the fashion front.

TLV: Do you have any design rules you follow?

AH: There is no true formula or rule I follow.  To be honest, I always follow my intuition and gut instinct – it never fails. When something is unsettling with in, it just means I have to keep working on the space or selections.

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Greenwich based Amy Hirsch of Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design is known for her innovative take on furnishings and materials and her understanding and expert execution of architectural detail.