A B O U T
Since 2001 when he opened his Manhattan-based designed firm, Philip Gorrivan has become known worldwide for stylish interiors that marry elegant historical references with sophisticated modernism. From a gracious Park Avenue apartment or a sleek downtown loft to a rambling country home, Philip creates spaces that effortlessly reflect his clients' needs and dreams.
He doesn't merely decorate; instead his goal is something deeper: creating a unique, authentic narrative. Using a vivid yet refined sense of color, a palette of textures and an exquisite eye for objects, art and furnishings, his work transcends period and milieu. His vision often includes antiques that range from the 18th century to French modern, but his tailored arrangements are always redolent with an up-to-date sensibility. He is a master of creating ambiance with surprising simple gestures, merely lacquering a wall and placing in front of it a perfect object. With unfailing attention to scale, he takes chances and injects a jolt of glamour, but never forgets that a room ultimately needs to reflect the inner life of those that inhabit it.
Raised in Maine by a French Moroccan mother and a traditional New England father, his taste was born of these two strands: exotic eclecticism and classic elegance. Philips' clients range throughout the globe; recent commissions include a New York residence for members of the Kuwaiti royal family, a townhouse in London's South Kensington neighborhood, an apartment in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement, and a large family home in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.
Celebrated in countless design magazines – including Elle Décor, House Beautiful, The New York Times and Luxe Magazine – he has been a frequent guest on the Nate Berkus show and LXTV's Open House, and a contributing editor for Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. He has also been invited to participate in the nation's premier showcases, including the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse and the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Most recently, he designed a room in the fabled Doheny Mansion in Beverly Hills.
In addition to his interiors, Philip has a successful fabric collection for Duralee, a wallpaper and rug collection through Holland & Sherry, lighting for Best & Lloyd and beds for luxury sleep collection Savoir Beds. Currently he is developing a new fabric and furniture collection with Baker Furniture, to be launched in the Summer 2017.
Philip and his family reside in Manhattan and London, and keep a country home in Connecticut's bucolic Litchfield Hills. He is involved in several charities, including DIFFA, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.