Modern Mid-Century Aesthetics by Kevin Dumais
Meet Kevin Dumais, a New York and Connecticut based interior design, and discover his sophisticated projects tailor-made by his full-range studio. From modern Mid-century aesthetics to edited, metropolitan atmospheres, read about his unique creative process and influences.
New York and Connecticut based designer Kevin Dumais approached the world of interiors after his degree at the New England School of Art and Design, and has over sixteen years of experience in the industry. He opened his eponymous firm in 2009, and has since worked on a number of international projects and his own line of handmade ceramics, Dumais Made.
His style is a balance combination of sophisticated elements and relaxed additions, inspired by Mid-century aesthetics and a love for antiques, rich textures and cool hues, where metropolitan influences create modern and elegant ambiences.
Read our interview with Kevin on Artemest magazine and discover his unique creative process, his personal signature across all projects and his views on trends and the industry.
How did you first become involved in the world of interior design? Tell us your story.
Six weeks before the start of my freshman year, I received a letter that the fashion design program I signed up for had been canceled due to low demand at the school that year. I had to pick a new major and fast, luckily, they had an interior design program that seemed to offer a creative career path I was looking for. After only spending one year in that program, I knew the world of interior design was the right choice. I set my sites on the prospects of moving to bigger cities where I honed my skills at firms in Boston then New York, the rest is history.
How would you describe your personal style and what’s the personal signature that makes your projects unique?
Tailored, calm, and edited. My aesthetic is inspired by mid-century and based on classic principles of design. I try to balance grace with comfort so that the spaces feel effortless and well-suited to a modern lifestyle.
Where do you draw inspiration for your projects?
First, I take cues from the client, get a sense of their personal style, and then apply my aesthetic to create an interior that feels unique to their lifestyle yet distinctive to my brand. When in doubt, I turn to the glossy pages of the books in my reference library.
What’s the decorative piece you enjoy the most selecting or styling for your client’s and why?
I have a fetish for chairs and lamps. Both items are essential needs when creating a home, they provide comfort and light. They can also add all the personality and essence of home you are looking for.
Supporting the art and skill of craftsmanship keeps old world techniques fresh and small businesses open.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why?
In the earlier days of running my own studio, I was commissioned to design a 10,000 square foot home in the Hamptons, carte blanche. I had four months to do it and given an Amex with my name on it. A designer’s dream come true.
What do you think is going to be the next big trend in interior design?
I feel the open floor plan is less intriguing, and people want the separation of rooms and the division of space so that our homes can quickly adapt to the changes in our routines. This also includes the need forwell-appointed home offices.
Do you have an interior design master you look up to?
I love the minimalist approach and sensibility of Jean Michele Frank, his understated yet luxurious interiors have always inspired me.