“As a designer it is not my only responsibility to create a uniquely beautiful interior but also to design an environment into which the client enters and immediately feels comforted and comfortable; home. – Darrin Varden
Darrin Varden Design creates timeless interiors without limitations to any specific style, trend or period. Darrin gathers inspiration from fashion, art, and history and uses juxtaposition as a tool create an intriguing dynamic between furnishings, textiles, art, lighting and architecture. He provides clients with homes that fit their needs and fulfill their dreams.
Even during childhood there were clues that he was born to design interiors. “I was always rearranging the furniture the second my parents would leave,” says the designer. His mentors in the design world include noted designer/architect Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and famed design star Jamie Drake. Darrin joined BNO Design as a design assistant while still a student at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon graduation he became a designer at Charles Klein for two years and then a senior designer at Drake Design Associates for six years before launching Darrin Varden Design in spring 2013.
A pillar of his practice is his deep respect for fine handcraft and devotion to partnering with artists and artisans to incorporate superb custom elements. He has completed multiple projects in New York’s historic Apthorp building and other landmark structures around Manhattan as well as in the Hamptons, and has completed projects in New Jersey and Washington, DC.
Darrin’s public installations include rooms for Lenox/Bilotta event “Art of the Table,” 2013 and 2015 “Holiday House NYC” to benefit breast cancer research, table-scapes to benefit the American Red Cross of Greenwich and DIFFA’s Dining by Design (with Lladro and The New York Times) and a permanent install of a guest suite at Project Design to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Darrin was named among the “Rising Stars of Design” by the International Furnishings and Design Association, and his work has appeared in Traditional Home, Lonny, Forbes, InStyle, New York Spaces, New York Cottages and Gardens, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens and in numerous design blogs including Quintessence, 1st Dibs, Viyet Blog and The Editor at Large.