Zoë Feldman’s design aesthetic is a modernized classicism influenced by art, fashion, architecture and, of course, each individual client. Through a series of discussions and surveys, she learns the style, needs and desires of the client to create a timeless, functional and unique environment.
How did you discover your passion for design?
I grew up in a contemporary home filled with Mid-Century modern furniture and Pop art. My grandparents were art collectors and eventually art dealers. Design and art were sort of just always around me. I guess you could say, it’s in my blood.
What is your favorite decorative object at home?
I use these sculptural hands as hooks in my entry for coats, keys and other things. I love them because they are both functional and arty. I’ve started to make all of my clients use them too (I’m very bossy like this). They have become our signature piece.
Is design an art or a science?
Both—to be good, it has to be both. For me, it goes back to form following function. As designers, we make things and spaces beautiful, and that’s the art part. But it all must work. We study the space, the piece, the flow, the layout. We test it. We tweak it. And that’s the science behind it.
Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
I always love a saffron yellow moment—the organic nature of this color goes with almost any palette. I’m also currently loving a plaster pink and earthy red combo. And I always dig an animal print.
When do you consider a completed project a success?
When the client walks into their space and feels heard. They notice all the details we implemented to help make their space more functional and comfortable. And when they start making the guest list for their housewarming party!
Share your biggest design secret.
Paint and hardware can make any piece chic. Literally any piece.
What is the most common design mistake you see?
Rugs that are too small and curtains that are too short.
How do you balance style, comfort and functionality?
Before anything else, the space has to function. But not every single piece has to function at the same level. We make sure the “work horses” are comfortable and usable, but that in no way means we sacrifice style—ever. We are lucky that when it comes to design, you can have it all as long as you are willing to put in the work.
Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture)
No—it can shift with each project. I typically start with a muse or a moment of inspiration. This can be a piece of art, a rug, a color palette—really anything that gives the room direction.
What do you think about Sotheby’s Home?
I think it is an amazing resource that fully aligns with our sustainability initiative as well as our aesthetics—a perfect fit for us.