The multihyphenate Todd Hase splits his days between being a sought-after interior designer while also fronting Todd Hase Furniture, Inc. — a furniture line that includes a full collection of upholstery, tables, casegoods, accessories, lighting and textiles. Todd is known for his blend of vintage and contemporary inspirations, both in his furnishings and interiors. The Todd Hase | Home showrooms and interior design projects have been embraced by celebrity clientele, designers, the press and home shopping customers alike.
You can capture Todd’s handsome and traditional design sense through his personally consigned pieces on Sotheby’s Home, including a mixture of his own line along with unique pieces collected over the course of his travels.
How did you discover your passion for/what drew you to interior design?
I originally studied architecture and then switched majors to interior design and furniture design. I had started an antique business at the age of 13, so I was always drawn to interiors.
What is your design approach and/or philosophy?
Having a full working knowledge of antiques as a young teenager, I wanted to incorporate classic shapes and forms to modern furniture, so I created my collection of furnishings—this was one of the first transitional collections at the time. I wanted my collection of furniture to work well with antiques as well as very modern furnishings and art.
How does being a furniture designer inform your interior design choices?
I have a natural ability to understand scale and dimensions. This also helps in the creative process when selecting what goes into designing a space or interior—everything from period antiques, fabric selections, window treatments and furniture plans.
Your furnishings are known for how they transcend time, being both contemporary and referencing the past all at once. How do you incorporate these different eras—Hollywood Regency, Mid-Century Modern, Americana, Gothic—and still keep it cohesive?
I have an extensive knowledge of historical periods of furniture and antiques. I always have embraced the past and select key elements when creating new products. To this day, we have never discontinued a design. We simply continue to add to the collection as new trends evolve. We like to say our collections are timeless, as I always use classical forms.
Is there anything specific you look for when buying a vintage lamp?
Shape and color. Lamps are a great way to add personality to a room or interior. Vintage lamps are an easy way to add some “chic”!
Your consignment features a fun selection of foo dog figurines—why do you think you are drawn to them?
Foo dogs are a personal favorite of mine. I have an extensive collection at my home in Palm Beach as well as at my château in Normandy. Each pair is totally different, and some have such personalities!
Who or what has inspired your work and style the most?
Billy Baldwin would be my most inspirational American designer and Emilio Terry in France. And of course, classic French design rules in my vocabulary.
When someone finds out what you do, what question do they always ask you?
The most common question is how did I get started, and I always say I never knew anything different, having started at 13! What I love most is that I am as eager to learn something new today as I did when I was a young teenager.
When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
I love to read design books! This always calms me. I also love to cook, especially healthy food—this is always a great stress relief. I am a firm believer that a healthy diet can help you overcome most anything.
What takes a lot of time, but is totally worth it?
Flying to Paris from Miami, even if it is just for a few nights—it is totally worth it!!!!
What personality trait has gotten you into the most trouble?
Shopping in the Paris puces (“flea markets”)—it’s a killer. You and your pocketbook can get into a lot of trouble! But it is worth it!
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or watched this week?
SCHITT’S CREEK!!!! IT’S THE BEST SHOW EVER!!
Please pick three of your favorite items you are consigning and share with us: what’s special about that piece, how do you see this piece being used in its next setting or any special story surrounding the piece.
1. The pair of oversized Asian pagodas—you will never find another pair!
2. The tessellated bone coffee table by Enrique Garcel—just fabulous!
3. The pair of Todd Hase burlap wrapped nightstand dressers in anthracite gray—they would be a moody addition to any bedroom.