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Episode 190: John Barman

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John Barman renowned for injecting contemporary glamour into traditional architecture takes a twenty-first century approach to interiors, seamlessly mixing period décor and antiques alongside modern furnishings, creating a look with an edge.  His career in interior design spans over 20 years with a concentration in modern high-end residential projects. His New York City based design firm, John Barman Inc. takes a very personal and individual approach to each project, with much of the inspiration coming from the client.  As stated in the front page of the New York Times, Barman is one of the “coveted” NYC decorators.  The firm has been recognized for creating approachable, luxurious interior spaces that are clearly and cleanly defined.  A love and appreciation for architectural detail, and a considerable knowledge of 20th century design, furniture and art are manifested in his work.

Barman is known for his clear-cut, sophisticated style, bold new ideas, and a strong point of view. He favors handsome, crisp lines, the unrestrained use of strong, resonant color; new uses for traditional materials; and the successful marriage of functionality and fine detailing.

Both a classicist and modernist Barman confidently stimulates the senses with interiors that are cultured and elegant, striking perfect balance between the sumptuous and the seriously hip.  Barman repeatedly examines definitive moments in art and design to bring original perspective to his work. He is inspired by powerful simplicity in the style of David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Jansen, Knoll, and Dunbar.  Spaces typically feature shapely and distinctive focal points such as colorful art glass collections, and objects with historical significance placed in new contexts and rooms designed around a single piece of art.

Recognized as one of the innovative giants in this field, Barman has been continually honored as one of the “AD100″ by Architectural Digest magazine, “The City’s Best 100 Architects and Decorators” by New York magazine, and “Top 50 New York Designers” by New York Spaces. Barman’s interiors have appeared in Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest France, Architectural Digest Germany, Elle Décor, Interior Design, The New York Times, New York Spaces, Veranda and Traditional Home, among others.  His work has also been published in books including City Living, Design in the Hamptons, Understanding Modern, Contemporary Glamour, House & Garden: Book of Style, and his monograph John Barman Interior Design.

Barman’s renowned clients include Wynton Marsalis, George Stephanopoulos and Alexandria Wentworth, Leonard and Alison Stern, Bryant Gumbel, Stone Phillips, Neil Simon, and Larry Silverstein.  A majority of Barman’s residential commissions are based in New York City, The Hamptons, Greenwich, CT and Washington D.C. with additional clientele in Los Angeles, CA and Miami, Florida, where the firm has a satellite office.

Barman has been invited to participate in several prestigious designer show houses including the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House and Hamptons Designer Show House.

Born and raised in New York City, Barman graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to study Interior Design.

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