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Episode 409: Bunny Williams for Currey & Co.

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Bunny Williams is a designer with a modern vision, a sense of history, and the confidence to take the unexpected path. Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams’ style is classic, but never predictable.


Bunny Williams Inc., the interior design arm of her companies, was formed in 1988. Her ever-growing home furnishings collection, Bunny Williams Home, was founded in 2008 and launched a flagship showroom in the summer of 2015 in NYC. For 25 years, with her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, Williams ran and owned Treillage Ltd., a unique decorative home and garden shop that became an institution in New York. Since 2011, Bunny Williams has announced several licensing partnerships including a line of paper goods for Caspari, several mirror collections for Mirror Image Home, indoors rugs for Doris Leslie Blau, outdoor furniture for Century Furniture, outdoor rugs for Dash & Albert, and decorative pillows and throws for Pine Cone Hill, tabletop, decorative accessories and holiday for Ballard Designs and mantels and fireplace tools for Chesney’s, fabrics with Lee Jofa.  And coming in April 2017, Williams will launch lighting fixtures with Currey and Company.


Bunny Williams and John Rosselli share an apartment in New York City, a country house in Connecticut, the subject of her second book “An Affair with a House”, and a villa in Punta Cana, DR, the subject of her latest book, “A House by the Sea” released in September 2016. Their extraordinary sense of style and passion for entertaining has established them as one of the design world’s power couples.


Born in Charlottesville, VA, Williams’ decorating DNA combines her upbringing and appreciation for gracious Southern living, with her hands-on training at the venerable firms of Stair & Co. Antiques and Parish Hadley Inc. Her knowledge of the decorative arts and well-honed skills as a designer has kept clients knocking on her door for decades. Today her work is regularly featured in top design magazines around the world, in newspapers, on television, in film, and on a variety of websites and blogs.


Williams was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, received the Giants of Design award from House Beautiful, placed on the A list by Elle Decor, and was the recipient of the Timeless Design Award from the Royal Oak Society. The Edith Wharton Restoration recognized her with the Design and Business Award which honors women of outstanding achievement. She was honored with the SCAD Etoile award and a Living Landmarks Award by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Williams received the Design Innovator Award from CT Cottages & Gardens and was also named to the AD 100 list. Most recently, Williams received the Fashion Group International’s 2016 Interior Design Award.


Bunny Williams continues to find time to give back to the design industry as well as to many other causes. She is the founder of Trade Secrets, a garden design event held in CT each spring benefiting victims of domestic violence. Williams has been a long time supporter of the Kips Bay Designer Show House and has served as the committee chair of this organization for several years running.  She is also involved with the Institute of Classical Architecture, is a board member of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Organization, and works with numerous groups that help with the adoption and shelter of homeless animals.


Explore Bunny’s Website here

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