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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of last year, Anthony D’Argenzio, Domino columnist and CEO and creative director of bespoke design firm Zio and Sons, had to pivot. “My mindset was: How do I ride this out and make smart moves?’’ he tells Domino’s editor-in-chief, Jessica Romm Perez, on this week’s episode of Design Time (out today on Spotify and Apple Podcasts). “I felt transitioning into real estate made sense from a financial incentive, but I’m also able to do what I love, which is working in beautiful spaces and designing. It’s kind of the perfect marriage of my interests.”
In their conversation, D’Argenzio shares what people are looking for in a home (in short: space), his next big project (renovating a vintage log cabin property 20 minutes north of Hudson, New York), and the 10 things inspiring him right now. Take a sneak peek, below.
I’m continuously inspired by Picasso’s life and work. His use of color and environment is just crazy. Also Georgia O’Keeffe. I think her spaces are honest and natural. I’m really inspired by her palettes.
Most Iconic Space
The Breakers. I’m obsessed with that kitchen and all the hanging copper pots. It’s super-opulent, but the attention to detail and craftsmanship just blows my mind.
Favorite Color Pairing
I tend to gravitate more toward neutrals, but I’m loving a taupe and dusty pink pairing. It’s just really calming and brings a nice, subtle femininity.
Material of the Moment
It’s been forever since I’ve been, but I love Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Everything on that menu is phenomenal.
I can’t wait to get back to El Fenn in Marrakech. It’s insanely colorful and texture driven, and the constant scent of the orange trees is mind-blowingly amazing.
Can’t Stop Watching
I love a good thriller. The English Patient is an amazing movie. I love the set design.
Roman and Williams Guild in New York City.
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