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. 

Design Heroes

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.

Photography by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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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

Venetian plaster.

Crave-Worthy Restaurant

It’s been forever since I’ve been, but I love Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Everything on that menu is phenomenal.

Hotel Hitmaker 

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.

The Wind Down

I love a bath, not going to lie. I’ll own that.

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