Designer Collections introduces you to Amy Lau
Meet a top interior designer, learn about her unique design style and see what art top picks she loves.
From her headquarters in the West Chelsea arts district, New York-based designer Amy Lau brings imagination and energy to furnishings, fabrics, and installations. Inspired by her passion for Nature and abstract art, she combines expressive color with soft, organic shapes. Her love of form is reflected in the work, which balances scale, texture, and function. The finished product is always original and personalized, filtering a variety of influences through the lens of modernism. Arizona native Amy Lau founded Amy Lau Design in 2001 and she also currently serves as an independent advisor to collectors of 20th Century decorative arts. Following her degree in Art History, she received a master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from the prestigious Sotheby’s graduate program in New York. Studying with leading curators, art historians, and industry professionals, she honed her curatorial eye and developed a deep passion for design. Both were put to use at Aero Ltd., where she served as director under founder Thomas O’Brien. She was subsequently appointed design director of New York City’s noted Lin-Weinberg Gallery, which specializes in international mid-century modernism. Learn more about Amy below.
Amy's "TOP 10" Picks to buy now!
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Vicki Amyot, Calaboga. 11" x 14", photograph.
Simone Lourenco, Navy Wonder. 27" x 19", Sculpture.
Nadia Martinez, Espirtus. 80" x 60", Sculpture.
Paul Gallegos, Tunnel Vision. 11" x 11", Photography
Jane Frances Lloyd, Dispel All Darkness. 17" x 13", Sculpture.
Paul Gallegos, Windward Sunrise. 12" x 17", Photography.
Stanislav Bojankov, Landscape on Jazz-III. 27" x 39", Mixed Media.
Melissa Fleming, Atlantic Ocean-Ten Gallons. 14" x 9", Sculpture.
Deb Haugen, Purple Splashed. 18" x 24", Mixed Media.
Benjamin Soehnel, Antplant. 28" x 32", Mixed Media
ABOUT AMY LAU
Arizona native Amy Lau founded her interiors firm in 2001. She also currently serves as an independent advisor to collectors of 20th Century decorative arts.
Following her degree in Art History, she received a master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from the prestigious Sotheby’s graduate program in New York. Studying with leading curators, art historians, and industry professionals, she honed her curatorial eye and developed a deep passion for design. Both were put to use at Aero Ltd., where she served as director under founder Thomas O’Brien. She was subsequently appointed design director of New York City’s noted Lin-Weinberg Gallery, which specializes in international mid-century modernism.
In 2005, she cofounded the prestigious Design Miami fair, which assembles the most significant galleries specializing in design from the post-war period to the present. Established to run in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach, the Design Miami fair has expanded to become a vital forum for exhibiting, discussing, creating, and collecting design.
Recent magazine and television appearances include the cover of LUXE magazine for a ten-page feature with an in-depth look at one of Amy Lau Design’s bright, colorful interiors. She was also in Metropolitan Home for a lakeside home that was inspired by fall leaves and the panoramic views of nature that surround it. Amy Lau and her residential interiors have also been featured in such publications as Elle Decor, the New York Times, New York Spaces, Gotham, and House & Garden. New York magazine included her as one of this year’s “Next Garde” and House Beautiful named her a young designer to watch. Traditional Home recently recognized her as a “Fresh Design” honoree, and the firm recently expanded to include retail design with an Elie Tahari fashion boutique that was published in Interior Design magazine.
The firm has been celebrated twice on the HGTV show “Top Ten.” The first being a “Sublime Living Room,” where Amy Lau Design took the number one spot with a beautiful Bridgehampton, New York, interior. Her east-meets-west New York City apartment interior also placed in an episode as one of the most distinguished “Lofts.” Additionally, she has discussed her view of design trends on LX + TV’s “Open House NYC.”
Amy Lau’s exuberance and expertise have made her a highly requested speaker and panelist for events organized by the likes of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Metropolitan Home magazine, Dwell magazine, and Bklyn Designs. During SCAD style week, she appeared at the Savannah and Atlanta campuses of Savannah College of Art and Design. She also serves as co-director of the Design Council for New York’s Museum of Arts and Design.
The Amy Lau Studio product line includes a collection of contemporary curtains and upholstery textiles manufactured by S. Harris – Fabricut, a wallpaper collection for Maya Romanoff’s 40th Anniversary that was the 2011 Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award winner for a Residential Wallpaper Covering, a rug design for Doris Leslie Blau and Kyle Bunting, and a limited-edition line for Showtime inspired by the networks television show Dexter. The firm’s current design initiatives include 2 upcoming furniture collections, a bathroom and tile line, and a rug and pillow collection that will all be debuting in the Fall of 2011. Also in 2011 Amy’s first design book will be hitting the shelves with its launch this upcoming Fall.
ABOUT AMY LAU DESIGN
Amy Lau Design creates refined, elegant, and optimistic spaces that are more curated than decorated. Since its inception in 2001, the design studio has attracted prestigious residential and commercial clients like Elvis Costello and Elie Tahari. In recent years, New York magazine included Amy Lau as one of “The Next Garde,” and House Beautiful named her a young designer to watch. Traditional Home recognized her as a “Fresh Design” honoree, and Metropolitan Home included her in a special section devoted to ’Who’s Next.” She has also been featured in Luxe Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Elle Décor, the New York Times, New York Spaces and House & Garden to name a few. Contact Amy Lau Design.