For over 20 years, Martin Raffone has been designing smart, sophisticated contemporary interiors.
Martin’s process begins with getting to know his clients through relaxed sessions of talking and looking sin order to develop an understanding of how, through design, he can enrich the way they experience their daily lives.
Martin believes how one uses a space can be enhanced by a play of juxtapositions, intelligent solutions to problems, sophisticated use of forms, and subtle use of materials. Over the years he has nurtured relationships with the most talented craftspeople whom he values as an essential extension of his firm. Their knowledge and skills allow him to experiment with materials and finishes and produce furnishings customized to a client’s space and needs.
Martin is drawn to natural materials that reference the environment around them, whether city or country, and believes that the surfaces one lives with should always have a connection to the organic. To him, a serene interior is best achieved through the use of finishes that enhance a material’s innate quality, a palette derived as much from materials as from applied color, and a subtly stimulating variety of textures.
An interior, no matter how richly appointed, should be comfortable, never stuffy. Martin’s well designed spaces speak to each client’s needs and delight them with beautiful details, moments, and ease. Martin’s goal is that every client feels that his or her interior is not only inspiring and original but also truly feels like home.
Quotes from some very happy clients and great colleagues.
FIFTH AVENUE APARTMENT, NYC AND EAST HAMPTON RESIDENCE
Martin is wonderful, talented and absolutely amazing to work with. -KG
EAST SIDE TOWNHOUSE, NYC (event design)
What a party, people were gushing over how the house looked, thank you!!! -RR
Martin, beyond. Wish you would have been here to accept the encore applause. -MK
House looked amazing last night! Everyone was talking about it. -AR
VILLA CAMARUCHE, ST BARTHS, FRENCH WEST INDIES
Martin Raffone was instrumental in turning a "shack" into a four bedroom high-end rental villa in St. Barth. His patience with island limitations (supplies, accessories, contractor availability, and coordination) was essential yet required his dedication for a very long period. With humor, skill, and his massive experience in such projects, he was able to guide us into the much needed support and sanity from 2009 to 2011 (and he's still updating the project yearly).
The outcome is exactly what we envisioned -- if not better. One tradesman on the property even called Martin the "MacGyver of interior design." What’s more, Martin managed to deliver his success below budget and is the kind of Designer that gets his hands dirty in the process.
Thank you Martin for and excellent job! - EB
Eve Ashcraft, Principal, Eve Ashcraft Studio
Martin is a gifted multi-faceted designer who brings a wealth of knowledge and personal attention to every project. I have worked with him on many on several projects and always appreciate his keen eye, attention to detail and good spirit. I highly recommend Martin Raffone -EA
MERCER STREET LOFT, NYC
Martin always gets the job done with style, style, style. You can depend on him to deliver the best. - DK
Anna Abramowicz, Principal, A2 Architects
Martin Raffone is a conscientious, knowledgeable designer who is responsive to the needs of his clients. He is remarkable for providing designs that are both beautiful and yet sensitive to the budgetary restrictions. I am an architect and have worked with Martin on both ground up construction as well as interior renovations and have found the collaboration to be advantageous for all concerned. Moreover, I have found the working experience with Martin to be pleasant and cooperative in nature. I cannot commend him highly enough for his professionalism and design skills. - AA
FLATIRON LOFT, NYC
Total gut renovation, including lighting, kitchen, bath furniture and decoration in office / live scenario.
Inspired warm modern design, beautiful textures and colors. Functional and Artful and on budget. Excellent billing, paperwork and client contact. I would hire him again. -AS
-Martin, it looks AMAZING! Every detail is perfect - you are so unbelievably talented. Thanks for pushing me on the colors.
-... this has been one fantastic year. It's been a real pleasure working with you, just an overall terrific experience.
-Martin defines a look that is an unusual twist on the mundane, but always classy.
-Conceptually brilliant, and thoroughly and practically executed.
-No one else would think to have a modern steel table with historic Chippendale chairs and a plastic laminate sideboard. We so appreciate the creativity.
-Martin is not a snob, but really appreciates and can deliver top quality.
-Approaches each project with unique vision.
-He understood the perhaps eccentric nature of my needs.
-I am not an easy client, but Martin dealt with me so well. I really trusted him.
-He has a distinct look, and makes it work for the client's particular work and family requirements.