David Easton for Lee Jofa

david easton is one of the world's most sought-after interior designers. While he has made his name as a neo-classicist, his erudition of architecture and decoration is wide-ranging and continuous.

David received his architecture degree from Pratt Institute in 1963, where he studied with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, the widow of one of the founders of the Bauhaus. Upon graduation, he received the Fountainbleau scholarship, enabling him to study in Europe. Upon his return, he took a position with New York designer Edward Wormley, whose Dunbar furniture line is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 1967, he joined the venerable firm of Parish-Hadley, working in both the architecture and decoration departments.

David founded his own firm in 1972, and quickly gained recognition for his classically inspired, traditional interiors. Later, his English-style interiors became emblems of the age. In recent years, he has shifted to a more streamlined, contemporary aesthetic as a response to his own shifting tastes and those of his clients.

In addition to his residential work, David has designed collections for Herendon Furniture Inc., Lee Jofa, Walters Wicker, Beauvais Carpets, Cole & Son Ltd. (wallpaper), and Robert Abbey Inc. (lighting).

Named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame, David is a frequent lecturer. Among his many awards, most recently, his peers honored him with the "Lifetime Achievement" award at London's Design & Decoration Awards.