Rising Star: Paris Forino
WHO: A native of Sydney, Australia, Paris Forino traveled around the globe before launching her Manhattan-based design firm—a dream that she had fantasized about for years. “Even as a child,” she says, “I would carefully coordinate the items in my room.”
WHAT: Elegant, contemporary interiors with worldly appeal. The decorator pairs neutral, streamlined furnishings with an unexpected element, such as bold tile, stone, or carpets underfoot. “Patterned flooring anchors a space and adds a rich texture,” says Forino, who reimagined the classic black-and-white checkerboard motif with limestone and Calacatta marble for a recent job.
WHERE: Forino’s firm is currently working on the interior design concept for a 50-story Miami apartment building, which will feature Missoni Home furnishings in the public areas and kitchens with mirrored backsplashes and Blue de Savoie marble countertops in private residences. Closer to home, she is gut-renovating a 10,000-square-foot West Village townhouse once owned by publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes. The pièce de résistance: a four-story atrium with a dramatic iron-and-wood staircase.
WHEN: Forino settled on her career choice during a trip she took to France after graduating from high school. “Seeing the gorgeous interiors in Paris made me want to reinvent spaces other than my own bedroom,” says the decorator, who earned an interior design degree from Sydney’s University of Technology in 2000 and worked with an Australian firm before moving to New York in 2003. In Manhattan, she joined architecture and interiors firm CetraRuddy, where she remained for eight years. Forino launched her eponymous company in 2012.
WHY: “Walking into a beautiful setting can transform your mood, and that’s very powerful.”
A version of this article appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Rising Star: Paris Forino.