Meet a Rising Star: Interior Designer Hector Capponi
WHO: Hector Capponi had always envisioned working as an architect, but interior design eventually won him over. “With decorating, the possibilities are endless,” says Capponi, a native of Mexico who now lives and works in Manhattan, “whereas architecture has a lot of restrictions that go along with construction.”
WHAT: Contemporary rooms that are rooted in tradition. “Interiors should be inviting and practical—a place to relax,” says Capponi, who favors warm woods, furniture with classic silhouettes (think Louis XV–inspired armchairs), and crown moldings and archways that “elevate a space.”
WHEN: Shortly after earning an architecture degree from Mexico’s Universidad de las Américas Puebla in 2011, Capponi moved to New York City to “pursue opportunities I didn’t have at home.” But he was frustrated by the process of becoming a licensed architect in the States, so he enrolled in a two-year associate’s program at the New York School of Interior Design. He later cut his teeth at two small design firms before launching his own namesake company in 2016.
WHERE: Current commissions include a Park Avenue residence, a Midtown condo, and an apartment near Washington Square Park. Capponi is also designing a 15,000-square-foot waterfront home in Amagansett with a yoga studio, a movie theater, and an elevated glass bridge connecting the public and private rooms. Reclaimed-wood accents throughout will keep things “cozy.”
WHY: “It’s such a unique privilege,” Capponi says, “when people trust me to come into their homes and change the way they live.”
A version of this article appeared in the May 2018 issue of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Rising Star: Hector Capponi.