Rising Star: A-List Interiors
Anelle Gandelman and Ariella Duker of A-List Interiors craft tailored spaces with modern flair.
WHO: Anelle Gandelman, former head of design at DwellStudio and an art gallery owner, and business partner Ariella Duker, a onetime fashion stylist from New Jersey, met while studying at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2006. The women remained in contact, pursuing their respective careers while dabbling independently in interior design. “I’d call Anelle to run ideas by her,” recalls Duker. “She always gives great advice.”
WHAT: Classic, refined rooms with a modern edge and a largely neutral palette. “We frequently use wallpaper or light fixtures as a room’s inspiration,” says Gandelman, a South Africa native. “People are accustomed to seeing white walls, so even a simple grass-cloth treatment can make a space seem more luxurious.”
WHERE: The designers’ current commissions include projects for neighboring residences in Scarsdale, although each home has its own aesthetic. “One is contemporary and masculine, and the other more feminine,” Duker says. The team also recently completed a Tribeca apartment, which they describe as “all about texture”—from a metallic cowhide rug to mother-of-pearl hardware on a dresser.
WHEN: Duker asked Gandelman to assist her on an Upper East Side project in 2011, and the women decided to open their own firm the following year. “We saw how we could be stronger as a team,” says Duker. “Each fills in the other’s gaps,” adds Gandelman.
WHY: In decorating a home, “you bring value and add to people’s lives,” says Gandelman. “That’s very fulfilling.”
A version of this article appeared in the October 2015 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Rising Star: A-List Interiors.