Meet Interior Designer Marc Houston: A Rising Star Who Pushes the Boundaries

WHO: Boston native Marc Houston can’t recall a time when he wasn’t enamored with decorating. “It was an inherent interest,” says the Brooklyn-based designer. “I was the kid constantly rearranging his bedroom or sneaking off to the department store to look for pillows or other accent pieces for the house.”

WHAT: Spaces that embrace color, meld vintage with contemporary, and dare to be different. “With each of my projects, my goal is to promote quality, challenge convention, and chase innovation,” Houston says. “I don’t want to be ascribed to a singular style—I am far too excited by experimentation and exploration to limit my palette.”

WHEN: While attending the University of Maryland University College, Houston began working for a lighting showroom in Washington, D.C., where he interacted daily with decorators and architects. He went on to receive a master’s degree in interior and spatial design from London’s Chelsea College of Arts in 2009, and gained further experience with New York–based Frank de Biasi Interiors and Workshop APD prior to branching out on his own in 2011.

WHERE: Current projects include the gut renovation of a duplex near Union Square, a grandly proportioned 4,200-square-foot Brooklyn townhouse, and a Madison Square Park bachelor pad that features custom millwork, brass furnishings, tweed and velvet upholstery, and a bedframe covered in a metallic eggplant fabric from Maharam.

WHY: “What gives me the most joy,” Houston says, “is creating captivating moments and forging fundamental connections between clients and their homes.”

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