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Roderick Shade Design is a New York-based international interior design firm, creating, as Roderick puts it, “design for the real world.” He founded the firm more than a decade ago  and quickly began receiving the highest accolades from top shelter publications and has been included on the Top Designers’ lists of Architectural Digest (AD100), House Beautiful, New York Magazine and New York Spaces. His work has been widely published and he has created interiors for top celebrities and opinion leaders nationwide.

Roderick’s easy going manner, thoughtful inquiry into his clients’ needs, comfortable expertise and deep knowledge of color, pattern, scale and lighting allow him to create interiors that answer his clients’ deepest wishes.

“Life comes with natural periods of transition,” says Rod. “The projects I love most are those that come at those times – when you suddenly find yourself with an empty nest, are newly single, perhaps in a new city. I call these life-changing jobs, and they’re my favorites. It’s always great to be part of a new beginning.”

He mixes unexpected touches, bold treatments, rich fabrics and fine finishes with his clients’ most treasured personal items, antiques and art to create truly distinctive personal spaces that enrich the lives of their inhabitants and guests alike. He also sources and commissions art and objects for rooms that bring them alive in a very special way.

Roderick is the co-author of the book Harlem Style and the founder of the Harlem United Showhouse. He has presented rooms in the Hamptons Designer Showhouse, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, the Traditional Home Built for Women showhouse, the Architectural Digest Time Warner Center concept house and the San Diego Historical Society Designer Showhouse.

He is a regular speaker at The New York Times lecture series at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show on topics such as “Designing for Small Spaces” and “Designing with Color”.  His lectures are standing room only for good reason. Says Roderick,

“This is real life. Design has to be for real people. Everyone wants a beautiful space that lets them breathe and be themselves.”


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