“Obviously we’ve had to close our offices, and at first I was really concerned about how that was going to impact business,” says interior designer Nate Berkus of the past year’s challenges. “But,” he adds, “we’ve been busier than ever, with both returning clients and new ones. It took a beat to figure out how to work remotely and how to keep projects moving forward, but I have such a dedicated design team, and along with my longtime partner, Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, it’s been really great to see how adaptable we are as a company,” he says. “There are a lot of Zoom meetings and check-ins—it’s been a very creative period and an intense period of design research for my firm.”
Indeed, Berkus and his talented team are busier than ever, including his recently debuted collections with The Shade Store and Kravet, and celebrating 25 years of his firm, which boasts offices in Chicago, Manhattan and L.A.
With his beautiful brood and equally dashing designer husband, Jeremiah Brent, the tastemaking twosome make quite the pair. They’ll launch their spring collection of upholstery pieces and case goods for Nate + Jeremiah for Living Spaces this month and premiere Season 2 of HGTV’s Rock the Block in March.
Showing no signs of slowing his prolific pace, Berkus is beloved for his timeless elegance. “Trends are designed to make us feel bad about what we don’t have,” he says. “Eighty percent of the furniture and lighting we specify is vintage or antique, and I will always be enamored by things that are made by hand, like ceramic plates from Rebekah Miles and handblown glassware from Giberto.”