Nationally recognized for his well informed designs that embody innovation and the best of the past, interior designer, Gary Inman has successfully merged his lifelong appreciation of beauty with his scholarly understanding of architecture and antiquities. We love his use of color, texture, and scale when it comes to creating inviting spaces that stand out against the crowd. In the fourth installment of our High Point Market Style Spotter series, we sat down with Gary to see what makes him tick, keeps him inspired, and sets him apart from his contemporaries:
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT HIGH POINT MARKET IS:
People watching is always great fun, but I most look forward to catching up with designer friends that I don’t see as often as I would like.
MY MUST-SEE SHOWROOMS AT MARKET ARE:
The booths at Inner Hall are a must, the antiques and design center for one of a kind pieces, and Halo Styles for the brilliance of the visual merchandising.
AS A STYLE SPOTTER, I’M MOST LIKELY TO “SPOT”:
A new “classic” design, nothing overtly trendy, but instead a fresh and innovative new take on a familiar design language.
WHAT SETS HIGH POINT MARKET APART FROM OTHER TRADE SHOWS:
Diversity, the depth of the collections presented, and direct access to the creative team.
AS A DESIGNER, WHAT I MOST ADMIRE IN A ROOM IS:
Great design should convey the story of the person living in the space. Layers of meaning is always exciting.
MY LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
Discovering that passion, talent, and knowledge only get better with age. Life is endlessly fascinating if one maintains a positive outlook.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I have a cuddle with my calico cat Lady Pooh and a strong cup of Earl Grey in a proper Limoges tea cup and saucer.
Following one’s passion every day. Sharing it is even better.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
My Schlumberger wedding band, it still takes my breath away 26 years later. An exquisite ring, a great marriage.
MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
I would adore partnering with Bunny Williams on a project. My dream client collaboration would be Judy Collins whom I admire on so many levels.
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN RICHMOND, VA:
It is impossible to choose just one….New York for non-stop excitement, Paris for glamour and romance, and Florence for the richest possible culture.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I have a glass of Prosecco and read my stack of books on Coco Chanel. It is impossible not to be inspired by the greatest designer of the last century.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Share your story, you’ll find many kindred spirits that share your dreams and values.
IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Continuing to design chic hotels and tranquil homes with my dynamic team at Glavé & Holmes Architecture; writing, lecturing, and designing several home fashion collections.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Listen to your own inner voice, nothing works better than authenticity.