Dan Mazzarini is the principal of BHDM Design, a fresh and discerning New York-based design firm and creative collective of designers, architects, artists, and illustrators. Their projects range from residential to commercial, including high profile hotels, restaurants, and retail spaces. Thus far, Dan has partnered with major international clients including Marriott, Flywheel, Brookfield, Gotham – to name a few – and completed groundbreaking projects across the globe. 

His recent work includes  on Castell, a stunning rooftop lounge within NYC’s new acclaimed AC Hotel Times Square and a transformative redesign of the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki — which we featured here! 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Dan, as he’s got a number of high-profile projects underway. How does he do it all? Read on to find out: 

MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
I had an uncle that gave me this advice: Do something well enough that you’d do it for free, and then do it well enough that people pay you. That’s when I decided to become a designer, and the rest is history so far!

I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I shower. I don’t drink coffee, and I’m a pretty early riser, but a shower is my wake-up call.

SUCCESS IS:
Happiness – If you love what you do, and love your clients and team, everyday can be great. I think happiness is a great goal, and a great measure of success.

YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
My phone, my red polka dot stan smiths, pilor stylo pens for sketching, and likely a tote, filled with everything from the day’s meetings.

MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
So many! But we’d love to get into the lifestyle world and do a whole line of furniture, lighting, rugs, etc. for the masses. We love bringing good design to all people.

THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN NEW YORK:
Paris.

WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I talk to my team. I’m as verbal as I am visual, and so oftena talk (and glass of wine) get the creative juices flowing.

ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Don’t be afraid of being your best self-promoter. Self promotion isn’t ego, it’s business building.

IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Splitting my time between NYC and California – we’re actively expanding our business in the west as well.

ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Have fun – when work is a pleasure, it’s a great way to spend your days. And the type of business we are in requires a lot of time and attention. Have fun and enjoy what you’re doing – it’s so much more a pleasure to be kind than it is to be a diva.