Mark Epstein Designs

By Mark Epstein

Interior Design
September 2018
ISBN: 978-1-938461-97-2
252 Pages

$75 USD

One of the office walls, by the reception area, displays a variety of Mark’s collectibles and artworks. At the far right are two paintings by the American artist Jeremiah Goodman. A pair of octagonal Transferware plates hangs above an exaggerated egg-and-dart molding detail from Restoration Hardware, and an oversize aluminum “E” reminds you of where you are.

On the dining room table, a series of Dutch-style pewter candlesticks encircle a centerpiece of fresh artichokes. The Klismos chairs withstand spills, as they are covered in a beige ribbed indoor–outdoor fabric. Taupe linen napkins, gray salad plates, white dinner plates, and smoked-glass tumblers complete the neutral table setting.

Set up near the water, the informal lunch setting includes vintage plates in pale gray by the American designer Russel Wright, faux-bois bowls, and bamboo-handled flatware. Top-stitched napkins echo the detailing on the vintage autographed baseballs. The Hartland goblets are from Simon Pearce.

In the main living space, one of three separate seating areas has been furnished with four matching armchairs from John Boone. The cast glass and stainless steel coffee table is from Lorin Marsh.

Pumpkins, artichokes, nectarines, croton leaves and roses have been artfully assembled into an extraordinary centerpiece in the dining room where a French tapestry that Mark found at the
Marché aux Puces in Paris gives the room a special atmosphere. Jennifer Hakker-Thompson of Applied Aesthetics stenciled and glazed the walls to create a rich and deep-hued background for the formal
space. The 18th century Irish, triple pedestal mahogany table seats 18 people. Waterford crystal and Baroque sterling silver flatware are paired with antique white china. The dining chairs were upholstered in silk


As one of New York’s most admired interior designers, Mark Epstein creates timeless interiors for many of the city’s most discerning clients. The breadth of Epstein’s knowledge and talents is illustrated in the 13 design projects included in Mark Epstein Designs. Via each project, he welcomes you to his design philosophy: “A successful, user-friendly interior must reflect the purposes, needs, and desires of the individuals who will live happily in that space. The home is not a static monument, but a dynamic environment designed to foster contentment.” Toward that end, Epstein has added an additional real-life feature to each project: tips on successful entertaining, great recipes, memorable table settings, how to show off your collections, and many more. The “Mark Epstein Signature” is recognized not by repetition but by unique combinations of colors, textures, and client-personalized accessories.

About the Author

Mark Epstein was educated at Pratt Institute in New York where he studied environmental design. One of his teachers was Joseph D’Urso, who became a pivotal influence on his design style as well as informing his knowledge of space and light. Josef Albers’ color theories impacted the designer’s work, and today is still an underlying signature. The numerous homes Epstein has designed are layered with his deep knowledge of art, antiques, textiles, and color theory, which are seamlessly played out in each room while creating a cohesive flow from space to space.


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