Name: Margaret McMahon
Company: Wimberly Interiors
Position within company: Senior Vice President + Managing Director
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I started in design when I was first brought in as a temporary typist for Wilson Associates in New York. Under Trisha Wilson’s mentorship, I worked my way up and eventually was the Managing Director of their New York Studio. When WATG approached me to manage the interiors practice, I knew that I wouldn’t leave Wilson for any other firm.
How would you describe your personal design style?
My personal design style is casual and classic.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
I have always pulled my inspiration from fashion and music.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
It is going to be all about bringing in better technology and understanding how that impacts traditional interior design.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond.
Ease of use
Health & Wellness
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?
Always question yourself if you have pushed yourself far enough to make the design as good as it can be.
How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
These awards are great because they take place on an international stage and you see what is taking place in design firms all over the world. To be up against your peers, who you respect and think are great designers, is really terrific.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
I just want to continue to build a great practice, to continue to work with great clients on great projects, and continue t inspire my team to do great work. From a project perspective we are excited to branch out into new venues like senior living and high-end residential.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
If I weren’t a designer, I would be running a five star dog rescue. I picture a place where we would take the dogs in and give them a life of luxury until we could find good, solid forever homes for them. If not that, then I would want to be a concierge at the St. Regis New York. I think that they must just see everything there!