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Stephens Design Group, Inc.

304 Park Avenue South
Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 929-5100
www.bradleystephens.com
info@bradleystephens.com
Main Contact: Bradley Stephens
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Meticulously planned, elegant interiors

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Clients rave about Bradley Stephens’ elegant yet functional interiors. With a focus on artisan finishes and high-end craftsmanship, Stephens creates a sense of tasteful, lived-in luxury. We’re told that he makes every project a collaborative one, and clients cherish their close relationships with him. After attending the graduate interior design program at Pratt, Stephens trained at Deborah Berke Architects for two years. In 2003, he opened his own firm, and after a series of chance run-ins with Anderson Cooper, Stephens landed his first high-profile design job designing the news anchor’s loft apartment.

Bradley Stephens Design has six employees, but Stephens is the sole designer and works on every project. Ninety percent of the business is high-end residential and mostly in the New York area, and most of his projects are gut renovations. However, Stephens has completed projects in Maine, Texas and California. The firm averages three to four large projects and six to seven smaller projects at once. Clients praise Stephens’s hands-on approach and extremely full-service mentality. It is said that he goes to every meeting and visits each job site at least twice a week. Stephens’s extremely loyal client base is reflected in his repeat projects. He has done more than one project for almost half of his clients, and for many he has done three of their homes.

Stephens is said to be meticulous on budget, and gives clients an item-by-item, room-by-room “recipe” for their home with high-priced and low-priced options for everything. Said to be a big believer in the philosophy of “the Gap skirt with the Prada jacket,” we hear that Stephens is a designer who understands how to prioritize spending. This is not to say that he's a “bargain designer;” he charges a high retainer and an average markup over net, and fees for drafting are billed hourly at an average rate. One satisfied client told us, “Bradley is a rising star and I feel so lucky to have found him before he inevitably gets inundated with clients.”

Representative Client Comments:
“Bradley is always available and to this day when there is an issue, he deals with it immediately.” “My boys sit on the side of the desk chair in my office. When the chair broke, Bradley was there the next day to fix it.” “We live in a building with summer work rules and Bradley was able to get the job done while sticking to these rules.” “My favorite element is the lighting design. Bradley custom built the chandeliers and lights. Whenever anyone walks into the house, they comment on how wonderful the lighting is.” “He really understood functionality. There are lots of kids in my home, and he used all stain-resistant fabrics in the family rooms. You’d never know they are stain resistant though, because the fabrics are so beautiful.” “So full service, nothing too small for him. He even made sure we had the right toilet paper!” “He created a working manual for the house that our housekeeper can use.” “There’s nothing Bradley thinks cannot be corrected.” “My favorite part was that it was a true collaboration. Working with Bradley was a highly personal and collaborative experience.” “People come into my home and tell me how much it looks like me!”

 
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