Franklin Report Report Card for Richard L. Ridge & Roderick R. Denault in New York City
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Richard L. Ridge & Roderick R. Denault
903 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 472-0608
Interior Design

Services & Specialties
Old guard interior design

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FR Review:
Richard Ridge and Rod Denault are highly regarded by a devoted group of well-heeled, established clients for creating elegant, traditional interiors with an emphasis on clear colors and comfort. Historically, their focus was more English with horse prints and Georgian silver, but they have recently forayed into more contemporary designs. We are told Ridge and Denault are flexible in terms of the size of projects they will take on anything from the design of a few rooms to the renovation of large suburban homes. Clients appreciate their "incredible organization," careful advance planning and excellent accessibility.

Taking on an average of ten projects each year, we are told this duo is extremely knowledgeable and organized. Ridge brings over 40 years of decorating experience to the firm, as does Denault. Manhattan is the scene for most of the firm's work, the rest has been completed across the globe, including France and England. Insiders tell us the firm is expanding its reach beyond a base of loyal, established empty nesters who make up the majority of its clientele. All say the pair are extremely patient, but some mention that they could benefit by some back office personnel.

Standard design fees are charged to cover drawings, floor plans, furniture or new designs. Budgets are developed room by room, and Standard product and oversight fees are taken. Living rooms generally range from $200,000 to $400,000, but clients say they are very understanding and flexible on budget.

Representative Client Comments:
"They get the big picture." "They are very practical and will guide you step-by-step." "You can see that they are always thinking two paces ahead but are happy to answer any questions." "I was involved in the project, but they took the lead, and that really made me feel at ease." "Not taking on a ton of new clients." "They do go over budget sometimes, but it's never outrageous." "Very caring people." "I am so happy with our choices, even years later." "Delightful, wonderful human beings." "They have all the ladies at the Club enthralled." "Kips Bay regulars." "A big hit among the upstate and Connecticut crowd." "Very responsive and responsible. Tremendous follow-up on every level and detail." "They are willing to work with what you have and will create a style for any price range."

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