Designer Profile:
Magdalena Keck

BY: MICHAEL KOLODESH OCTOBER 16TH, 2017

Magdalena Keck has been creating residential and commercial interiors for over a decade. Her studio has become known as a go-to authority on Manhattan pied-a-terre apartments, especially for international clients. She has been featured among 40 established and upcoming designers in the book Spectacular Homes of Metro New York, published by Panache Partners, and recently in Masterpieces: Roof Architecture + Design, published by Braun Publishing.

Magdalena Keck

Magdalena says that the inspiration for her growing body of work comes predominantly from the people who surround her. In highlighting the importance of relationships in the creative process, Magdalena mentions that “the people I work with are an endless source of inspiration; not only our clients but also the designers, craftsmen, and artists we consult on a daily basis. Inspiration also comes from the architectural environment itself – whether it prompts integration or emphasis of its characteristics through juxtaposition.”

The people I work with are an endless source of inspiration; not only our clients but also the designers, craftsmen, and artists we consult on a daily basis.

“Collaboration, starting in early stages of the design process is invaluable.” Magdalena mentions, “the inhabitant and the environment are the essence of design.” This is a topic she dives into in her newly published book: Pied-à-Terre: Magdalena Keck.

Currently, Vincent van Duysen is an architect influencing the vision at Magdalena’s studio. She is particularly fond of his “integrative approach and warm earthy tones.” John Pawson is another architect who has shaped her vision with his use of light and volume in space. Artist, Morgan O’Hara also impacts Magdalena’s creative process, “I appreciate her spontaneity within a disciplined conceptual methodology. My favorite series of hers is Live Transmissions; it involves a process where the artist attends concerts or performances and transmits the impressions on paper with multiple graphite pencils.”

Magdalena also mentioned Gustavo Bittencourt, a Brazil native, whose work is precisely minimal; the materials warm and the forms graceful, a repeating motif in Magdalenda's aesthetic. She also highlighted Rick Owens for his decisive form and scale. “His white marble 2 Prong Bench is one of most stunning pieces around,” says Magdalena. She also pointed out the Silver Vail table lamp and Dark Moon sconce collaborations by Jean, Oliver Pelle and antique dealer and jewelry designer Russell Whitmore as "the best lighting pieces I have seen recently. They are romantically nostalgic, yet modern."

Collaboration, starting in early stages of the design process is invaluable. The inhabitant and the environment are the essence of design.

As for future work, Magdalena says, “I’d like to do a boutique hotel. As you may know, a big part of my firm’s work are pied-à-terre residences, weekend homes, and hotel apartments, so this would be a natural progression and an opportunity to combine residential and commercial experiences.”

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