Judith Norman celebrates Raul Pierrend
Raul Pierrend was born to design. Raised in Peru’s capital Lima, Raul took an early interest in painting and at 11 years old he decided he didn’t love how his parents’ furniture was arranged and took it upon himself to reconfigure the house.
“My father was French, so I grew up with all of these beautiful old antiques, I loved them, even when I was very young,” he said. “And that passion continues today, everything I do is full of love.”
Years later he attended Universidad Ricardo Palma to study architecture before moving to the United States to support his family’s paint business. Soon, however, he found his eye drawn back to the creative space and began arranging flowers for events and magazine features. In 2000, Pierrend’s first big break came when he was given the opportunity to design his first luxury home when its owner saw his arrangements and believed in him enough to give him the job.
Since then, Pierrend said he’s seen interior design styles evolve from more traditional and reserved to a more diverse palette that isn’t afraid to combine the old with the new, which is exactly where he feels most comfortable. And all along, Pierrend and Judith Norman have worked in close collaboration to provide clients the perfect pieces that combine beauty and livability.
“It’s about getting in your client’s head, understanding what they want and using their touch,” he said. “I make homes, I don’t just make a showcase. I make a place for them to be happy, a place that my clients want to come home to after a long day.”
An organic layered wood cocktail table paired with a gray velvet sectional sofa, both from Judith Norman, to shape a favorite gathering spot in the family room. Behind the sofa, a Saccaro Lamp adds a whimsical echo.
“Designing is dreaming. To be invited into design ones most personal space is truly an honor. I feel privileged to be able to create beautiful spaces where one can live and feel happy in their surroundings.”