Designers

THE SAMUEL & SONS DESIGN STUDIO, renowned for its innovative trimmings, brings a visionary, fresh approach to interiors décor. Its refined, fully-articulated color palettes and cutting-edge constructions represent a sophisticated aesthetic. Studio collections are diligently developed from a hand-rendered drawing or painting incorporating novel fibers or materials, current trends, or classic textile documents. The transformative vision is realized by intricate changes in coloration, methods of construction, scale and fibers that culminate in groundbreaking trimmings with contemporary contexts. The creative force behind the Studio is Executive Design Director, Marisa Gutmacher, whose trimmings over the past 25 years have been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Luxe, Traditional Home, Veranda, and World of Interiors. Among her dozens of distinguished collections for Samuel & Sons over the past decade, she designed the Optix Collection, which won for Textiles + Fabrics in the 12th Annual Hospitality Design (HD) Awards for 2016. Gutmacher is a dual degree graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.  Complementing her, the S&S Studio's team is comprised of a number of the most inspired, design-savvy professionals in the industry.

LORI WEITZNER, principal and Creative Director of her own New York-based firm, has achieved international renown with designs that cross a multitude of disciplines. A sophisticated color palette, intricate, dimensional textures and a lyrical, painterly approach to pattern characterize Weitzner's distinctively stylish creations. Design museums have acquired Lori's work for their exhibitions, including London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Montreal's Musee Decoratifs and Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art & Design. She is also the recipient of more than 20 awards and honors, including the Best of Neocon, the Good Design Awards and the Innovations Awards and secured a nomination for the prestigious 2010 Designpreis Deutschland-Germany's highest design award. In addition, her projects have been featured in esteemed design journals, including Elle Décor, Interior Design, The New York Times, House Beautiful, and Town and Country.

ROGER THOMAS is Executive Vice President of Design for Wynn Design and Development and a recognized leader in interior design for the hospitality industry. He designed the interiors of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, led the interior design of Wynn Macau and Encore at Wynn Macau. For 20 years, as principle of Thomas Design Group, Roger Thomas designed the interiors of the company's many properties, including the Golden Nugget hotels in Las Vegas and Laughlin, and the most important properties on the Las Vegas Strip: the Mirage Resort, Treasure Island and the world-famous Bellagio Resort. Mr. Thomas was twice listed in Architectural Digest's AD 100 and named "Designer of the Year" at The International Hotel and Restaurant Show in New York. Additionally his work has been published in leading journals, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Interiors and Hospitality Design.

MICHAEL SMITH is considered one of the design industry's most respected talents with an international profile of residential and commercial clients. Over the course of his career, Smith has consistently developed a style that has been characterized as a delicate blend of "European tradition and American modernism." His work has been celebrated in two best-selling books from Rizzoli Publishing, "Elements of Style" and "Houses". He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Architectural Digest's "The AD 100", the Los Angeles Pacific Design Center's West Week "Stars of Design" and "Designer of the Year" by Elle Decor. In addition, his projects have been featured in such noted publications as Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Town and Country, Domino, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, and W.