Design philosophies of interior designers vary dramatically, but Ronald Bricke’s has been clear from the start. Using the client’s personal taste, style and needs as his inspiration - be it Art-Deco, Louis XIV, Mid-Century Modern or Contemporary - he has created hundreds of settings that have been hailed as “smashing” and “ingenious” (“New York Times”) and, as “Interior Design” wrote: “This is the stuff of which dreams are made.” In fact, such descriptions as “chic,” “ultra-sophisticated,” and “sleek” reoccur continually throughout hundreds of print and television features celebrating his work. One of the many reasons for such enthusiasm is the direct emotional appeal of the rooms Mr. Bricke has designed; another the occasional flights of fancy and delight.
President and CEO of New York City’s Ronald Bricke & Associates, Mr. Bricke’s commissions have ranged from a Deco apartment in Paris to medical offices and the corporate headquarters and branch offices of a major stock brokerage company; from the challenging restoration of a famed Frank Lloyd Wright house to the the pristine renovation of the WHAT STYLE, New York townhouse that was the home of Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), considered the founder of the interior design industry (featured in the November, 1999, issue of "House and Garden”). “I most enjoy working with a broad spectrum of clients,” Mr. Bricke says, “both those willing to explore cutting edge designs as well as those who are more traditionally inclined.” And because of his long working relationships with more than 3500 suppliers, his access to unique objets and accessories as well as the highest quality workmanship is unparalleled in the design industry.
A New York native, Mr. Bricke is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design where, in his third year, he won the prestigious Duke Pini di San Miniato scholarship providing study in Europe (among the judges were Salvador Dali and the Duchess of Windsor). He then joined the late Yale Burge’s firm which did much to popularize French Provincial design in America. A subsequent association with designer Angelo Donghia imbued Mr. Bricke’s work with a contemporary sophistication and glamor which, along with a virtuoso use of the relationships between light, balance, proportion, and especially color, are hallmarks of his work.
As impressive as the media celebration of his work is its longevity; after a decade or so living with his original designs, many of Mr. Bricke’s clients request that his firm renovate their homes exactly as he originally designed them.
Ronald Bricke is one of the rare honorary members of the American Society of Interior Designers, has served as the President of the Isabel O’Neil Foundation (which preserves the traditional ways of painting objects and furniture), and has served on the board of governors of the Parsons School of Design.