Architect and Designer Penny Drue Baird Shows Off The New French Interior

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Penny Drue Baird, owner of Dessins, LLC, creates design for the individual. "For young people, let’s do this cool, young, free, fresh look, and for older people, let’s get rid of this junk that we’ve been accumulating throughout our lives and let’s get it cleaner," says Baird, author of The New French Interior, which was released by Random House in September 2011.

Baird, who is based in New York City with an outpost in Paris, was inspired to write her book based on a common desire found within her widespread group of clients. "What I saw happening was that in Manhattan, people were coming to me more and more for the same type of thing, which was a modern approach: a cooler, calmer environment, contemporary furnishings, but they still wanted very fine furniture. They didn’t want commercial, mass-produced furniture."

So Baird, who for the past 17 years has been named as one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and designers worldwide, set out to provide just that. Through her travels to Paris, London, and the English and French countrysides, Penny has been able to find unique design furnishings and objets d'art.

"I’m proud that my work really represents the clients and that my jobs do look different from one to the other," says Baird. With projects such as a Bavarian style ski chalet in Telluride, Baird tailors her designs to her clients, who come from all different walks of life.

Baird’s wide-ranging talent, combined with a PhD in Psychology, is part natural ability and part training from the New York School of Interior Design. "We were trained to do everything in those days, and that’s what I still do. My clients are completely diverse, and what they want is just as diverse — and that’s a lot of fun for my office."

From fresh and fun to warm with a sophisticated charm, Penny Drue Baird brings a sense of traveling the world into one’s home in a way that not many other designers can. Visit to learn more.
Durston Saylor

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Gail Doby

Gail Doby is an author, international speaker, interior designer and small business consultant. She is co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of Design Success University, a global continuing education university for professional interior designers. As seen on CNBC, Reuter's, Luxe Magazine, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, K+BB, Interior Design Online, Decorati and Ava Living. ...(Read More)

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