We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!

This week, we got to chat with Hadas Dembo of Mise en Scène Design. Prior to her work with her New York City-based design firm, Hadas worked in book publishing, and was a renowned magazine photography director. So it should be no surprised that she masterfully incorporates her passion for art and storytelling into her design work, under the ethos that interiors are all about the narrative of the client, and should convey the space’s natural evolution.

Read on to find out how her love of literature has influenced her designs, and what current trend she’s ready to leave in the past.

What is the most outstanding design element you’ve ever incorporated into a space?
I studied English Literature in college, so love using books in my spaces. Often, I’ll fill an entire wall without using any actual shelving. It becomes very sculptural and organic, and people love it.

What kind of design additions or changes have you made to your home since quarantine began?
I took the time during quarantine to edit and simplify. Everyone was so obsessed with hygiene, and somehow that translated into cleaning out closets, drawers, and wanting to live in a very pure and honest space.

What is the coolest vintage piece in your house? What makes it the coolest?
I have a beautiful large 19th century French armoire that is amazing, in that it flat packs without a single nail or screw. Everything slides into a supporting piece. And while it’s quite old, it has some very clean lines and elements that make it feel almost modern.

Who is your ultimate style icon, and why?
I’ve always been inspired by the Bloomsbury group in the early 1900’s. They were a collective of English writers and artists who lived and worked together and inspired each other in various mediums. Their gardens and interiors were so unique and still inspire visitors today. I loved that they painted everything, from their walls to their fabrics to their dishes.

What’s a current design trend that you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years, and why?
While I like all shades of gray, I hope that we aren’t afraid to introduce some color into our lives 100 years from now. There’s a way to do this without being bombastic!


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June 8, 2021

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