The New York City-based multi-disciplinary design firm Marks & Frantz Design was founded in 2009 by principals Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz. This trend-setting pair grew their interiors business on ...
The New York City-based multi-disciplinary design firm Marks & Frantz Design was founded in 2009 by principals Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz. This trend-setting pair grew their interiors business on the strength of their fashion-centric film set decoration that inspired first Hollywood and then American design aficionado's to ask, "Can you please do for me what you did in that movie?” The answer was a resounding yes, with the great range of their subsequent commissioned work in residential, commercial, product, film and television design illustrating the firm’s versatility. While the projects may seem far ranging, what they all have in common is a core Marks & Frantz Design philosophy:
1. Everyone wants to live with happiness, beauty and a touch of whimsy.
2. Glamour and elegance aren’t just for the movies. They can co-exist comfortably with functionality and can be part of everyday life.
3. Choosing and living with things you truly love is the best foundation for a design.
Marks & Frantz have been featured in The New York Times, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, LUXE Interiors + Design, House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. Their work may also be enjoyed on the small and large screen, including the set of The Today Show and feature films The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City 1 and 2.
Lydia Marks came to design via a career in fine arts, including a stint at MoMA. She segued into film, where her fashion-infused set decoration for major motion pictures created a demand for private residential commissions. Hospitality projects soon followed, notably her innovative design for the rooftop bar at The Strand Hotel.
Lisa Frantz started out as a fashion magazine editor. Her talent for creating compelling visual stories evolved into a career in set design for film, TV and advertising. Lisa’s work for blue-chip clients including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Vanity Fair attracted the attention of producers, directors and actors on set. They commissioned her for their own interiors and a lineup of residential and commercial clients ensued.
Marks & Frantz have also designed a furniture collection for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. Romance and glamour, dressmaker details and historical references all play together with a devotion to both comfort and style.