Paul Marra has been working in upscale residential design for over 25 years, first as an interior designer and currently as a showroom owner and product designer. Having a background in interior design has made him especially aware of the many practical and aesthetic demands of residential design. For over 20 years his showroom has been a resource for interior designers, architects and consumers looking for 21st Century custom-made items as well as bespoke and out-of-the-ordinary vintage items.
His lighting and furniture line was developed partially out of a need for items that would blend with many periods and styles yet function in the 21st Century. Some pieces look to the past for inspiration but with a fresh interpretation, while others are inspired by nature or a desire to use materials in an innovative way. With an emphasis on craftsmanship and detail, they are able to stand on their own or enhance other fine furnishing and antiques.
Paul Marra Design uses local artisans partly because the work requires a great deal of hands-on involvement, and also because it is important to support the tradition of American craft. It is a privilege to live and work in a unique environment which has grown from the freedom of expression and the blending of cultures. This American know-how is worth preserving.