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Designing Mind


Center City interior designer Michael Shannon has quite the diversified portfolio of projects—from the modern loft space he and his team recently created in Center City’s Lippincott Building to a stunning 19th-century barn renovation in Gladwyne. “I really don’t have a particular style,” says Shannon. “I typically take my cues from the personal style of my clients.”

Favorite rooms in his house: The living room and the bedroom. I like the living room because it represents day-to-day living and, at the same time, a space for entertaining. A sense of comfort is a must, and a sense of order typically makes people feel comfortable. The bedroom should be serene and restful; visual and physical comfort is imperative.

Most prized possessions: The Gilbert Rohde case piece in my living room, a vintage mercury glass lamp on my desk in my bedroom, a pair of Rietveld Utrecht chairs, and my Sydney Goodman painting.

Designers who inspire him: Nationally, John Saladino and Albert Hadley. Locally, Carl Steele.

Favorite design trend of the moment:
I’m not a very trendy guy, but lately I’m in love with wallpaper. Whether it’s just textures or patterns, I love what it can do for a room. It’s the initial layer to build on.

His definition of good taste:
Achieving a room that appears collected. It shouldn’t be so matchy-matchy, but a combination of purchased and found objects.

Three words that sum up his design:
Classic, comfortable and warm.

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