Kelly Wearstler is an American interior designer who is particularly well-known for colorful mod-baroque commercial interiors and luxury lifestyle. She also serves as a judge on Bravo's interior design competition series, "Top Design."
A native of South Carolina, Wearstler received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and also studied at New York's School of Visual Arts.
She experienced a career-shaping opportunity as an apprentice to Milton Glaser, the legendary graphic designer from the Pop Art sixties Push Pin Studios, who worked on everything from Bob Dylan's concert posters to the I heart NY logo. She credits her experiences with Glaser for the vivid, graphic impact of her work. In her mid-twenties, she moved to L.A., hoping to become a Hollywood set decorator. She met and married husband, Brad Korzen and is known for the palm-belt hotels she has designed for Kor Group, a large real-estate and hotel-management company owned by Kozen.
Wearstler has fine-tuned her contemporary notions of elegance since establishing her firm, Kelly Wearstler, Inc., a decade ago. Wearstler also shares her signature style in the world of retail. Fall 2007 marked the opening of the Kelly Wearstler boutique at Bergdorf Goodman. The boutique showcases a range of home accessories designed by Wearstler. As of Fall 2009, Wearstler is partnering with the oldest American manufacturer of fine china, Pickard China, for her premier dinnerware collection.
Wearstler resides in Beverly Hills, California.
"I absolutely love what I do," says Wearstler, "because I keep falling in love every day, with new things we design, with new projects. It's like a love affair—it keeps it all churning!"
- Kelly Wearstler