Chris Socci (csocci.com) runs his interior design firm with his clients at the top of the list, working with them to accomplish a space that tells their story. Here, we sit with Socci to pick his brain on his beginnings and his business.
How did your journey in design begin?
I incorporated in 2005! I fell in love with furniture and space planning at a young age. I studied graphic design in college, but after graduating, I still felt a pull toward interior design and architecture. I went back to school and immediately began forging my own path as a designer. I collaborated with several design firms while simultaneously starting my own company, C. Socci Inc., and developing my own client base. My business encompasses projects of all sizes and scopes, about 80% residential and 20% boutique commercial. We believe that design should tell a story: Every client is unique and has a unique narrative whose essence we seek to reflect in all of our designs.
How would you describe your interior design style? What are your favorite looks?
C. Socci Inc. integrates balance, texture, color, lighting and an unexpected mix of modern and traditional elements to create sophisticated environments. I tend to gravitate toward classic pieces and timeless silhouettes. Great design can enhance one’s life both aesthetically and functionally.
What is your favorite piece of design advice to give?
One: Less is more; don’t overcrowd a space. Two: Always use the correct scale when furnishing your space; many people don’t understand scale in their interiors. Three: Invest in beautiful art.
What inspires you?
Traveling, my family and friends, also my wonderful longtime clients
What makes your firm different from the rest?
I have such passion for design and people. It’s so satisfying to see someone really love their space, and listening to a client’s needs and adapting that creatively into a project. Professionalism with my clients is a characteristic that goes hand in hand with being ethical and honest, so our relationship is built on trust. Self-confidence in my designs and communicating to a client their project is important to me. I think some designers do what they want, but I pride myself on listening to the client’s wishes. Our approach to design starts with understanding the specific needs of each client, including goals, timelines and budgets. We then present each client with a range of options, involving them in every step of the process.
Photography by: Kim Evans