About Us

Led by architect and interior designer Sarah Magness, the firm is known for its strong understanding of classical principles and techniques that apply a vast array of international resources to every one of its projects. Drawing upon Sarah’s architectural and landscape background, interior design training, strong project management, extensive resource knowledge and global exposure, each project delivers innovative and elegant design solutions.

Studio Magness’ mission is simple: Cater to the individual needs of each client with active involvement for the entire design process, from schematics to post-construction. This full-service approach leads to beautiful design experiences that turn houses into homes and reflect the personal aesthetics and dreams of the people that live in them. Sarah’s global awareness and work with a wide variety of markets, dealers and resources has also influenced her passion for furniture, lighting and rug design.

How would you describe your style?

"As a classical trained Architect and Masters in Interior Design, my style is influenced from the foundations of classical architecture and traditional proportions. The aesthetics of the decoration is a collaboration with the client’s personal taste."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"On a beautiful tree-lined Upper East Side block rests the stunning row of Beaux-Arts Brownstones built in the early 1900’s. Originally a private home for the well-established and cultured New Yorkers (Andrew Carnegie and Vanderbilt’s lived nearby), the current owner purchased the property with plans for a complete renovation and restoration of the facade, including the re-addition of the original stoop that was sadly demolished in the 50’s. In 2011, schematic design started, and all areas were surveyed and designed with the utmost care and attention to detail. The conversion back to a single family home gave way for new ideas and modern amenities while maintaining the historical character. The most prominent interior feature is the central elliptical stair with the dome skylight."