WHO IS NED SCHECHTER?

  • Knowing the late Gene Siskel, famed reviewer of movies along with Roger Ebert, Gene’s favorite question was: “WHAT DO YOU KNOW, FOR SURE?

My answer to him: “I KNOW WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL.

  • HOW DOES HE APPROACH INTERIOR DESIGN?

    “My work is meaningless unless I know exactly what aesthetics truly move, excite and give comfort to my client.”

  • WHAT IS NED’S PROCESS OF WORKING WITH CLIENTS?

    “Once we understand each other and are on the same aesthetic page, we can begin the design process — taking your visions, adding mine, using existing furnishings—furnishing new pieces, moving, shaping, reworking, adding, stripping away, until all that remains is breathtaking, emotionally moving and “simply beautiful.

BRIEF BIO POINTS OF INTEREST

  • This talented artist was drawing detailed images of horses at eight years old. His parents bought him a book called “How To Draw,” which broke down the anatomy of a horse. They took the book away when he discovered the section on drawing the nude female.
  • He knew in 6th grade that his future would be in residential design, when he observed that the dust and dirt that collected at the base of the wall and floor would be easier to clean if the base moldings were curved.
  • He began his love of fine art when, in seventh grade during a school trip to The Art Institute of Chicago, he was overwhelmed by a painting entitled “The Rock, by Russian painter, Peter Blume, that a teacher had to search for him long after the class had moved on.
  • During his senior year in high school Ned, was singularly invited by the architect/owner of the Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright “Lloyd Lewis House” in Libertyville, IL for a tour and afternoon discussion about the unique design elements that the house incorporated.
  • After one year at Grinnell College. Ned felt there was a better way to achieve his goal. He worked at John M. Smyth Company as a staff interior designer for three years, at a private, private residential design firm for four years. Confident that he was ready, Ned Schechter Interior Design was then founded 1971.
  • Sitting with degreed students of design school, he passed the two day board exam given by the National Council For Interior Design Qualifications in 1983.
  • He was inducted in to the American Society of Interior Designers as a full professional member in 1984. Ned has subsequently earned many awards for service and contributions made to the ASID