By Design: Gaux Girl Young Huh on the Perfect Mix2021-05-12
Cheerful, optimistic, and full of energy, Schumacher x Margaux was inspired by vivacious and stylish creatives—and in celebration of the collaboration we're featuring several such tastemakers, from top interior designers and style connoisseurs to creators and curators at Schumacher.
We're collecting our conversations in this special "By Design" series. Below, meet our newest Gaux Girl, designer Young Huh, then peek into the career of Schumacher's Vice President of Design.
While representing a wide range of industries, one thing our Gaux Girls always have in common is a love of style. And while some dabble in its delights on a personal level, others pursue sartorial ambitions professionally—as is the case with Young Huh, an interiors ace whose eponymous design firm has won accolades from Vogue, ELLE Decor, Architectural Digest, and more.
Young came to the world of interiors after pursuing other paths first (she studied English as an undergraduate before earning her law degree and clerking at New York's Supreme Court). Disparate on the surface, there is a connective fiber between those fields and her end choice if you look closer: Creating gorgeously appointed rooms is all about a narrative after all, and a storyline-focused approach is familiar to practitioners of law and English experts.
As an interior designer, Young's calling card is all about exuberant color and prints, underscoring her belief that "a space should be about joy and pretty things." That penchant for vibrancy made shooting her in our just-launched Schumacher x Margaux collaboration a natural fit, as the hues and patterns included were picked specifically to embody a feeling of cheerful optimism.
Read our conversation below, then explore the collaboration.
Professionally, you came to interiors later after working in other fields. When did you first fall in love with the world of design? And then realize your love was substantial enough to make a career out of?
I think I really understood the impact of design when I started attending Cranbrook Kingswood school in Bloomfield Hills, MI for middle school. Everywhere, the impact of design and decoration was felt, from the architecture of the buildings down to the rugs, furniture and tapestries on the walls. Growing up and attending school on the Cranbrook grounds was like absorbing design school every day.
Can you speak about pivoting or making a bold move to follow your passion? Specifically, was it a hard decision to leave law to focus on design?
It wasn’t hard to leave the law, but it was hard to not feel guilty about not using my education. I finally got over it when my husband said, "Don’t let your education be a burden to you. We should never regret the paths we have taken to get to where we are."
What is the relationship between client and designer like? How do you go about stepping into someone else's imagination and heart to understand what sort of rooms they want to live in?
It is such a fun experience for me! I feel that my job is to interpret someone’s dreams and make them a reality. I also have to guide them so they don’t go down paths that they will regret or will not work to their benefit. I find the process so fun and rewarding. It's like having the chance to be a fairy godmother!
What were some of the biggest challenges in setting up your own firm? Was there anything that particularly surprised you?
Just about everything! I was overwhelmed by just the operational challenges: having computers that worked, filing sales tax, getting things from point A to B. I learned that you really need to be understand every step from being the housekeeper to being chief strategist. What surprised me was just like how details matter in design, details matter in business too.
What do you think are the most important qualities for someone leading a team? What do you pride yourself on?
I think the most important thing as a design leader is creating and expressing the vision to your team and getting everyone to understand it too. What I pride myself on is being someone who can see the big picture early on, seeing what the project will look like, and then structuring the project to make it happen.
At Margaux, we love beautiful neutrals and playful prints equally. How do you go about striking the perfect balance between bold and soft in your work?
That’s what I love about Margaux! You need balance, harmony, and tension for a room to be good, so there needs to be a mix of neutral and pattern, whimsy and serious. Finding the sweet spot can be hard, but I always say that if you can put together an outfit, you can figure out a room. It just takes more time and has more spatial complexity.
What feels so serendipitous about the collaboration between Schumacher and Margaux?
Schumacher has the loveliest prints and I think they are such a fashion-forward company. It's befitting that they would want to collaborate with another fashionable and forward-thinking company. It’s a perfect match! Both of your brands are always looking out for what’s the next cool thing!
What does being a girl on the gaux mean to you?
It means living your life to the fullest—being authentic and not afraid to show your realness. But also having imagination, seeing possibilities, and embracing all that could be coming your way!