Peti Lau is a New York City based interior designer with over ten years of residential and commercial experience. She has worked with top interior design firms in NYC, including Cullman & Kravis, Jeff Lincoln, Huniford Design Studio, and iCrave, holds a degree from the New York School of Interior Design, and has studied historical architecture in London. Over the past decade, Peti has brought her eclectic style to multiple countries and a variety of projects, including restaurants and bars, a post-modern house in Montclair, NJ, the Fifth Avenue pied-à-terre that was once the home of Ernest Hemingway, and several prewar apartments and modern lofts in NYC. Her designs have been featured in multiple magazines, including NYC&G (New York Cottages and Gardens), where she was profiled as a “Rising Star” in the NYC design community. Peti describes her vision as worldly, dramatic, romantic, and luxe. A world-traveler, she draws inspiration from a variety of cultural, professional, and artistic contexts, which she blends into her unique AristoFreak™ style. It began with her early career in Thailand and Mauritius and her work as an owner of a restaurant and cocktail bar and designer of a clothing line for chefs in Bali, Hawaii and India. Her experiences gave her an appreciation for luxurious details, quality craftsmanship, and a splash of the unexpected. AristoFreak™ brings together the chicness of the aristocrat and the rebelliousness of the bohemian to curate one of a kind piece’s that tell stories and create spaces of lasting curiosity.
What drives you to design?
I love and live for design because it's not only about looking good. It's about how spaces subconsciously creep in and something may function in a way that was planned and you many not even realize it. Form first, then the beauty excited the eye. It's a team. They both have to work together and that's what I think is great design. Not only does it have to be beautiful; it has to be smart!
Tell us your biggest design secret:
My biggest design secret is that one should learn the rules and then break them. Breaking them to me means really listening to that gut instinct. For example, when I am installing a pair of sconces, I sometimes don't have the opportunity to measure it's exact placement and will hang them based on my eye and gut. I wait for the moment when my gut says, "Ok, that's ti. Right there. That's where it should be. " Sometimes that can be challenging but I've learned that every time I listen to my gut, it never lies.
Describe your ideal project:
Where I had a client that absolutely understands my vision, trusts me and together our tastes and collaboration create a magical space.