With an impressive career trajectory that includes tenures with renowned firms such as Rockwell Group, Jeffrey Beers International, and ICRAVE, and projects for brands including W Hotels and Resorts, Rosa Mexicano, and Mercadito Hospitality, Vincent Celano recently started his own New York-based design, architecture, and branding firm—Celano Design Studio. Here, the designer talks early inspirations, current projects, and the importance of knowing your guest.
Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?
I probably never knew it was called that at 8 years old, but at that early age I would always sketch and paint and then as I got older, around age 10 or 12, I really wanted to understand how things came together. For me it was mostly through buildings/architecture because of how impactful they were to my surroundings and the interesting materials used. Also, I always loved color and texture and their influences and relevancy to people and culture.