My practice is the culmination of lifelong interests in antiques, classical architecture and formal gardens. Born in Tehran, Iran I came to America at a young age. I was exposed to European antiques and the decorative arts attending estate auctions of Italian, French, and 19th century decor with my mother, an antiques dealer and decorator. We resided in a finely curated home layered in rich fabrics, antique furnishings and decoratives that resonated in me the foundations of tradition, artisanship and attention to detail.
After having graduated from Cornell University, I furthered my education in Florence, Italy studying interior and garden design.
I am passionate about homes, gardens, rooms - any space where personality thrives, and emotion is evoked. It is that feeling that drives my passion to create beautiful spaces. By artfully combining classical and modern elements of the finest craftsmanship, I strive to create spaces that convey emotion while ensuring that each room is functional, refined and stylistically eclectic.
With each space I visualize the environment as a work of art that meshes form, function, and beauty together seamlessly. I tailor each space to my client’s lifestyle and budget, while infusing my aesthetic sensibility and refined taste level to ensure a result that is unique, personal and visually striking.
Maneli Wilson is not only one of the best designers we have worked with, she is also one of the best people, period. A true collaborator, Maneli is no diva designer. She listens to her clients needs and desires then works relentlessly to deliver amazing spaces that are inviting, functional and truly unique.
Maneli's skillset goes well beyond interior design. She plays the role of architect, contractor, project manager and accountant.
She has delivered each of our projects on time and under budget. take it from a very opinionated client, we placed a tremendous amount of faith in her skills and ABILIties. they show through in the amazing spaces she created.
- IAN HAFNER, PRINCIPAL
SPIRIT INVESTMENT PARTNERS
Maneli has a fabulous eye and spatial sense. She combines a wonderful sense of collaborative vision and adventure with precise sourcing of outstanding individual pieces and an uncanny ability to maximize light and space.
- FRANCES GRANT & DAVID LEWIS
LAGUARDIA PLACE RESIDENCE
Maneli helped us take our dated and cluttered Soho loft and transform it into a spacious and chic NYC apt. She took our simple vision for a renovation and used her skill, creativity and "out of the box" thinking to bring to reality a space that we never imagined we could have.
Maneli was very respectful of the fact that we had a budget that we needed to work with and was able to provide flexible options to us without compromising on quality or aesthetic. She was thoughtful throughout the process to ensure we were well apprised of each and every step that was being taken, and thus, made a traditionally painful process become almost seamless.
I felt like we had a partner that was with us each and every step of the way and was willing to do anything to help the process run smoothly. We can only say that we are beyond thrilled with the results as she genuinely exceeded every expectation we had going into the project.