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For Dwayne Bergmann, style is his defining characteristic, motivation, and inspiration. The eye is drawn to certain elements of beauty, be it in fashion or interiors, and Dwayne takes great pride and pleasure in embodying that beauty and bringing it to life for his clients. Drawing comparisons between apparel and furniture, art and jewelry, personal style is not only what you wear but how you live. We sat down (virtually) with Dwayne to discover how his passion for fashion translates into interiors, how his love of design informs his undeniable sense of style, and how his two great loves intersect.
DWAYNE ON FASHION...
 
How do you define your personal style?
I love clothing. It’s a huge inspiration in my interior design.  Personally, Tom Ford and Armani to classic men’s haberdashery.  
 
How does your passion for design manifest in your personal style?
I love putting together various “looks” for different occasions and events… I will sometimes experiment with a color combination in a wardrobe before trying it in an interior.
 
How has your personal style evolved over the years?
My style hasn’t really changed that much just the quality and attention to detail (fit, drape, stitching) has become much more sophisticated. 
 
You see a fabulously dressed person across the room at a party that stops you in your tracks. What are they wearing that catches your eye?
I’m always drawn to the perfect simple cut or the perfect blend of texture and scale. 
 
When you are vacationing, do you pack outfits or mix and match separates?
I usually pack outfits. Sometimes I will pack “options” of separates but typically plan out the “perfect” outfit, so I just simply grab and go while on vacation without having to think about putting something together. 
 
What is your favorite fashion brand?
Armani. Dior and Givenchy are runner’s up for women’s fashion inspiration. Vintage really inspires me the most… also Carolina Herrera is having a moment presently… and always Halston’s clean lines.
DWAYNE ON DESIGN...
 
How do you define your design style?
My personal design style leans towards minimal modern, with masculine moody color palettes.  And a touch of brass is always on the menu.
 
What’s the one thing no home is complete without?
At least one piece of original art.  Right now, we are thrilled to have a sculpture by the Brilliant New York based artist Timothy Paul Myers going into our Third Street South, Naples location as well as a few of his paintings.
 
What elements of your design aesthetic are influenced by fashion?
Color combinations of fabrics but also color combinations of woods, paints, and tiles… we also have been talking within the firm about the way a dress falls or a shoulder is cut in terms of headboards and chairs.
 
How do you translate your client’s fashion sense into design style?
It is always fun when a client has a certain dress she adores or designer she loves.  Playing with her on creating from that inspiration.  Other times I’ve had clients with no interest in fashion, but we connect on a level of art or nature.  
 
How has your design style evolved over the course of your career?
I have become more and more minimal over the years. I think my admiration on how much attention is required to architecture, space planning, and scale in minimal design and the challenges required to make a minimal environment feel warm and inviting are what continue to inspire me personally. 
 
You are flipping through a design magazine but stop on a spread of a dream space. Describe it.
Strong clean lines, modernity, freshness, natural colors with textural delineation, interesting art, and minimal furniture mixing straight and curved lines in unison. 
 
What design brand most closely matches your personal design style?
Minnotti.
LIVING STYLISHLY
 
What does “casual elegance” mean to you from a fashion perspective? From a design perspective?
I love ‘casual elegance’ as for me it means even though I’m not wearing a tux, there is a certain ‘put together’ feeling giving the wardrobe an elegant feeling yet it’s not overwhelming or intimidating. The same applies to design…a room that is inviting and warm yet totally put together is casually elegant. 
 
What fashions brand have inspired your interiors?
Armani, Tom Ford, Valentino, Chanel.
 
Do you prefer working with clients with the same style sensibility as you or prefer the challenge of adapting to theirs?
I love working with clients who have a sense of style period. They don’t need to share my own personal style – I actually think that would be terribly boring, but I do prefer they at least have some “sense of style.”  Even if they don’t feel that they do I love helping them unearth it and designing from there.
 
What are your favorite colors to wear? To design with?
I wear a lot of blue, black, grey tan and white, purple, pink. I design with all colors with no fear as I’m very comfortable working across all color genres. 
 
What colors would you never wear? Never design with?
I rarely wear green or yellow. In my Florida designs I don’t design with these colors very often either as I usually think these are best showcased by nature…it’s hard to compete with the natural beauty of most landscapes and sunsets.   Sand and stones are inspiring me at the moment.
 
Would you rather a dream wardrobe or dream home?
Dream home with a closet to hold my dream wardrobe. Haha!
YOUR 4 WALLS
Dwayne Bergmann Interiors’ Your 4 Walls series continues the firm’s mission to re-imagine and redefine the meaning of “home” by pushing the boundaries of the walls that surround us to create a sanctuary for our clients and their families. 
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