In a field that few people enter, well, by design, a professional pedigree like Constantin Gorges’ is rarely seen. Gorges, who arrived in New York City from Germany at 19, studied at Parsons and then graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in interior design. Though he describes his party-filled first years as “ a bit Bright Lights, Big City-ish,” his list of early employers reads like a who’s who of interior design firms: Parish-Hadley Associates, Noel Jeffrey and Peter Marino, where he oversaw Giorgio Armani’s boutique on Madison Avenue and Valentino Garavani’s pied-à-terre in Manhattan. Four years after Gorges opened his eponymous firm in New York, images of his space at the renowned Kips Bay Decorator Show House were published front-and-center in The New York Times’ House & Home section.
“This changed my career. At 34, I was one of the youngest designers to achieve this level of recognition,” Gorges remarks. Having conquered New York, Gorges spend two years in Palm Beach before moving to Miami in 2005. Here, a sophisticated cadre of clients keeps him busy. His current projects include a home on Indian Creek for a hip New York art collecting couple; and 8000 square foot Coral Gables condominium for a prominent developer; and a residence, also in the Gables, for a pharmaceutical executive. But, like his younger self, the now 43 year old Gorges likes to leave room for fun. Every summer, he heads for the South of France. “I’m like a helicopter rotor that takes 10 minutes to stop spinning when the machine is off!” he says of transitioning out of his busy pace. “It takes me three days to land."