Ernest de la Torre employs a timeless style that blends traditional and modern influences around a passion for art and design. His bold approach has established Ernest as an interior designer who consistently breaks new ground for clients, discerning their needs and custom tailoring surroundings to be a perfect fit to them.
Raised in Lake Forest, Illinois, his passion for design was influenced by the local classic architecture of David Adler and Mies van der Rohe. de la Torre embarked on his design career at Peter Marino Architects in New York, and later bolstered his knowledge through graduate studies at Sotheby’s Fine and Decorative Arts in London, and later at Columbia University. de la Torre further honed his architectural vision by teaming with Ian Schrager and later with the Ralph Lauren Home Division, creating new furniture, lighting, and table top and textile concepts.
de la Torre founded his own design studio in 2001 and has since completed significant homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Vermont, Beverly Hills and Greenwich, CT. The firm completed the restoration of the historic Cooper Mansion in Tuxedo Park replete with Aesthetic period antiques to art deco gems. This project was featured on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Elle Décor. A state of the art Nakashima inspired triplex loft in Soho with equal square footage both inside and out was published in the 2013 issue of Architectural Digest, and a recently completed project at 955 Fifth is soon to be in the pages of Architectural Digest. Our Mercer Street Loft project graced the cover of Luxe magazine in 2015. Currently underway are projects at fabled 740 Park Avenue and 515 Park Avenue. More projects are underway in the Bahamas as well as a super yacht and two Gulfstream jets.
de la Torre design was honored to be included in Elle Décor’s List of The 25 Top Interior Designers, included in the Luxe Gold List, and published in various publications including Architectural Digest.