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Episode 009: Alan Tanksley

March 9, 2016

Episode 009: Alan Tanksley


Alan Tanksley is among America’s leading practitioners of residential design, acclaimed for his versatility and attention to detail. Alan Tanksley excels with a mannered approach to interior space planning and his timely delivery of handsome, warm and approachable environments for living.

His day-to-day working relationships with leading architects gives his firm the unusual ability to collaborate with and draw upon expert talents to implement a wide range of architectural and design details for each project it undertakes.

Renown as an expert colorist, Alan Tanksley creates rich and appealing palettes that ultimately manage to make every interior space both exciting and relaxing simultaneously. He is also highly regarded for his custom furniture and fixture design.

As an associate with the distinguished Interior Decorator Mark Hampton, Alan Tanksley worked closely with Mr Hampton on the design and supervision of many of the company’s most notable residential projects. Upon leaving Mr. Hampton’s firm, he formed a partnership with Paula Perlini, a former colleague, before starting his own company in 1993. He is a graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Architecture specializing in Interior Architecture.

His work has been widely seen in publications such as Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House and Garden, Interior Design , Art and Antiques and Metropolitan Home.

Included among the organizations to which Alan Tanksley donates his time and talents are New York Forward Action which he co-founded in 1988, “Design on a Dime” benefiting Housing Works, Bailey Houses’s Annual Gala and Auction and “Dining by Design”, sponsored by Elle Decor.


James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and his book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.


About the author: Bill Indursky

Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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