About Tony Fornabaio

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Interior designer Tony Fornabaio is founder of his New York City based design company, Tony Fornabaio Interior Design. Since launching his company in 2004, Fornabaio has designed for notable clients in the entertainment, finance, media, fashion and hospitality world. Fornabaio is universally known for his ability to create modern, yet classic interiors with an inviting aesthetic, reflecting the individuality of his clients.

“The best interiors make your heart pound.” Tony Fornabaio, Featured in Elle Decor’s Words of Wisdom
As the youngest of six children, Fornabaio’s passion for interior design was ignited by his father’s “Renaissance man” talent. Designing wall stencils, repairing furniture, painting and writing poetry, Fornabaio learned the art of originative design at an early age. The creative family influence was strengthened by his older sister’s passion for organizational, clean design, reflected in Fornabaio’s inventive use of small spaces.

In 1988, while living and working in Paris and Milan as a Fashion Model, Fornabaio took the opportunity to study abroad, embracing the history of furniture, architecture, art, colors and fashionable design.

Fornabaio’s diverse design portfolio includes exclusive store windows on Madison Avenue in New York, Balharbour, and Miami, staging of the most prestigious apartments, homes, and brownstones, as well as fashion show stage design.

Fornabaio has had the privelage of working with Albert Hadley’s protégé, James Andrew, and as head designer for Christopher Maya. Shortly after the opportunity to design an apartment for one of Broadway’s top Directors, his career skyrocketed, achieving featured articles in premier design publications such as Elle Decor and Elle Decor World Class. Elle Décor, featuring the design of his Park Avenue Apartment, acclaimed “Grand Illusions for a Manhattan Apartment with petite proportions, Fornabaio employs dramatic flourishes to make a big statement.”

His flair of the dramatic and subtle statements that infuses modern and classic elements from the organic to the most decadent designs have been seen in apartments and homes through out New York City, the Hamptons, Long Island, and Miami.

“It’s all one big great world and if your given the opportunity to create on many levels to offer people not only a beautiful place to live in but fun & fabulous environments to celebrate life in then you have just begun to have the best of both worlds.” – Tony Fornabaio
Fornabaio’s recognition has expanded beyond the interior design world where he has created some of the largest, most notable productions, events & benefits hosted by some of the world’s most elite celebrities, socialites and nightlife personalities.