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Marc Thorpe Interview

American designer Marc Thorpe takes a dynamic approach to design, from its branding to its final production. Using social media experts and sound and lighting engineers, Thorpe engages with those at the forefront of technology. Through this exchange, Thorpe can incorporate the social aspects of space and form into his designs.

Who are you?

Marc Thorpe, I am creative director of a multi-disciplinary design practice in NYC.

What do you do?

We focus on everything from architecture, interiors, furniture, product and branding. Our clients range from small start-ups to global corporations.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up outside of Washington DC in Maryland. My father and mother have strong ties and family in Europe so I spent a lot of time traveling through Europe as a child.

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When did you take your first big risk in life?

My first big risk must have been moving to NYC 15 years ago. Not having any family, friends or work in a city like NY is intimidating. I started with the little I had and a dream to be an architect and designer.

Why have you persisted with the path you’re currently on?

I really don’t have a choice, my path is carved by pure passion for what I do. I’m fortunate in many ways to be able to do things I love to do and never take that for granted.

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Who is someone you’d love to work with, but can’t?

I think to have the opportunity to work with Louis Kahn would be one of my great dreams as an architect and designer.

What are you working on now?

We are currently working on some very exciting new projects for 600 year old beer company Stella Artois to be launched this year.

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Where do you spend most of your free time?

My free time is spent at home with my children.

What do you think is your biggest success so far?

The way I define success is simple, “do what you love.”

Written by Breanna Muir