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Hall of Fame Profiles — Paul Draper

Owner, Paul Draper Designs
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Paul Draper, Owner, Paul Draper Designs Dan Piassick

Owner, Paul Draper Designs

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Paul Draper came to design first through his love of collecting Japanese artwork and antiquities. Still a teenager, he would pore through Christie’s and Sotheby’s catalogues and frequent major galleries in Chicago and New York. “My eyes were opened to the love of art, the beauty of objects, and the refinement of craft,” he says.

Draper went on to study architecture and design at the University of Oregon, with further studies at Waseda University in Tokyo before moving to San Francisco to begin his career in interior design—a career that took him to a myriad of fascinating places around the world. Now, four decades later, Draper leads an award-winning interior design firm that beautifully integrates interior design and architecture in homes throughout Dallas and beyond. Current projects include the design for a home on the central coast of California, which is composed of a cluster of interconnected structures that are sited atop a hill overlooking the family’s vineyards and the vast landscape spreading out before them for miles. 

Draper is sought after for his unique vision and creativity, his expertise in bespoke furniture and understanding of spacial design, his keen eye for aesthetics, and the ability to blend functionality with beauty. In each project, he strives to provide a cutting-edge quality to his work, while maintaining a classic and timeless style. “I prefer designs that stand the test of time, building in ways to be refreshed through the years,” he says.

Draper has worked with such notable architects as Frank Welch, Max Levy, and Overland Partners. “When possible, I prefer to be a part of the design process at an early stage with the architects,” Draper says. Whether working with new or existing architecture, Draper seeks to seamlessly integrate his designs, creatively enhancing the space’s aesthetics and functionality using a palette of rich natural materials, finely crafted furnishings, and lighting to complement the architecture while addressing the specific needs and desires of the occupants. The result is a home that looks stunning while offering a sense of harmony and comfort. A home that aligns perfectly with the lifestyle and personality of its owners.

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