Inspiration Board | Lilianne Steckel

For an interior designer, visualization is often just as important as execution.

Such was the case for Lilianne Steckel, who “was motivated to have a big central statement” on a recent project—doing interiors for Austin’s Argus Cidery—as you approached the space “since it is in a slightly remote location.” Steckel explains, “We all loved the idea and it became the large chandelier that is in the middle of the tasting room now. While we worked on the space, we carried the concept through the design phases with us. But it wasn’t until it was being made…that the clients had the ‘Aha!’ moment of understanding the impact. As soon as it was hung, no one could imagine the space without it.”

Steckel, who has been working in Austin for three years, moved to the city from Los Angeles with a firm, but branched out on her own in 2011 when local opportunities emerged. In addition to Argus Cidery and residential projects, Steckel also did interiors for Flat Track Coffee and recently completed the upscale Soma Lounge on West Fifth Street. Currently, she’s working with Thunderbird Coffee to redo their North Austin location on Koenig.

Though flexibility is an asset to her work, Steckel describes her own aesthetic as “rough luxe… a juxtaposition of natural materials [with] a rustic undertone [contrasted by] a more polished, modern, or vintage chic main statement.” The inspiration board she shared with TRIBEZA is indicative of this mixing of elements: “a little of everything: sparkle, natural stone, bold fabric, color, textural art, brass, and vintage.”


1. Tony Duquette Book: "Tony was a close friend of my family and inspired me with his fantastical and beautiful designs since childhood. He is one of the reasons I am a designer today." 2. Air Plant: "Greenery is so important! It adds a little extra life and can be so interesting and sculptural like this air plant, swirling in different directions." 3. Carol Westwood book: Black and white photography from 1974-1996. "Classic." 4. Sculptural figure: "I love European antiques, especially art and a


Photography by: Bill Sallans

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