Profile in Style | Claire Zinnecker

Interior Designer.

Don’t let her petite stature and long blond locks fool you—Claire Zinnecker can wire a light, build a table and have her way with a saw, drill or hammer.

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the garage working with my dad's tools (my brother and I had our own smaller set to build with),” she remembers. “We built doll furniture and would work on the playhouse and do other small projects. He always showed me how to do things, and then stepped back and let me do it on my own, so I was able to fully learn and understand how things are made.”

She grew up in Austin and daydreamed of becoming an architect starting at the young age of five. Her uncle, who is an architect in L.A., encouraged her to pursue interior design because of her fascination with textures, patterns and art and as she began to research the field more, it became clear that was the right career choice, so she enrolled in the interior design program at UT. She spent a summer in college interning with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in L.A. and back in Austin after graduation she landed a dream design job working with Joel Mozersky of One Eleven Design, where she has worked on exciting projects like Midnight Cowboy, Parish Underground, Rainey Street’s Nova Bar + Kitchen, and the Rattle Inn.

“Working in the creative world is incredibly exciting because not one day is the same as the next. You are constantly meeting new people, coming up with unique ideas and seeing their dreams and your ideas combine to create a space for people to enjoy,” she says. “I think I get the best of all worlds because I am able to establish relationships with amazing individuals and help their dreams become a reality, all the while doing something that I love.”

In addition to her design work, Claire became a regular contributor to the popular blog, Camille Styles. She and Camille were old family friends and when they met for coffee, Camille offered Claire a contributor spot. Her segment is called "Transformed." “It was originally supposed to be me taking an object and “transforming” it to have some other purpose. This quickly turned into simply large-scale DIY's instead, which I learned was one of my passions and something readers enjoy seeing.” She’s made everything from a copper sconce to a stitched pouf.

The future is bright for this rising design star, who hopes to marry her passions for interior design and making things in her next chapter. From making furniture and light fixtures to holding workshops for women on the art of power tools, the possibilities are endless. She says: “Though I'm not exactly sure where I'm headed, I'm loving my path so far!”

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Photography by Wynn Meyers

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