New York, NY, Interior Designer
It may surprise those of you who know Christopher Raessler well that he was born in Tennessee—Memphis, to be exact—because he has become such a fixture on the Miami design scene it’s difficult to imagine him hailing from anywhere else! His formative years were spent in West Palm Beach (his family moved there when he was two), and he made his way to Miami in 1979 to attend college, earning his BA in finance from the University of Miami and his interior design degree from the International Fine Arts College afterward. His career experience as a designer began with the founding of The South Beach Design Group in 1993. He added a high-end furniture showroom to his resume in 1996 and then RGR Design Associates in 2008 (when he also added a New York City residence and office to his address book).
It is the RGR Design Associates brand, which he founded with Andres Guzman, that has lifted his stature even higher—the firm’s dedication to the meticulous creation of exclusive high-end interior environments has landed him projects from the United States and Europe to Latin America and the Caribbean. Licensed in both New York and Florida—an important distinction in a world where legitimacy matters—he leads a team with such vigorous energy, it’s a dynamic ride just to hear about the projects they are composing. These properties illustrate the range of styles they easily ace, from ultra-modern condominiums in South Beach and condominium buildings basking under the South Florida sun to châteaux in France. Raessler’s portfolio includes numerous national and international articles about his firm and his design prowess, and he has garnered ample awards during his 20 years as a design professional. We at Global Lighting took it as such a compliment that he agreed to be one of our tastemakers, choosing the Atto 5000 by Secto Design, envisioned by Seppo Koho, as his pick amongst the products we bring to North America.