Gary Inman devotes his career to advancing the art of fine living in the design of luxury resorts, hotels, homes, and furnishings. As president of Gary Inman Interior Design, his work for clients such as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Pinehurst Resort, Duke University, Elm Court, the Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Estate, Hilton Hotels, and many of today’s most respected corporate leaders has been recognized with 18 ASID-IIDA awards, and the Elevate Award as the Top Luxury Hospitality Designer.
A lifelong student of the traditions of design, Gary holds an MA in Art History from The School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed his coursework and exams for a PhD in architectural history at the University of Virginia. This academic aspect of his education was enhanced by two hands-on experiences. Studying the architecture and decorative arts of the Victorian Era at the Victorian Society London Summer School on a Forbes Foundation Scholarship, he learned that the best design reaches beyond the building and the shape and furnishing of its spaces to embrace the artwork, textiles, finishes, decorations, and even the utilitarian items of everyday life, before moving outward to the garden and the landscape, leaving no detail unconsidered in its quest to realize a cohesive vision. Attending the Attingham Summer School on a Royal Oak Foundation Fellowship, he met with the owners, head gardeners, and curatorial staff of some of the finest English country houses and seats to see how an enduring design intertwines with and supports the lives of the people who enjoy and maintain it. From these experiences he gained the belief that great design is not the work of a single author but the result of an ongoing, multidisciplinary creative collaboration.
Convinced of the foundational value of the traditions and history of design, Gary participates on the board of the Bienenstock Furniture Library to preserve and expand its position as the place where working designers and students of design can draw inspiration from the greatest minds to have graced our field.