Shawn Henderson Interior Design

Although the elements of Henderson’s style are consistent — unfussy clean forms, artisanal integrity and honest materials — he deploys them in strikingly individualistic ways that fit each client like a glove.

All photos by Stephen Kent Johnson

Riffing on the whiplash curves laid down by architects Herzog and de Meuron in a new condo building along lower Manhattan’s Hudson River, Shawn Henderson elevates a cocktail area inside one of its apartments to the level of sculpture. “I designed a tremendous amount of millwork to conceal passages, mechanical and AV equipment,” says Henderson, a resolute modernist, referring to his sleek wood additions. He plays off their sinuous forms by placing an uneven number of Milo Baughman swivel chairs, sourced on 1stDibs, around a custom table made of black Corian over which hangs artist Olafur Eliasson’s Tetrahedral Night light installation from 2017. “Typical of my work is just the right combination of vintage, new and custom items,” Henderson says of the juxtaposition. “I love it.”

“I’ve always aimed to create a space that reflects how my clients live, what the space calls for, and then I layer in my aesthetic.”

Design philosophy?

“My clients are enjoying their homes now more than ever. It gives me immense joy to be able to create a space that is warm and comfortable and safe.”

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