Interior Design ’05

Darrin Varden launched his eponymous decorating firm in 2013, focusing on New York City apartments, after working for Jamie Drake, Charles Klein, and Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. In 2014, the International Furnishings and Design Association named him a Rising Star. He tries to let his clients’ tastes dictate their interiors, but he gravitates toward “loungy, chic spaces where art is integrated in the design, rather than something that’s thought of afterward.

Photo: For the 2013 Holiday House, a designer showcase benefiting breast cancer research, Varden incorporated a giant photograph of swirling nudes by Angelo Musco. Photography by Ric Lew.