Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller formed Kapito Muller Interiors in the fall of 2012 with the intention of melding their individual talents into a creative partnership that would focus on designing stylish and livable spaces while incorporating the unique tastes and sensibilities of their clients.
What inspired this career path for you? We’re both pretty creative people. Alyssa got a masters in Renaissance art before she decided to try designing interiors, and Vivian worked at Women’s Wear Daily. Ultimately though, designing interiors was what felt right to us as it combines all of our passions, like art, style, photography, and even elements of fashion.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? Pinterest is our absolute favorite. Just being able to collect and organize thousands of images that inspire us is so helpful and clarifying.
Tell us about your creative process. We love to have our clients play a major role in our projects, which makes it super fun for us because every project ends up being entirely different and new. We’re big believers that a home should have the personality of the owner, just enhanced by his or her designer.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Clean, Tailored, Classic, Whimsical, Fresh, and hopefully, Chic!
What are the biggest trends you see in interior design right now and what are you loving (and not loving)? People are thankfully getting more and more comfortable breaking rules and vastly mixing styles lately. We absolutely love it. Think an antique French desk with a Gerrit Rietveld chair from the 30’s. It’s a really subtle way of making the old new again. For trends we don’t love— we’re still not feeling the rebirth of the chintz, but maybe we’re just traumatized from growing up in the 90’s.
What’s a staple in your tool kit? Blue painters tape.
Who do you look up to in the design world? Stephen Sills is beyond genius and we’re pretty much Mark Cunningham groupies.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? A study or office, it’s our very favorite type of space. It’s really personal but still allows for unexpected and refined details. It would be cool to design a study for someone with a great eye and an air of creativity, like a museum curator or a fashion executive.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. “Lacquer? I don’t even know her!” It’s silly but makes us laugh. Our friend Michael Tavano likes to say that.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?Elle Decor and Modern Family .
Why do you love Viyet? It’s the perfect place to shop for high-end pieces. It’s also so well-curated, so you never have to worry about quality, which is really nice as a designer.