S tedila Design, Inc., founded in 1973, is a full-service design firm whose credo is about creating spaces for real people that reflect their needs. This signature style applies to how they work with all of their clients, whether a residential, commercial or hospitality project. Their design sensibility in the residential field translates seamlessly into their commercial and hospitality designs, giving each a unique and intimate quality. The firm, founded by John Stedila is also lead by partner Tim Button. Their complementary backgrounds in interior design and architecture give a holistic approach to their projects, which often include repeat clientele. All the head designers are always hands-on, giving direct principal attention to every design and client. The firm, a collaborator on the first LEED Platinum condominium in the U.S., works effortlessly with top architects, builders and artisans, always bringing an educated and honed eye to all their design projects. SDI's work has been published widely in books and magazines and has been included in House Beautiful magazine's "Top 100 Designers."
John Stedila draws inspiration from classical forms. Even though his firm's and his own aesthetics lean towards the modern, Stedila effortlessly blurs the lines as is evidenced in his Hampton residence, which has been published in Elle Décor and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Stedila gained expertise in retail design during his eight years with three leading retail design firms before starting his own company in 1973. His experience with Raymond Loewy, considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, was invaluable. Macy's, F.W. Uhlman, Botticelli Shoes and Louis Boston are among the firm's retail clients. Stedila's passion also includes residential where he has designed homes for fashion designers such as Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein. The Klein commission came about when the designer saw Stedila's apartment published in Glamour.
Tim Button, a partner with John Stedila in SDI since 1980, graduated from Parsons School of Design's Environmental Design program. His expertise and sensibility to “green” design has made him sought after by clients in the commercial and hospitality field as well as in the high-end residential market that the firm is known for. In his long association with Albanese Development and architects Pelli Clark Pelli, Button has changed the way people live in an urban environment. His 25-year relationship with Louis Boston has again drawn attention as he creates their new, modernist envelope along the Boston waterfront.