Rayman Boozer is a seasoned NY interior design storyteller and mastermind behind Apartment 48. The studio’s design intention is to organically cultivate each client’s style vision. His design voice spans both residential and commercial spaces including modern lofts, TV studios and second homes.
His design inspiration began at the age of ten when he fervently poured over all types of design magazines in his bedroom. He attributes the work of legendary interior designers such as Albert Hadley and Sister Parrish as his catalysts for exploring interior design and fashion studies at Indiana University. Days after his graduation from Indiana University, he set off for the center of art and design; New York City.
The glamour of working in the New York design world quickly dissolved into an unpleasant reality of not-so-chic positions. However, Rayman parlayed that experience into a bigger plan. “I began to put my education to practice while working at Conran’s furniture store. It was there that I learned about branding and merchandising, and how essential presentation is to a creative business,” states Mr. Boozer. He leveraged this position’s lessons into opening his own furnishings store at 48 West 17th Street, thus the origin of Apartment 48. This bold move was the transition into the interior design world. A 1997 issue of “Time Out” magazine dubbed Rayman “The Color Guru” based on his perfect paint color choices. Ever since, Apartment 48’s reputation has solidified its expertise in crafting unique spaces that combine vibrant colors, exotic materials and contemporary furnishings.
Now over two decades later, Apartment 48 has captured several landmark moments designing for commercial properties, production studios and flagship offices. The recently completed Verizon media office and revamp of the Build Series green rooms have been just two recent commercial endeavors that have garnered a myriad of praise. Additionally, he is collaborating with members of the Black Artists and Designers Guild to expand the industry’s design conversation.
Mr. Boozer takes these successes in stride and with gratitude. He is a regular guest at many of the top New York events wearing a fashionably tailored ensemble that mixes his signature bold colors and pattern combining.
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