About Darlene Molnar
Darlene Molnar founded her firm in 2011 after working at firms in the UK and US. Educated at Parsons New School of Design in Paris, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, she earned her Master of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Corcoran College of Art & Design. Molnar is NCIDQ certified and LEED accredited, with a specialization in interior design and construction. She has collaborated with Crate & Barrel and Umbra. Formally, a professional member of and national media spokesperson for the American Society of Interior Designers and an adjunct instructor in the Interior Architecture & Design Department at George Washington University, Molnar has also been featured on HGTV. She was also named a “Hot New Talent” by Home & Design.
“Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be an interior designer, but my got my professional start after grad school when I was laid off during the economic downturn in 2009. I started doing small projects here and there, which turned into bigger projects, referrals, and repeat clients that has grown ever since.” -Darlene Molnar
Her design for her previous Mid-century residence holds a mixture of vintage finds, DIY items, and typographical details. An old DC metro bus map serves as a main focal point in the kitchen. Molnar collaborated with her father, a leather maker, to design a custom Bertoia chair. She also designed a quiet space on the small balcony of the unit, which overlooks the building’s courtyard. Her biggest splurge was reupholstering a Mies van der Rohe side chair in a wool plaid fabric by Paul Smith for Maharam. She also designed a bold kitchen for HGTV’s Showhouse Showdown. The kitchen featured painted lime green walls with stainless steel appliances. She also used prominent floral accents. New light fixtures were installed to make the space brighter over the island. Spacious cabinet space was installed to allow for maximum storage.
I can’t help but look at the backgrounds in movies and on tv shows. I am currently loving the set of the new Will & Grace – it’s masculine and cozy and full of details. –Darlene Molnar