Modern Design is what we live for. We wake up every day and think about how we can make spaces more attractive, comfortable and easy to use. And our Great-Grandmother, Iola (i-ola) would be proud to see that her namesake is being honored with such beauty. Our team consists of a small powerhouse of talent that sees spaces as palettes in which to help our clients define their design style and share it with the world.
Steven was born to do this and knew from a young age that his calling was to the design world. He was raised between his family’s traditional furniture store and his grandmother’s interior design studio in South Louisiana where his mother was also an interior designer. Steven studied interior design at Delgado in New Orleans and began his career in design at Design Within Reach where he managed showrooms in Florida and California. Steven went on to New York City to work with Italian design brand Alessi, then Seletti as National Sales Manager. With years of experience in business management and design, Steven realized it was time to make his own mark in the design world and opened Iola Modern in 2017.
Hometown: Houma, LA (50 miles southeast of New Orleans otherwise know as Cajun Country)
Favorite design item: Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck
Bring me coffee: Americano in the winter and cold brew the other 11 months.
Favorite travel destination: Milano
Outside of work, find me: Playing with my pugs, Dixie and Crystal Sugar, Sunday drives in the country, cooking in the Kitchen or traveling to my favorite cities.
My design muse: Michael Graves, Kelly Wearstler, Phillippe Starck
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Favorite design item: Kartell Kabuki Lamp
Bring me coffee: Double dirty chai latte
Favorite travel destination: Drop me anywhere in Italy
Outside of work, find me: Cooking new recipes, decorating my new home in Park Circle, training for a 2023 Marathon, international travel as long as it’s Italy.
My design muse: Antoni Gaudí
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Favorite design item: Kartell translucent, transparent furniture
Bring me coffee: of any kind!
Favorite travel destination: Vienna, Austria
Outside of work, find me: Exploring nature with Waylon Jennings, my German Shepherd
My design muse: Santiago Calatrava knows no limits!
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Favorite design item: Gräshoppa Floor Lamp by Greta Grossman
Bring me coffee: Cappuccino
Favorite travel destination: London and then off to Rome
Outside of work, find me: Visting my grandchildren, planting & gardening, cooking
My design muse: Greta Grossman
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Favorite Design Item: Serpentine Light by Front for Moooi
Bring me coffee: iced vanilla latte
Favorite Travel Destination: Just dying to visit Spain.
Outside of work, find me: Making a new playlist or listening to live music, having a meal with family or friends, baking, or watching skincare videos on YouTube.
My Design Muse: anything Art Deco.
Hometown: Saint Matthews, South Carolina
Favorite Design Item: Flock of Light by Moooi
Bring Me Coffee: Anything with vanilla
Favorite Travel Destination: Someday, I plan to visit Japan
Outside of work, find me: Researching new recipes to try, binge watching car videos, or hanging with friends and making memories.
My Design Muse: Frank Lloyd Wright