Nationally acclaimed interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins mixes vibrant colors with layered patterns to create architecturally inspired spaces that are, at once, elegant, inventive and timeless. Taking cues from runway fashion, his residences feature luxurious and refined materials including intricate wallcoverings, sculptural lighting and stately furnishings. Jenkins’ goal “is to ensure that my clients’ homes are always classic, chic and without an expiration date,” states the designer. Jenkins’ has designed client projects throughout the United States in Michigan, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and Nevada, and internationally in Toronto, Canada.
Most recently Jenkins was honored with Traditional Home’s “New Trad” Rising Star of Design Award, as well as an extensive cover feature highlighting a recent commission. His work has also garnered attention from numerous publications including Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, House Beautiful, Veranda, Domino, and HGTV. His brand expanded into product design with the 2016 launch of Corey Damen Jenkins Exclusively for Leathercraft, a line of elegant home furnishings. In 2018, Corey debuted a new lighting collection with Hudson Valley Lighting—the first designer collaboration in the brand’s history. He was also tapped to design the national ad campaign (Vanity Fair, Elle Décor) for DXV, American Standard’s luxury kitchen and bath line.
Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates expanded its imprint in 2018 with the opening of a second office in New York City’s Flatiron District. However, Jenkins remains dedicated to the resurgence of his hometown Detroit, and the original Birmingham, Michigan studio will continue to serve as the firm’s flagship location.
Jenkins strongly believes in giving back to the design community. His firm generously supports a number of charities including Housing Works: Design On A Dime, Variety For The Children, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and DIFFA: Dining By Design in New York City.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
Black History is such an evolving narrative because we are still making history in the present, and will continue to break through barriers in the future. What warms my heart is seeing millions of people from every race and walk of life coalescing together to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in February. Think about it: my ancestors were brought to the States against their will. But their descendants—including yours truly—have chosen to remain here to contribute to the social, financial and cultural wealth of the United States. And you can see our contributions woven throughout everything from music and fashion to technology and design. So I’m thrilled we are acknowledging that and celebrating it.
Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Create This Year?
I recently bought a place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A big part of that decision was fueled by the visual inspiration I always receive every time I visit there. The cobblestone streets, old world towns, strong cultural touches, and, of course, the hospitable people and delicious food really appeal to me. In fact, the prevalence of terra cotta, sky blue, gold and other rich earth tones in Puerto Vallarta strongly influenced the color palette I’m currently designing for a client’s master en suite!
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