Marks & Frantz Interior Design was created from a shared passion for design and decoration. Lisa and Lydia met in the film business while working as freelance production designers and set decorators. They worked on many projects together and independently for several years before deciding to pool their talent and resources to create Marks & Frantz. Their background in set design informs a creative and new approach to their projects.
Lydia Marks studied fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston. She majored in photography and after graduating, worked at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This evolved into a career in set design and decoration. Some of the highlights of her body of work include: Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City 1 and 2, Broken Flowers and the Namesake Films. Lydia has also created iconic visuals for many high profile advertising campaigns, such as Mercedes-Benz, Calvin Klein, L’Oreal and Maybelline. After designing the rooftop bar at The Strand Hotel, the residential and commercial interior design clients followed. Lydia brings an original and creative approach to her work that airms to create beautiful, comfortable spaces that reflect the clients’ unique personality. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Originally from Houston, Lisa Frantz got a Journalism degree from the University of Colorado and headed to New York City upon graduation. After working as an editor for various fashion magazines, she learned to tell great visual stories through photo shoots and this evolved into a career in set design for film, television commercial and print ads. Lisa’s clients, which included Saks Fifth Avenue, Wyndham Hotels, Neiman Marcus and Vanity Fair, attracted the attention of producers, directors and actors on these numerous projects and they began to request her skills for their own private interior spaces. More residential and commercial clients soon followed, leading to a dedicated interior design business. She has designed homes in New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Aspen. Lisa believes in timeless, classic design that will never feel dated. She currently resides in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and two daughters.
Lisa and Lydia believe that each client brings with them an opportunity to use a new approach to interior design. With an eclectic mix of vintage and new furniture, lighting, luxurious fabrics, unexpected accessories and interesting combinations, this enables them to give each client more than just a well-designed room….the rooms tend to be infused with the clients’ personality, not just a “signature” look of the designers! They have amazing resources for custom pieces and welcome the opportunity to commission new and unusual pieces. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Traditional Home, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest.