Related Companies, one of the nation’s leading private real estate development firms, today announced that renowned design executive Stephen Earle has been named senior vice president and creative director. In the newly created role, Mr. Earle will lead the firm’s interior design efforts on residential developments.
Stephen M. Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies, said, "I am thrilled to have Stephen join Related in a newly created role leading our interior design initiatives. His proven talent and over 20 years of creative leadership in the fashion and home design fields make him an ideal addition to our company. Working collaboratively with our design, development and construction teams, Stephen joins in our ongoing commitment to creating inspiring and memorable spaces through best-in-class design. He will broaden our links to the creative community, discovering and working with the top talents in the world as we deliver our over $6 million pipeline of future residential developments.”
For decades, Related has placed design and architecture at the center of its brand. The Related portfolio includes a collection of new urban landmarks designed by some of the country’s foremost architects; Robert A.M. Stern, Zaha Hadid, David Childs, David Rockwell and Frank Gehry are just some of the visionaries who have contributed their talents to enhance the aesthetics of Related’s portfolio. The striking interiors of these prominent buildings—their distinctive lobbies, modern gardens, dramatic public rooms and light-filled open spaces—likewise bear the mark of some of the finest designers from around the world including Clodagh, Campion Platt, Marmol Radziner and Adam Tihany.
A significant area of responsibility of our in-house architecture and design group is to oversee the success of our partnerships with these celebrated architects and interior designers. The team works to incorporate the elements of fine design into these unique spaces—beginning with an outstanding architectural vision and execution, enhanced by refined and striking interiors and finally culminating in a public presentation of spectacular art.
Stephen Earle said, “Whether working in publishing, product design, interiors, photography or television, I have been fortunate to hone my craft as a designer at organizations whose core values and goals embraced the importance of design and the drive to be the best-in-class. With a professional career that has been centered on my fascination with interiors and presentation, and a personal passion for real estate, I am thrilled to be joining Related Companies and to be a part of a team that brings their vision to life. It is an exciting opportunity to work with a company that is not only the leader in their field, but one that is committed to identifying and developing world-class design as a key component of their projects and success.”
Mr. Earle joined Related from Ralph Lauren where he served as senior vice president of home design. Since 2004, he directed the design of all home products under the Ralph Lauren, Lauren and Chaps brands. He also led the direction of home product presentation, showrooms and product photography. He previously spent nearly a decade at Martha Stewart Living serving as senior vice president/style director and as home editor. At the magazine, he oversaw and directed the department of stylists and editors that created content and interpreted it in the MSLO visual style for the magazine, books, television show and merchandise. With a particular area of expertise in design, interiors and the home, he regularly contributed decorating editorial as well as design content and direction for Martha Stewart books, television and home merchandise programs.
Prior to Martha Stewart, he served as design director in creative services at Ralph Lauren where he played an integral role as part of a team that created the acclaimed corporate headquarters and designed and executed the showrooms that present the Ralph Lauren Home Collection. He also brings vast experience as a freelance stylist/set designer having worked with a wide variety of commercial and editorial clients including House and Garden, House Beautiful, GQ, Vogue, Self, New York Magazine, the New York Times, Tiffany, Wedgewood and Henredon. He holds a BA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Related Companies is the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed over 40 years ago, Related is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Abu Dhabi, São Paulo and Shanghai and boasts a team of approximately 2,500 professionals. The Company’s existing portfolio of real estate assets, valued at over $20 billion, is made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Related has developed preeminent mixed-use projects such as Time Warner Center in New York and CityPlace in West Palm Beach and is currently developing the 28-acre Hudson Yards project on Manhattan’s West Side.
Related also manages approximately $3 billion of equity capital on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, public pension plans, multi-managers, endowments, Taft Hartley plans and family offices. As one of New York’s preeminent developer of luxury residential properties for more than a quarter century, Related pioneered the concept of commissioning celebrated architects to design residential properties by selecting Robert A.M. Stern to plan his firm’s first luxury condominium, The Chatham. Over the past decade, Related has continued its commitment to world class architecture and design collaborating with distinguished architects and designers, including Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Frank Gehry, Yabu Pushelberg, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, David Rockwell, Marmol Radziner, Adam Tihany and Clodagh. Related’s condominium pipeline in New York City includes: 520 West 28th Street in collaboration with Zaha Hadid, 15 Hudson Yards in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group and 35 Hudson Yards in collaboration with David Childs and SOM, as well as additional properties in Chelsea, Tribeca and on the Upper East Side.
Related also owns Equinox® Fitness Clubs, further expanding the company's capabilities into the health and fitness arena and enhancing the value of its properties by incorporating an exclusive, branded amenity into the lifestyle offering, and a partnership interest in Union Square Events, the catering, culture, sports, and events business of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. For more information about Related Companies, please visit www.related.com.
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