Mastery of both contemporary and traditional techniques, a sophisticated eye for pattern and color, and familiarity with the more unusual aspects of decorative art history make Bricelj the resource for designers looking for that special customized finish.
Whether it’s verre eglomisé re-interpreted for a modernist, chinoiserie with a 40’s slant or a minimalist wall where color and texture tell the story, Bricelj considers the research for the perfect solution to be the “fun” part of the project.
“I ask a lot of questions…” she says, “Who is the designer? What is the client like? What will the furniture be? I integrate all these factors into a seamless whole, like a stylist for a runway show, whose work has to be unobtrusive but must bring that glamorous finishing touch to the designer’s vision.”
Fashion analogies come naturally to Bricelj. Born in Italy, educated in Argentina at a British school and then at the Rhode Island School of Design, she had a successful career as a fashion designer before switching
to decorative finishes. She trained at the Institut de Peinture Van der Kelen/Logelain in Brussels for a
thorough grounding in European artisan techniques, and then returned to New York to start, what she calls,
her “couture finishes” business.
“My eclectic background is a plus.” she acknowledges, “I understand many different visual languages and have a command of global references.”
Her projects are wide ranging, as is her client list. They include polished New York apartments, country
homes and whimsical commercial spaces, as well as designer showhouses.