For the past 25 years, John Rawlins has been cultivating timeless and luxurious interiors for businesses and homes throughout the country. Originally from Connecticut, his passion for design led him to New York City to study interior design at the prestigious Pratt Institute where he was equally inspired by the cultural offerings of the city that never sleeps. Upon completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, he joined the architectural firm of Tucci, Segrete & Rosen which specialized in luxury retail environments and retail property development. Over the following 7 years, he rose from a studio assistant to the design director.
When Neiman Marcus (one of TSR’s clients) purchased Bergdorf Goodman, John was tapped to be the new Creative Director of Store Design and he would lead an ambitious reinvention of the historic department store. The former, dowdy, grey lady of Fifth Avenue was transformed into the exuberant and opulent temple of fashion it is today. In 2004, John continued his corporate career within the luxury, retail sector by accepting the position of Creative Director at Saks Fifth Avenue where he was responsible for the design and overall customer perception of all 56 stores.
In 2007, John formed Rawlins Calderone Design with business partner Athena Calderone which allowed his passion for design to be applied to high-end residential and hospitality projects in addition to his ongoing consultation for various luxury retailers and brands such as Nancy Gonzalez, Lorraine Schwartz, Thakoon, Rebecca Minkoff, and Harrods of London. John was eventually retained by the Fontainebleau Resort to design three retail boutiques at the iconic resort as part of the 2008 grand re-opening. A symbiotic relationship between client and designer was formed which led to additional projects at the Fontainebleau as well as residential projects for members of the Soffer family. Ultimately, John joined the team full time as the Vice President of Design in the fall of 2016 where he continues to apply his talents with the goal of creating inspired and memorable environments for the assorted assets of the company.