I had the pleasure of meeting Franco Rivera at a grand event hosted by the high-end general contracting firm SilverLining. I can remember thinking ‘how can he be so good looking and so smart too?’

    He’s a proper gentleman, who speaks with an eloquent masculine tone. He’s often tailored to a ‘T’ and favors wearing eggshell button-down dress shirts on his 6’3″ model-like frame. He’s a star and soon to be one of the brightest in the galaxy.

    Franco first established his own firm in 2007 serving the architecture and interior design community and quickly was sought after by industry leaders. After 5 years of consulting for design legend Jennifer Post Design, Franco joined the firm as a senior designer and ascended to Director.

    Those who know my dear friend and design phenom Jennifer Post, know that she is meticulous about every detail, every placement and every position. Franco worked side by side with her for more than 7 years. During this time, the firm was recognized on the coveted AD 100, Luxe Gold, and received numerous other accolades. Truly, JPD is one of the best design firms in the country.

    Design projects have taken him throughout the US and Europe. He recently started a new endeavor in the Caribbean. His projects range from residential interior design + commercial gut renovations and ground-up new construction for hospitality. He knows it all.

          Franco’s luxurious modern aesthetic has kept him front and center within the design industry and has earned him repeat clientele, and the solid respect of industry peers.

            Occupation – Location – Interior & Architectural Designer, NYC


            The moment you knew you wanted to be in the Design World – When I was in kindergarten – other kids were building piles with blocks, I would layout floor plans with them.  There were two rectangle blocks with semicircle cutouts in them, and I would always start the plan with the semicircles together to make a full circle, saying “this is the pool….

            Tell me about a current project or accomplishment that you are excited to share – After 7 years with Jennifer Post where I was the director, I just returned to running my own firm, and have a wonderful client at One57 (157 West 57), and I am starting a development in Puerto Rico… more details to come on that once able to be shared!

              Franco Rivera residence in Old San Juan Puerto Rico, which was a gut renovation of a 1700’s building in the historic district.
                Franco Rivera residence – Old San Juan Puerto Rico

                Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to – “HRC” & Humaine Society

                  The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

                  Are you a night owl or a morning person – absolutely a morning person, love to be up and moving before sunrise.

                    What kitchen utensil do you use most frequently – I love to cook, but aside from tongs, I’d say a wine bottle opener!

                      wine opener / Christofle

                      Describe your perfect pizza – Hawaiian – I love pineapple anything, and the combination of the sweet, salty, savory… beyond!

                        Who is your secret celebrity crush – Sharon Stone + André Tomes Balazs -they both exude incredible confidence and seduction that I can’t take my eyes away!

                        Sharon Vonne Stone is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has received nominations for an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

                        André Tomes Balazs is the president and chief executive officer of André Balazs Properties that includes a portfolio of hotels across the United States and residences in New York, especially in New York City.

                        What time of day were you born – 6:05 am

                        If there were a movie made about your life, who would play you – can I phone a friend – William Levy (Rio’s suggestion)

                        William Levy was born on August 29, 1980 in Havana, Cuba as William Gutiérrez Levy. He is an actor and producer, known for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), Addicted (2014) and The Single Moms Club (2014)

                        Which languages do you speak – English + High School Spanish & Italian  

                        Do you follow astrologyWhat is your zodiac sign – I don’t follow but I am so fascinated by it, I want to know more!  I’m a Sagittarius.

                          Sagittarians tend to view the world through rose-tinted spectacles. Cheerful and optimistic, with an infectious zest for living, they have the enviable ability to sail through life wrapped in a security blanket of good humour and wishful thinking.- -Sally Brompton

                          What would your DJ Name beDJ Franchita

                          Do you have a favorite fashion magazineL’Officiel Hommes Paris

                            L’Officiel Hommes is a French luxury fashion and lifestyle magazine for men, adapted from L’Officiel, owned by a French media group “Les Éditions Jalou”. It has been published in Paris since 2005 and targets men interested in fashion.

                              What are the elements of your signature fashion style – I love well-tailored pieces, mostly solids / no pattern.

                              If we were to peek in your closet, the dominant color would be – Black, grey, white, almost never any color.  Except for swimsuits… then oddly the louder the better!

                                What is your “go-to” fashion brandDolce & Gabanna / Versace

                                  Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1985 in Legnano by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The two met in Milan in 1980 and designed for the same fashion house. In 1982, they established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become “Dolce & Gabbana

                                    Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace is one of the world’s leading international fashion brands.

                                    Gianni Versace SpA is one of the leading international fashion design houses and a glamorous symbol of Italian luxury world-wide. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including Atelier (Haute Couture), prèt-à-porter, accessories, fine jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrances, and home furnishings all bearing the distinctive Medusa logo.

                                    What is your present state of mind – Enjoyment – Optimism

                                    It’s 6 pm at your favorite bar or restaurant, what drink do you order – Margarita -with salt on the rocks!! – or a Rose . . .

                                      Do you awake with or without an alarm – without

                                      What’s your favorite social media outletInstagram I love the strictly visual nature of it, I can quickly see what grabs my attention, and if so, then I love a great description in the caption!


                                        What song is ready to play on your playlist – the new version of Last Dance by Donna Summer.

                                          What is the last photo you took with your cell phone – a coconut in San Juan

                                            One of the best lessons my parents taught me is to . . . treat everyone like it was there last day on earth

                                            What is your favorite work of artRobert Motherwell – Carribean Blue Window Series – I adore this Motherwell piece – I saw it at Art Basel, and then also Art New York

                                              Robert Motherwell was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. During the early 1940s, he entered a milieu of young artists that included William BaziotesJackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning. Motherwell later taught Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg at the famed Black Mountain College. He was a seminal Abstract Expressionist painter. Influenced by the automatic writing and drawing prescribed by the Surrealists, Motherwell’s practice was characterized by an intuitive approach to painting.

                                                  What is your favorite building in Manhattan – I have two

                                                180 East 88th is a new full-service luxury condominium in Carnegie Hill with only 48 half and full-floor homes that offer an exceptionally rare combination of 14’+ ceiling heights and views far beyond Central Park –

                                                111 West 57th Street, also known as the Steinway Tower, is an 82-story, 1,428-foot (435-meter) supertall residential project by developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

                                                  Photographer Peter Krasowski + Interior Architect Franco Rivera

                                                    Rio Hamilton

                                                    Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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