Del cuerpo sensual, la luz ilustra todo. —Raymond Goins
“Of the sensual body, light illustrates all.” Raymond Goins, a romanticist and classicist, believes this statement applies universally to art and design. His insatiable need for beauty and culture—knowledge and discovery—infiltrates his works. Raymond believes that every interior, every piece of furniture and artwork, begs the question, “How can I be more beautiful?” Everything must have balance and mystery, charm and intention. He brings the artistry of design to life.
Reading like a modern day DaVinci, Raymond’s works span the gamut from art to sculpture, furniture to design. He is sought for his alchemist approach to the use of color, as well as his incredible ability to manipulate paints and additives. Since his introduction to the design world, he has set new standards in the development of some of the most elusive and complex finishes and formulas. Unhindered by convention or conformity, Raymond is self-taught and has been able to create freely as a true “outside the box” thinker.
Recently, Raymond was titled “Idea Man” by Atlanta Magazine. According to Atlanta Magazine writer Betsy Riley, “Goins is one of those hypercreative people who inspired the phrase ‘bursting with ideas’.” Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ editor-in-chief, Clinton Smith, dubbed Raymond Goins “Furniture Maverick.” Raymond’s designs unify the elements of color, scale, detail and function through a uniquely mirrored philosophy on classic historical concepts and innovative ideas and techniques. He has become known as a creator of beautiful things, and is especially inspired by the classical arts.
Raymond has been involved in many show houses and debuted at the 2010 ASA Decorators’ Show House in Atlanta with his Master Vestibule and Bath. According to The Atlantan, he “stole the show.” Visitors to his room were introduced to unexpected color palettes and rare finishes not typically seen in Southern interiors. Rich, luxurious lacquered fretwork and gold dusted celestial finishes adorned the vestibule. The bathroom featured his own “Horse” painting, masterfully created in an encaustic process. Hand tufted leather and custom furnishings were used throughout. Verre eglomise panels, with an Etruscan motif of ancient people, animals, and Greek key border, were installed from floor to ceiling in the water closet. Asprey of London provided toiletries and accessories, and Pratesi provided linens and personal effects.
Following the success of the 2010 ASA Show House, the prestigious and historic British company, Asprey of London, collaborated with Raymond to create the Fall 2010 window displays for their New Bond Street store in London and Madison Avenue store in NYC. Raymond created a series of Tree of Life themed leather screens. He also sculpted sensual plaster tree forms, that were then lacquered and used to display Asprey’s fine accessories and newest collection. Mary Portas, in her article about Asprey in The Telegraph, writes, “This breathtaking building’s most distinctive feature is a series of impossibly large windows, all dressed with beautiful hand-painted screens and chic miniature sculpted trees covered in pale-green moss and hung with product.”
In December 2011, Raymond made his West Coast debut at the prestigious and historic Greystone mansion, a landmark in Los Angeles that is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and preserved by the Friends of the Greystone. The show house, titled Maison de Luxe, included a select roster of nationally and globally recognized interior designers. Raymond’s extensive artistic background bestowed a unique flavor to Maison de Luxe, as he formulated his interiors as an immersion in artistry. An all encompassing self-portrait of the artist and designer beyond the Show House walls and adornments.
Exhibiting raw talent and relentless spirit, Raymond Goins has gained the notice of a wide range of design enthusiasts, publications and blogs. His work is widely published both locally in Atlanta as well as internationally in Architectural Digest, Veranda, Town & Country and more. He continues to create and inspire with plans for new collections and artistic collaborations with established luxury brands.