GARY INMAN is an energetic speaker whose passion for design is contagious. He reminds audiences how fundamental design is to all our lives. From the fashions with which we adorn ourselves to the car we drive, the house we live in, the style of our hair, and countless other decisions, each of us is a designer of our own life. Inman speaks with equal ease and expertise about architecture, couture fashions, gardens, and decorative arts, weaving stories that appeal to a broad audience. He is a nationally renowned interior designer, recognized for his refined eye and cultivated intellect. His designs have been compared to fine Savile Row tailoring, with meticulous attention given to every detail and quality craftsmanship evident throughout. His work has won numerous design awards and has been published in The Washington Post, House Beautiful, Verandah, Elle Décor, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, Hotel Design, Fine Interiors, Home & Design, and many others.
Inman began his career as a fashion designer, envisioning women’s eveningwear for a successful Seventh-Avenue fashion house. His design métier includes handbags, rugs, textiles, lighting, wallpapers, hardware, and a growing collection of furniture marketed under the brand name Gary Inman Home Couture. His signature collections for Moore Councill Fine Furniture received great acclaim at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina. Gary is currently developing lighting and furniture collections for two prestigious international companies.
Gary serves as a national spokesperson for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is Vice President of Hospitality with Baskervill, one of the 20 Giants of Hospitality Design for the past decade and recently named No. 9 on the Rising Giants list by Interior Design Magazine. His client list includes four-star and five-star east coast hotels and resorts as well as an impressive array of private clients from New York to the Carolinas. He has served as a “Style Spotter” and Trend Blogger for the 2014 and 2015 High Point International Home Furnishings Markets and been a featured speaker at the Art & Antiques Center in High Point for the past four markets. He has given more than 1000 lectures at venues ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, countless women's clubs, museums, historical societies, and professional design conferences.
Inman’s academic accomplishments match his design achievements. After graduating with honors from the University of North Caroline-Greensboro and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, he completed graduate studies in historic textiles and costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. He next earned a master’s degree in art history at Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by doctoral studies in architectural history at the University of Virginia. Inman was an adjunct professor in the art history and interior design departments of the VCU School of the Arts (SOTA) for several years as well as a popular lecturer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has been a public speaker for more than twenty years and was a featured historian on the popular A&E television series America’s Castles and the PBS television series Mansions and Monuments. Other television appearance include The Design Life Network, Editor-At-Large, and Ellen Geffen's Coverage of High Point Market. Inman has been a columnist with three regional magazines and has contributed to several books, most recently writing the introduction for BESPOKE, Furniture by 101 International Artists.