The influence that health and wellness have in our lives has been a big topic of conversation over the past few years, and we can thank designer and industry influencer Angela Harris for her role in spearheading the movement.
Not only is Harris a renowned presence within the design industry, but she’s also a brand marketing genus and a creator at heart. And understanding of not just what designs “work” but also why they matter, fuels her product designs and her work through her firm TRIO.
Angela + TRIO
Harris opened TRIO Environments, now referred to as TRIO, in 1999 after graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In no time at all, this multifaceted interior design, merchandising, and product consultant firm quickly grew in size and scope.
Over the next two decades, the Denver-based operation opened a second office location in New York City, where Harris and her team helped their clients amass over $7 billion in revenue.
Shea Homes, Toll Brothers, and Lennar are just a few of Angela’s loyal clients.
Storytelling through Design
Numbers aside, Harris is a creator and a storyteller. She uses brand marketing, design, and stories to create environments that people want to live in and experience.
Recently, she’s embarked on a new storytelling journey. In collaboration with her longtime friends and business partner, Phillips Collection, Harris designed a stunning furniture line inspired by her travels and love of art. Many pieces are handcrafted from natural materials, which helps to tell the story of how each one came to be. Rich woods contrasted by metallic accents and inlays characterize the simple yet artisan line.
The entire modern-meets-worldly collection features an assortment of dining tables, chairs, sofas, and accent tables meant to appeal to those who want to tell a story through furniture and home decor.
Angela Harris for Phillips Collection is a stunning product line that reflects Harris’ keen eye and passion for design.
Leading Important Conversations
Harris is on the forefront of timely conversations revolving around the connection between environment and wellness, and she’s often looked to for her expertise on the topic at industry-wide events.
She encourages fellow designers to add key health features such as light, water, and access to fitness to the spaces they design. Incorporating natural light is one of the easiest ways for virtually anyone to improve a room’s wellness quotient. Filtered water in bedrooms, the kitchen, and even play areas goes a long way as well.
A Design Powerhouse
Regardless of what she does, Harris rises to the top. She’s received numerous accolades over the years, including the prestigious Professional Builders 40 Under 40 award, Builder Partner of the Year by the Denver Builders Association, and the 2016 Icon Award from the HBA of Metro Denver.
As her business continues to grow and thrive, Harris is looking toward the future. In addition to her firm anticipating 100% growth within the next three years, Harris continues to push the standard for excellence in design forward.