David Cafiero with his dog WallyA 2019 Architectural Digest Top 100 member, David Cafiero is a decorator and proprietor of Cafiero Select home decor store located in Manhattan’s East Village. With business partner Thom Lussier, David forms Cafiero Lussier Creative — an interactive & special events design firm. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, David has been many things: forester in his family’s lumber business; commercial fisherman on New England’s coast; private yacht chef throughout the Caribbean; event planner, café owner, and decorator in New York City. His style is eclectic, pragmatic, quietly sensual, like a Yankee just returned from early 20th century Paris. A longtime resident of Provincetown, he has also been deeply influenced by its salt-air worn woods, shifting, elemental light, and its long relationship with abstract expressionism.

David’s various professional pursuits are facets of his unique, cosmopolitan sensibility cut from a lifetime of travel and collecting. David’s insight helps each client express their personality in their home. “Certain contradictions, certain ever-so-slightly-outsized gestures, can create sparks. I believe in sparks. Most interiors like a bit of a shock. The vast, single room of a former art school, with its chipped and faded, 100-year-old paint, doesn’t need repainting, but it may need a pair of zebra-print armchairs to help wake it up. The dining room I’ve lacquered emerald green may want a simple wooden farm table found at an estate sale. The simple little guest room under the eaves may want to be covered, walls and ceiling, in bright floral wallpaper.”