About Christa Pirl
Raised in New York City and Norway by antique-obsessed furniture and wallpaper designers, Christa’s design education began early. Summer holidays included extensive stops at dusty antique shops and hours-long drives on the hunt for supposed ‘undiscovered’ charming villas. Christa’s most embarrassing childhood moments involved one or both parents inquisitively caressing a vintage papered wall. Of course today Christa is often spotted engaged in the same caressing.
Her hands-on childhood education was followed by one more formal, including a BFA in Interior Design from the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City and a Masters of Decorative Art History from the famed Sotheby’s Institute. Throughout her education Christa gained expert and intimate knowledge of the fine art, furniture and interiors business, studied abroad in both London and Paris, and experienced life behind the scenes at notable design events such as the Armory Winter Antiques Show.
LEARNING THE ROPES
Christa started her career in Hawaii designing elegant vacation properties and high-end hospitality spaces under the noted architect Peter Vincent. When Hawaii was no longer exotic enough, she moved to the very ends of the earth to soak up a truly unique mix of traditional English and Pacific Island styles formed in New Zealand. Here she honed her skills in both residential and retail design.
CHRISTA PIRL INTERIORS
Finally feeling the call of home, Christa returned to New York City where she established Christa Pirl Interiors, a full service design firm focusing on eclectic, contemporary and livable spaces infused with a sense of history and tradition. However, it did not take many years before Christa again felt the call of the wild and shifted her business to Park City, Utah where she instilled in her spaces a distinct sense of nature, the mountains and just a hint of the industrial mining past of the region.
EXPANDING HER REACH
After firmly establishing her interiors business, Christa felt the urge to expand her particular design sensibility into furniture and fabrics. In 2012 Christa eloped Christa Pirl Furniture, a custom vintage and antique restoration consultancy, followed by a custom fabric line, developed with her father, based on both traditional French and Japanese motifs.
TEACHING & WRITING
Christa shares her love and deep knowledge of design through college level teaching, continuing education classes, and special events lecturing. Christa often contributes to online and print publications sharing her particular love of late Victorian and early 20th Century design history.
FEEDING THE OBSESSION
Her design obsession encompasses all aspects of her life; preferred holidays consist of rambling through Versailles or the Victoria and Albert Museum, lingering in Decorative Arts Departments, and salivating over Robert Adam settees and the like. Christa lives and breathes all aspects of the designed world and revels in meeting her client’s every practical (and however impractical) need and desire.