Axel works on a range of projects, both in terms of scope and style, but our priorities are constant: create a functional floorplan, select comfortable and well-made furnishings, and carefully edit art and accessories.
We engage our clients as partners at every step of the process, with open and ongoing communication from beginning to end. We never lose sight of our clients’ aesthetic preferences, their intended use of space and stated budget.
While Axel offers comprehensive design direction and project coordination, our services are also available on an à la carte basis:
Andrea Cross, principal, is a 25-year industry veteran who brings an extensive knowledge of fine art, antiques and design history to her work. Earning an Art History degree from Dartmouth College, and following internships at Winterthur and the Whitney Museum, Andrea spent nearly a decade in Christie’s Estates and Appraisals Department. She also served as an independent advisor, most notably to Sotheby’s auction of the Collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Transitioning to the design field, Andrea received certifications from the New York School of Interior Design and New York University’s program in Appraisal Studies. She worked on both the vendor side (at Grey Watkins, now a division of Stark) and as a designer, with Cynthia Jones and Fisher Interiors, before establishing her own firm.
Tracy Dean came into Axel Interiors in the Fall of 2015 to source lighting. She left with a pair of pendants for her kitchen and a new job! Tracy relocated to Connecticut from Cincinnati, OH, where she owned and operated Peppercorn Interiors, a home furnishings store and full-service interior design studio. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Art Institute of Cincinnati, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design, and she earned her BS from Clarkson University. Tracy has travelled extensively, and has lived abroad in Toronto, Dusseldorf and London – a breadth of experience which informs her design work. In addition to her residential design skills, Tracy is also proficient at working in commercial spaces.