Design Interview With Heiberg & Cummings

Dear blog readers. Sorry for the delay on this post. But now there will be two “In The Spotlight” this month instead!

I get all giddy whenever I hear or see their names –  Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings, the partners behind Heiberg & Cummings (hcd3). One of my absolute favorite design teams on the planet. I am in awe of everything they do – and I have saved magazine articles about them from years back. Their firm has offices in NY and in Oslo.

Why am I so crazy about them? Because their interiors are calm, beautiful and sophisticated without feeling contrived. It does not matter if it is an elegant Manhattan penthouse or a beach cottage somewhere, their rooms are always warm, inviting and personal (not the same old, same old). Their mix of old and new pieces is well thought out and always fantastic. They have a great eye for art (and run their own art exhibitions) and of course with Bernt Heiberg being from Norway, they bring in a lot of (old) Scandinavian into their residential and commercial projects.

It is a great honor for me to introduce them to you.

Oh, one more thing. I have learned that William and Bernt are all for peace and making people happy but they don’t mind smashing mobile telephones to pieces with rocks! One more reason to like them!

Define your design style?

High-end residential. Neo-Scandinavian with an international touch.  Sophisticated yet livable.

Are you able to take your design eyes off when you visit friends’ homes? (Or do you do a quick design on a napkin for them?)

W) Yes! I appreciate finding new and different aesthetics. And I always enjoy finding treasures in other homes.

B) Yes, but it is always fun to give advice. Interior design is our lifestyle, 24/7.

What was your first-ever interiors buy?

W) A Munch drawing I purchased years ago. It is a an outstanding etching that hangs in our home.

B) A Swedish empire bureau that is still in our home. I was so attracted to the paint and patina of the piece.

Design accomplishment you are most proud of?

W) That people copy our work. (And they do! Splendid Willow’s comment)

B) We are really proud of all of our projects – both large and small.

Any fun project(s) you are working on right now?

Many! Our projects are always lots of fun! We feel lucky to have such wonderful clients.

Right now we are working on a new styling concept for clients who need a touch of help with space, layout, and bringing new life into their homes. This new concept will launch in the next couple of weeks.  (You heard it here first! 😉

What is bad interior design in your opinion?

W) Design that is poorly conceived and/or poorly executed.

B) Using lots of colors and crossing borders of given space.

What 3 things can make a huge impact in a living room – without the steep price tag?

1. Proper lighting. 2. Beautiful textiles. 3. Less is more.

Any design item you can’t live without?

W) Gray flannel

B) Comfortable and cozy but elegant seating

What do you collect?

W) Small carpets.

B) Antiques. Mainly from the 18th century. 

(The plate racks are from their own furnishings line).

Any design heroes that truly inspire you?

W)  Michael Graves

B) John Saladino

What’s your take on bedside tables?

W) I use them all the time!

B) Necessary. And great with lots of books, personal items and photographs.

What wall color can you not get enough of?

W) White

B) Light gray

Where do you shop online?

W) Nowhere! I prefer the traditional way of shopping with touch & feel!

B) Hermes

Knowing your wonderful collection of Scandinavian antiques. Do you have a favorite piece you can’t live without?

W) A small Gustavian side table with thin legs.

B) A rustic Norweigan country foot stool.

Thank you so much gentlemen! It is a pleasure getting to know you a little bit better. And I for one, can’t wait to see what you are up to next! A suggestion: your own book!

For more of hcd3 and their portfolio, visit here.

Images: No. 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 via NY Spaces. No. 4, 15 and 17 via Litteavmeg. No. 5, 7, 8, 13, and 16 via House & Garden (07). No. 9, 10 and 11 via hcd3. No. 14 Via Homes and Gardens UK. Note: a few of these images I have scanned from older Magazines and they are nowhere else to be found on-line.


  • Hey sweetie, Im back. i missed you too. love the interior inspiration and the spotlight. have a fab week

  • kiki alvord says:

    Excellent, and as usual their style is so comfortably cool, (not cold), elegant and cozy at the same time. I also LOVE grey flannel and white, flax or any linen type really.
    I would love to see a book soon, please!!. :)

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Great read Monika! I can see why you like them. You both have similar style and great taste! Have a nice week.

  • Courtney says:

    What a great interview! I loved hearing their take on design, and the photos are absolutely beautiful. Especially the view of the sitting area from the doorway. Love the white, the rugs, and the cozy elegance of it all.

  • Loved that spotlight! I will start looking for those antique persian carpets – loved the ones in the “Hamptons Beach House”

  • Charlotta says:

    Am an adoring fan too! Lovely feature and I hope they follow your advice and publish a book or two…

    Hope everyone is feeling better now!

  • Gaia says:

    Dear Monika,
    thank you for introducing me to Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings. They are great and they reflect my style especially in the last pics. Unfortunately I know that I’ll never have any chance to have two designers like them at my disposal… Sigh!

    Thanks a lot for your giveaway! Can’t wait to receive it!

  • What a beautiful post!!!! Not only are their spaces beautiful but LIVEABLE as well!!!!I could just plop down anywhre in those rooms and feel cozy!!!!

  • What a wonderful post. I just LOVE your blog and will be back. Many thanks.

    I see I missed a fabulous giveaway! Please drop by my blog for a giveaway this week – a book by Charlotte Moss.


  • DesignTies says:

    Thank you for the introduction to Heiberg & Cummings. Their rooms have an elegant yet comfortable, warm, and relaxed look and feel…. the kind of room where you want to sink down into the sofa and stay there for hours and hours!!

    It’s totally cool that they smash cell phones into little pieces with rocks!! 😀


  • Trish says:

    Hi Monika. Love the “quilt” headboard, great idea. Grain sacks, but especially old fashioned mattress they’re sitting on, high backed sofas so cool/cozy, plate racks flanking the fireplace…living room converted to dining. Wonderful! Merci! Trish

  • SST says:

    I love the room in Grasse,France featured on When can I move in?

  • Purple Area says:

    Love it, great style! Reading your interview was a great way to find out more about these guys.

  • Anna-Malin says:

    Preciiiiis i min smak =)))
    Bilden med hunden är min favorit. Funderar själv på att platsbygga en bänk i vår hall. Väljer mellan råspont eller lite ljuvligare pärlspont.
    Väldigt inspirerande inlägg!!

    Visst är min nya stol underbar….=))))

    Ha det gott!!

  • Federica says:

    So many gorgeous interiors here! Thanks so much Monika for this!
    Have a great day,

  • Oh, I love their use of vintage fabrics and whitewashed walls and floors the best..! Lovely inspiration, Monika…. Thank you!


  • Fabulous work! I love their use of accessories as well. They have great style.

  • EM Dixon says:

    I read this interview twice and really savored it the second time. The longer you spend in one of their rooms, the more rooted you feel. They hit all the right notes for me – cozy, unpretentious, yet entirely elegant. Yummy. Thanks for another great post!

  • Joni Webbb says:

    They are beyond fabulous!!!!! love them!!!!

  • Very interesting interview!I love their style.
    Ps thank you for your comment on my blog Monika! Wondering if I can get Odd Molly clothing in Ireland, I must check it out.
    Take care

  • pve says:

    Just when i thought I knew all the dynamic duo’s – then another pair pop up and I love the images, the style and the simple elegance.

  • Karena says:

    Monika, wonderful interview and I love all of the images. Greet sent me your way!! Do check out my art site!

  • Thank you so much for this great post. LOVE their work, it’s so liveable and just gorgeous.

  • julie at BV says:

    Thank you for introducing me to them. I love each and every of the images you post here.

  • Thanks for the introduction to this fantastic design duo. Gorgeous!!

  • kendra says:

    Wow! Thanks for opening my eyes to a new design team. Wish they could just move right in this week. If not can you?

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