For the past three decades, Sean Michael Waters has thrived as a highly creative and dedicated Interior Design professional. If those decades were viewed on a timeline, they would definitely tell a rich story of ambition and a cured passion for whathe considers his greatest gift, that of Creativity.
Prior to the commencement of his professional career, SMW was a graduate of The New York School of Interior Design. Hereadily credits the education he received at NYSID as a superior one filled with; great intimate lectures by many of hisinterior design idols, exciting field trips to astonishing resources and endless engaging courses depicting the Arts and Interiors of the past.
His professional journey actually began during his senior year at NYSID with a very lucky part time year
long stint in thedesign library of the very prestigious interior architectural firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Conway (a division of KPF). Upongraduation and the realization that Residential Design was better suited for him, SMW took a position with Steven M. Park, Inc.,
a boutique firm whose area of expertise resided within the traditional interior. This wonderful position lasted several yearsand afforded SMW a great continuing education in the great and once popular world of Antiques.
Having a innate thirst to truly get in the game, SMW then landed a position with the busiest residential firm in New York City, The KA Design Group/Formerly Kenneth Alpert & Associates. If the past several years had been spent learning aboutantiques, the next several were spent learning how to hold his own within a very dynamic and demanding arena thatwas inhabited by very high profile clientele, a vigorous pack of well dressed designers and all of the incredible showroomsand sources that existed for them. Mr. Alpert’s work ethic was unprecedented thereby sustaining a position within his firm
was on its worst day—an honor. Present day, people still inquire as to what it was like to work there whereas SMW’s stockanswer remains “In the beginning it felt like Bootcamp, at the end it felt like we were the Velvet Mafia and working there was by far the finest training that any designer would ever hope to be lucky enough to receive.”
The next very prestigious AD100 firm of Geoffrey Bradfield, Inc. would round out and top off what would prove to be anincredible design career experience. Mr. Bradfield was named “The Billionaires Designer” by CNBC and that was definitely notan exaggeration. Maintaining offices in New York, Dubai, Mexico City and Palm Beach were essential at providing the caliberof projects that crossed Mr. Bradfield’s desk with the superior quality of design that was offered at his firm. The level ofdesign quality along with the scale of his residential projects compelled SMW to produce some his finest work to date.
Mr Bradfield’s celebrity as a luxury Interior designer opened many doors and offered many experiences of which Sean will forever be grateful.
Sean Michael Waters often credits his greatest gift that he has ever known at being his superior creativity. Throughout the years, it is that very passion that enabled SMW to explore different trades and different mediums in the world of decorative arts. With interior design at the forefront, SMW prides himself on also being an artist (as you will see on this site), anupholsterer, a writer, a faux finisher, a home organizer and a home stager. He remains forever on the hunt for the next interesting decorative experience
So in 2009 the decision was made to go out on his own and open his own boutique design firm, Sean Michael Waters Design& Decoration. Primarily a Full Service Residential Interior Design firm, SMW has experience in Commercial and Hospitality design as well. SMW also works closely with some of the top earners at Douglas Elliman Real Estate to both stage their apartments and provide design services to close there deals. Since 2009, SMW has completed residences in Boca Raton FL,
Portland ME, Seattle WA, Boulder CO, Winter Park FL, East Hampton NY, San Francisco CA and countless Manhattan apartments and townhomes.
During his career, Sean Michael Waters has participated in numerous Charitable Events, Designer Show Houses and Holiday Houses. The list of notable organizations such as; The American Heart Foundation, The March of Dimes, CHILDHELP USA, The Junior League, and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Sean has participated in the NYC Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Designer Show House and Architectural Digest’s “Dining by Design” DIFFA event.
THE CAREER BEFORE THE CAREER
SMW first career was that of an SAG/AFTRA Child Actor/Model. He began that career at the age of eight and wasfeatured in several national televsion commercials, bit parts in movies, a SNL appearance with Chevy Chase and most notably, SMW was on the back of the Cheerios Box for entire 1980's.