— Photo of Susie Hoffman by Nicole Wickens/Green Door Photography
Designer Susie Hoffman brings international flair to her Montana designs
Designer Susie Hoffmann’s international roots in New York City and beyond have uniquely suited her to Montana’s exclusive Yellowstone Club.
Hoffman's Envi Interior Design Studio has become a go-to for luxury residential interiors, with Hoffmann’s take on modern minimalism that moves mountain design to a new level. Her glam-country persona seems to be appealing to the private community that Town & Country recently pegged as home to “billionaires in Wrangler jeans.”
Beginning her career in New York City, Hoffmann found her true calling in interior design while working for architectural firm Bogdanow Partners Architects, joining the firm after earning bachelor’s degrees in art and English from Stanford University and an interior design degree from industry top-dog Parsons School of Design.
At Bogdanow, known for its design of New York City restaurants and hotels, she worked on such prestigious projects as the Windows on the World restaurant on the top floor of the original World Trade Center complex, Tribeca Grand Hotel and the Time Warner Center (now the Deutsche Bank Center).
When she later accepted a position at Clodaugh Design, also in New York City, she found her footing in spa and wellness design.
— Architectural photos of Envi Design by Audrey Hall
“It was a defining few years in my career,” Hoffmann says. “I became close with designer Clodaugh and learned her techniques for integrating feng shui, chromotherapy and aromatherapy in design.
"I began to understand the science of creating spaces that enhance life experiences and the importance of intentionally constructing the spaces around you.”
When her last project while at Clodaugh took her to New Mexico, the lure of the West charted a new course to Montana, where some of her family members were already living.
Hoffmann brought her energy, modern sensibilities, wellness focus and knowledge of New York City’s expansive showrooms to Bozeman, where she founded and serves as lead designer for Envi Interior Design Studio. Envi’s portfolio includes a range of residential projects and select, celebrated local commercial projects such as Bozeman’s Nordic Brew Works and the clubhouse for Big Sky’s Jack Nicklaus-designed Moonlight Basin golf course.
While Montana remains home – where the self-declared city girl lives on a Montana ranch with her artist husband, four children and a menagerie of horses, donkeys, mules, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats – she has recently found herself drawn to projects farther afield.
A cosmopolitan childhood – she spent summers in Germany with her furniture-maker grandfather and uncle who was a prominent Bauhaus architect – nurtured her early interest in design. This immersion in international culture provides the footing for her continental design aesthetic in several current projects, including a modern European-style Montana farmhouse and her chic international take on a traditional San Francisco residence in Presidio Heights with classic architectural bones.
ENVI DESIGN WORK AROUND THE WORLD
Another project currently underway is a contemporary beachfront mansion in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where Hoffmann works with an international construction team, delivering a crisp white and neutral palette with saturated bursts of color through strategic applications of Mexican tile and original fine art.
Her primarily calming tone-on-tone design is a nod to the wellness components inherent in this Mexican home with its massage room, gym, pools and spas, while the introduction of color makes it exciting for entertaining.
In Montana, Hoffmann says that despite its busy schedule and growing national reputation, she wants Envi to remain a boutique studio where she can remain involved in every project. “I have no aspirations to grow size-wise,” she says. “I would rather be able to pay a lot of attention to a few clients at a time.”
About Envi Interior Design Studio
For Susie Hoffmann, interior design is about the total experience of the space, balancing all the senses in a holistic approach that respects architectural cues and a sense of place while expertly intuiting client individuality.
Her Envi Interior Design Studio, which she founded in 2006 in Bozeman, Montana, has become a go-to source for homeowners seeking houses that foster an active lifestyle and connection to nature at nearby Big Sky and the exclusive Yellowstone Club, as well as in coastal California and Mexico. Envi’s sophisticated mountain elegance pairs an undeniable element of fun with a dedication to wellness, promoting peaceful and joyful retreats for residential clients.
An Interior Design Best of Year Finalist and Luxe 2020 Gold List honoree, annually recognized on Mountain Living magazine’s Top Mountain Designers list, Envi also designs occasional hospitality projects, including Yellowstone Club’s Moonlight Basin Clubhouse and Bozeman’s Nordic Brew Works.