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D ESI G N p e o ple PARADISE FOUND Clockwise from left: Henderson mixes natural elements, texture and color in the dining room of this Mauna Lani residence; This Hualalai family home features a playful mix of pattern repetition and color; designer Eric Henderson. “I always loved Hawai‘i, always had a connection to it,” says Eric Henderson, who, at 16 and on vacation, watched with his brothers construction on the iconic Halekulani in Waikīkī. “We thought that was the For Eric Henderson, founder of greatest thing ever.” The fascination Henderson Design Group in proved prophetic. Today, the founder Hawaiʻi, interior design is just par t of of Henderson Design Group—with offices and retail studios on the the island harmony. Kohala Coast and San Francisco—is By Jenn Thornton still inspired by Hawai‘i, designing Photography by Peter Medilek residential interiors across the islands. The Hawaiian lifestyle and Henderson’s aesthetic share a relaxed vocabulary. Clean lines, easy elegance and essential practicality—all Henderson design signatures—make sense here, and there’s a beautiful usefulness to it all. “In Hawai‘i, the last thing you want is for someone to come inside in a wet bathing suit with suntan lotion on, and you’re thinking: Oh, my gosh; don’t sit down on the sofa!” he quips. The approach clearly resonates. Currently, Henderson Design Group has projects underway in VIBRATION NATURAL Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. And, recently, the firm finished what Henderson calls the “project of a lifetime,” a ground-up collaboration in Maui featuring an amazing collection of art. Given carte blanche to handle every detail, down to the last doorknob, Henderson and his talented team of collaborators took the project from idea to a fully realized residence bearing his imprint. Henderson’s style is transitional because, he says, “design is an ever-changing process, as life is always evolving.” To achieve this look, form follows function. He sources furnishings with flexibility and movement—ottomans to stow under consoles, small side tables to pull here and there, and extra seating. Fabrics are durable; finishes are typically unfussy; and palettes of color reflect a sense of place. Natural elements connect to the landscape, while an edge of midcentury recalls ’60s-era Honolulu. Combined, these elements produce synergy of space and surroundings. Henderson’s own surrounds include a home in San Francisco; one on the Russian River in Northern California, where he tends a garden; and another on Hawai‘i Island, where he roams the beach and takes stock of its texture, color and simplicity to incorporate in his designs—that, and the occasional lava rock or piece of coral. In the end, it’s all about life and living. “Looking back,” Henderson says, “I feel like I’m one of the luckiest people in the world—to do what I love, where I love it.” The Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Ste. 502, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 936.1613, henderson.house 82 M O D E R N L U X U R Y H AWA I ‘ I H O L I D AY 2 0 1 5 / S P R I N G P R E V I E W 2 0 1 6

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Jenn Thornton

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For Eric Henderson, founder of Henderson Design Group in Hawai'i, interior design is just part of the island harmony.

"I always loved Hawai'i, always had a connection to it," says Eric Henderson, who, at 16 and on vacation, watched with his brothers construction on the iconic Halekulani in Waikiki. "We thought that was the greatest thing ever." The fascination proved prophetic. Today, the founder of Henderson Design Group—with offices and retail studios on the Kohala Coast and San Francisco—is still inspired by Hawai'i, designing residential interiors across the islands.

The Hawaiian lifestyle and Henderson's aesthetic share a relaxed vocabulary. Clean lines, easy elegance and essential practicality—all Henderson design signatures—make sense here, and there's a beautiful usefulness to it all. "In Hawai'i, the last thing you want is for someone to come inside in a wet bathing suit with suntan lotion on, and you're thinking: Oh, my gosh; don't sit down on the sofa!" He quips.

The approach clearly resonates. Currently, Henderson Design Group has projects underway in Hawai'i Island, Kaua'i and O'ahu. And, recently, the firm finished what Henderson calls the "project of a lifetime," a ground-up collaboration in Maui featuring an amazing collection of art. Given carte blanche to handle every detail, down to the last doorknob, Henderson and his talented team of collaborators took the project from idea to a fully realized residence bearing his imprint.

Henderson's style is transitional because, he says, "design is an ever-changing process, as life is always evolving." To achieve this look, form follows function. He sources furnishings with flexibility and movement—ottomans to stow under consoles, small side tables to pull here and there, and extra seating. Fabrics are durable; finishes are typically unfussy; and palettes of color reflect a sense of place. Natural elements connect to the landscape, while an edge of midcentury recalls '60s-era Honolulu. Combined, these elements produce synergy of space and surroundings.

Henderson's own surrounds include a home in San Francisco; one on the Russian River in Northern California, where he tends a garden; and another on Hawai'i Island, where he roams the beach and takes stock of its texture, color and simplicity to incorporate in his designs—that, and the occasional lava rock or piece of coral. In the end, it's all about life and living.

"Looking back," Henderson says, "I feel like I'm one of the luckiest people in the world—to do what I love, where I love it." The Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Ste. 502, Kohala Coast, Hawai'i Island, 936.1613, henderson.house

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