Ray W. Clarke, LTD - Residential & Executive Interior Design



ASID Professional MemberRay W. Clarke ASID created new studio offices in 2005. Rather than retire, Clarke chose to advance his design business, adding projects of special interest, both large and small. Scholar at heart, he incorporates both a traditional and classic approach but engages in leading edge design, most recently a project for biotechnical laboratories in Salt Lake City. He currently continues his avocational work as well. Clarke has a dual membership in ASID (The American Society of Interior Designers), a member of both the Ohio North Chapter and the Florida South Chapter.

RAY W. CLARKE, LTD. is located in downtown Cleveland. The staff consists of four members. His project portfolio currently includes residential clientele in the Cleveland Eastern suburbs and law firms “Downtown”. He also has a studio-residence at historic Phipps Plaza in Palm Beach. Planning, designing and decorating a large estate in Palm Beach for the past five years for a prominent Cleveland family continues to be of major importance to his portfolio, along with a restoration project and work in smaller venues in Cleveland.

RAY W. CLARKE, LTD., the new offices and studio in The Chesterfield in Cleveland is to be presented in a major publication later this year. Clarke’s Palm Beach residence, an historic landmark designed by society architect John Major in 1939, and its gardens housing sculpture by Ann Norton are featured in the November 2008 magazine, Grandeur, a quarterly social and real estate pictorial published by Palm Beach Daily News. A member of The
Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach
, his home and gardens in the Phipps Plaza historic district will be on tour in February in 2010.

Large domestic projects in Naples, Florida covered a period of ten years in the nineties, along with major projects for Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic Surgery in Cleveland. The City Club of Cleveland, The Women’s City Club, and the prestigious law firms of Robert M. Sweeney Inc., LPA, and Climaco, Lefkowitz, Wilcox, Peca and Garofoli, Inc., LPA occurred throughout the eighties. The later project won him a National ASID Designer of the Year Award. His early career spanned an apprenticeship with Burdette Maddock, a former European wallpaper specialist at the late Rorimer-Brooks Company, and several years at The Higbee Company, Residential and Contract Division. Throughout the sixties and seventies his work was published in national and local publications, He received a Burlington Industry Award in 1972.

His work has been published locally and nationally, including a House Beautiful cover, and Florida Design, Grandeur Magazine, and Estate cover stories with accompanying features. Advertisements for The Martin Senour Paint Company featuring Clarke’s work also appeared in Southern Living, Designer Magazine, Interior Design, Interiors, and House and Garden. Professor Emeritus of CWRU Victoria K. Ball’s The Art of Interior Design, 2nd Edition, and Opportunities in Interior Design also contains photography. Recent publications include 2 projects in Brunschwig & Fils Style.

Clarke has been a member of The American Society of Interior Designers since 1960, a member of The American Society of Aesthetics & Art Criticism, Trustee and Chairman of The Art Song Festival, formerly at CIM, now at Baldwin-Wallace College, and is a founder of Mvsica d’Arte a chamber music group at Cleveland State University. He also continues his interest in prints and drawings in The Print Club of Cleveland, and Friends of Works of Art on Paper at The Toledo Museum of Art. A native of near suburban Toledo, he also visits his rural family home there. In Florida he is a member of The Norton Museum of Art and The Flagler Museum. Clarke is a member of The Union Club of Cleveland.

Clarke has traveled extensively, but his focus has always remained on Italy, where he spent three successive yearly September months studying ancient and baroque architecture, and Italian modern art.


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