“I love the idea of creating a home for inspiration and not as a showcase,” writes Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez, president of the homegrown and family-owned furniture brand, Philux. “The elements in it should move you and convey aspects of your life, personality and individuality.” The newly minted author of Embracing Natural Design published by Rizzoli is an advocate of purposeful and intentional living. “I fill my space with a mix of simple and notable pieces that I hope to pass on from one generation to another.”
Known for her exceptional sense of style, the beautiful Swiss-Filipina has been the face of many campaigns since her teen years. She’s graced many magazine covers and was awarded Tatler Asia’s Most Stylish in 2016. Her fashion sense is a mix of well-tailored pieces infused with touches of glamour, vintage or bohemian, depending on the occasion. Whether at a business forum, a beach cocktail party, or home with some friends, she is always impeccably and thoughtfully dressed.
It is with this same sensibility that Gonzalez approaches her design ethos: “A home is a sacred personal space that grows and evolves with your life story, it is an extension of your identity, where you can be your truest self, where you feel at peace—inspired and surrounded by the things and people you love.”
Although it was not necessarily a straightforward path to the world of interiors, Gonzalez eventually joined the family company after studying E Economics at Sarah Lawrence in New York and a year at Sciences Po in Paris, closely collaborating with her parents, Philux founders Max and Zelda Kienle, and her sister, Jessica Kienle Maxwell.