Last week, the 20-person firm Nate Berkus & Associates announced the promotion of its longtime design director, Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, to partner. Gordon, who joined the firm 17 years ago as an intern, says her 21-year-old self wouldn’t have been all that shocked at the job title in her cards—after all, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an interior design degree from the Harrington Institute of Interior Design. But what would have thrown her for a loop: "How much I actually love my job and how it truly feels like what I am meant to do," she says.
Prior to joining Berkus’s AD100 firm, the designer had even tossed around the idea of pursuing a career in law. But present-day Gordon calls the promotion "a full-circle moment" that stems back to when she took an internship with Berkus at age 21. "It was right before he had started on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and watching his career skyrocket has been surreal," she says. "I’m beyond grateful that in the midst of all of that, he took me under his wing, taught me everything he knew, and then trusted me to become a designer at a really young age."
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