Vibha Hutchins was born and raised in Bombay, India. She moved to New York City in 1980 to advance her education and experience in her field of Interior Design. She graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Masters Degree in Interior Design in 1983. She then resumed work as a designer with several high profile Manhattan Architectural and Interior Design firms including Edward Durrel Stone, Stuart Mager, Conti Grappo and the legendary firm of Dorothy Draper and Company. At Dorothy Draper, Vibha managed projects for exclusive clientele such as the Grand Hotel in Mackinaw Island, Michigan and the Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. In a short time she was promoted to the Director of Design for the Caribbean. She was responsible for hotels and substantial residences in Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, St. Croix and other Islands. Her work on Villa Madeleine in St. Croix was featured on the front cover of Architectural Digest.
In 1990 Vibha retired from this firm and set up practice in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, undertaking hotels and fantastic getaway homes from St. Lucia to Palm Beach. In the early 90’s Vibha initiated another practice in Jacksonville, Florida and made that her headquarters in 1994. The Jacksonville office is a diverse Interior Design practice covering all sections of work with an emphasis on hospitality, residential and corporate interiors. The practice also has a collection of exclusive furnishings highlighted by exotic and intriguing pieces from all over the world. Vibha personally sources her inventory on frequent purchasing trips to Asia and affords her customers unparalleled access and support to the purchase of these unique treasures on the strength of knowledge and working network in her homeland and neighboring regions.
Vibha’s work in the Jacksonville area has ranged from spectacular oceanfront homes to the complete interior design and exterior finish of corporate jets. Vibha’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, Florida Design, Waters Edge, Jacksonville Magazine, Luxury Living, Florida International and numerous other international, national and local periodicals. Vibha’s multiple entries in the Jacksonville Symphony’s Showcase Homes have consistently appeared in media coverage as representing the premier work for the event.
The firm has won design awards for projects in the Hospitality and Residential categories from the American Society of Interior Designers.
Vibha has authored several design articles and informative pieces, holds workshops in her studio on a regular basis and has been invited to speak to a number of organizations on the topic of Interior Design. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has been active in the ASID North Florida Chapter affairs.
Currently a resident of both Florida and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, she has a strong design practice in both areas, a varied international clientele and a strong national and local base.
Vibha’s extraordinary background and training coupled with her enthusiasm for her art have led to a pattern of incomparable projects and delighted clients that have made Vibha their permanent design consultant.
Statement of Philosophy
Interior design is more than the selection of furnishings and finishes. It is a marriage of styles; the harmony of colors, drama created by lighting, the use of furniture, fine art and accessories perfectly blended to create authenticity, originality and good taste. A proven track record and International exposure combined with experience, helps attain our goal of bringing you creative design solutions and personalized service which will satisfy your functional requirements and aesthetic desires.
1995 Study Abroad Program – Paris
1984 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Masters of Science- Interior Design, Magna cum Laude
1979 St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, India, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, BA Honors
1977 Sophia Polytechnic, Bombay, India, Associate of Arts – Interior design
Florida Interior Design License (individual license) ID#0003503
Florida Interior Design License (business license) IB#0000750
USVI Interior Design License# 2-1007339-2008
FMSDC Minority Certification – MBE #431197
NCIDQ Certification #011154
Green Purchasing AP
Professional Member, American Society of Interior Designers, ASID since 1990
Association 1, Director ASID North Florida Chapter, 2000-2002
Member, USGBC North Florida Chapter, Since 2008
Member FMSDC, Florida
3/90 – present Vibha Hutchins Design St. Croix, USVI & Jacksonville, FL, Mumbai, India
Established and operated this full service interior design firm with Design Studios in St. Croix, USVI, and Jacksonville, Florida bringing it into national prominence through the use of creative, original, and functional design solutions with high standards of quality control. It is a diverse practice with project types ranging from destination resorts, restaurants, corporate offices, and corporate jets to high end residential, commercial/contract and institutional markets.
7/85 – 12/89 Dorothy Draper & Cc. Inc. – NYC, NY
Project Manager for this high profile Hospitality Design firm. Managed large projects for hotels, resorts, commercial and high-end residential clients on projects throughout the US and the Caribbean. Retired from this firm as Director of Design, Caribbean.
7/83 – 6/85 Edward Durell Stone & Associates, Architects – NYC, NY
Senior Designer at this greatly respected architectural firm in the interior design department. Produced design and construction documents for commercial banks, corporate clients, and high-end residential clients.
6/82 – 6/83 Conti Grappo Interiors Inc. – NYC, NY
Designer, Purchaser and Resource Manager at this small residential design firm. Produced design and construction documents and assisted clients with purchasing.
3/79 – 3/80 Air India – Mumbai, India
Assistant designer for Corporate Office Projects nationally and internationally including reservation offices, airport check in areas, lounges and overseas manager’s residences. Tasks included space planning, construction documents, detailing check in counters, ergonomically designed workstations, selection of FF&E, art selection, procurement, purchasing, and shipping arrangements.
8/76 – 2/79 Premnath & Associates – Mumbai, India
Starting as an intern and graduating into an assistant designer at this well respected Architectural and Interior Design firm specializing in hospitality, corporate and high end residential projects. Tasks included space planning, drafting and documentation.