The founder of Bilhuber & Associates, Bilhuber is one of the city's leading interior designers.
The son of a Mobil oil executive, Bilhuber spent his childhood on the move: He grew up on Long Island (in Huntington), in the Midwest, and in Norway. After attending Cornell's hotel school, he spent a few years working in hotel administration, and it was while working at the Carlyle that Bilhuber met legendary decorator Mark Hampton, who was redecorating the hotel's guest rooms at the time. The acquaintance with Hampton steered Bilhuber toward the interiors world and in 1984, at age 28, he launched his interior design practice, Bilhuber & Associates. Since then he's established himself as one of the foremost residential designers in town. Aesthetically, he's become associated with a simple, often beige-heavy look, and although residences are his sweet spot, he's also worked on a handful of hotel projects.
Bilhuber is especially popular with the fashion and media crowds. He designed David Bowie and Iman's Lafayette Street loft and Mariska Hargitay's former apartment in Tribeca (which she sold in 2007). Film honcho Jane Rosenthal and her husband Craig Hatkoff are clients, as is MTV co-founder Bob Pittman. Other clients include Michael Douglas, Patrick McCarthy, John and Andrea Stark, and Hubert de Givenchy. Most famously, though, Bilhuber designed Vogue editrix Anna Wintour's weekend home in the Hamptons. (Hyperbolizing just a little bit, one magazine declared, "To even begin to understand the magic of Anna Wintour's house in the country, you need to forget everything you thought you knew about Long Island and the Hamptons.") And PR guru Paul Wilmot is such a Bilhuber fan, he had him design his office, his apartment in Manhattan, and his Miami Beach vacation pad. On the hospitality front, Bilhuber designed the interior of the Jeff Klein's 65-room boutique hotel, City Club, in 2001. Three years later, he completed a $19 million renovation of the 205-room boutique hotel, 70 Park Avenue.
Apparently, Bilhuber was quite fond of his work at City Club: He moved into the hotel in 2002.