Skinner Announces Phillip Thomas as Inaugural Designer in Residence

Renown Interior Designer, Phillip Thomas, Is Joining Skinner Auctioneers as the Inaugural Designer In Residence, Expanding Their Yearslong Creative Relationship

Skinner Auctioneers announces the appointment of renowned interior designer Phillip Thomas as the auction house’s inaugural Designer in Residence, strengthening Skinner’s long-held relationship with Thomas. Having collaborated with Thomas on a number of inspired design events and sales since 2018, Thomas’ appointment demonstrates Skinner’s innovative approach to auctions as an avenue for interior design.

“It is an honor to work with the prestigious auction house, Skinner,” said Thomas. “The broad range and depth of style, era and periods of works along with their commitment to high quality in the offerings within their sales has long been admired by my team and clients alike. I am thrilled to be named the first Designer in Residence!”

Kicking off his appointment, Thomas will be leading Skinner’s Living Luxe – Creating Timeless Interiors zoominar on April 7, 2022. Scheduled to coincide with Skinner’s spring Luxe Living: The Bostonians auction, the virtual event will feature Thomas’ signature “get the look” vision. Pulling from items featured in the auction, Thomas will offer elegant approaches to incorporating items at auction into one’s overall home aesthetic. The Luxe Living: The Bostonians sale will be hosted live, April 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM in Skinner’s Marlborough galleries.

In addition to bringing his signature design concept to buying at auction, Thomas’ approach positions antiques and vintage items as a sustainable way to outfit your home. Much like the idea that the greenest home is the one already standing, Thomas enlivens antiques, uncovering new, sustainable afterlives in storied, vintage items. With supply chain issues still pervasive and affecting the interior design and architecture sector, Thomas
incisively presents antiques as a creative, green workaround.

“Skinner is delighted to be expanding our collaborative work with Phillip Thomas. We look forward to witnessing the creative and innovative design perspective Phillip will no doubt offer as Designer in Residence,” said Katie Banser-Whittle, Skinner’s New York Regional Director.

About Skinner
Skinner attracts top consignments and commands record-breaking prices in the international auction marketplace. In March 2022, Skinner was acquired by the global auction house Bonhams, simultaneously bringing Skinner to the world’s stage and providing Bonhams with greater access to the North American market. With renowned expertise and extraordinary service, Skinner is the place for buyers, sellers and the passionately curious. Skinner appraisers are familiar faces on PBS’s 19-time Emmy Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Visit us in Boston, Marlborough, New York, Maine, Florida, or online at

About Phillip Thomas
Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., Thomas follows his guiding belief that the process of creating a home should be enjoyable for all involved. Since establishing his own firm in 2011, Thomas has worked with a wide-range of clients on projects both in the United States and internationally, and his work can be found in many of the top buildings in New York City including the Dakota, 15 Central Park West, River House and One Madison. For more information, visit

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