Originally from California, Arlene moved to Ireland in 1988. Initially, she gained experience as a furniture and fabrics agent, sourcing quality goods from the US and Europe for designers and high-end retailers here in Ireland. She established her own interior design company, Ventura Design, in 2005.
The business has grown year on year and now employs a team of twenty, including ten interior designers. The team includes administrators, warehouse staff and installation crew, and continues to expand.
Arlene creates bespoke interiors for projects large and small, both in Ireland and abroad. Her style is influenced by her American roots, and she travels extensively sourcing unusual fabrics, lighting and furnishings from across Europe to ensure an original sensibility for each of her interior designs.
Arlene and her partner, Juergen Riedel, have also created an exclusive range of bespoke and custom-made tables chairs and sofas, all made in Ireland. This range is available throughout Ireland to other interior designers, and through furniture shops.
Working closely with prestigious Italian textile mills, Arlene has created a collection of textiles that are exclusive to Ventura Design. She has also designed and developed her own exclusive range of crystal chandeliers which are hand-crafted exclusively for Ventura Design by the Casa family in Tuscany.