Design is a way of life. Your home or workplace is not simply a reflection of your taste, it directly inspires your energy, creativity and productivity.

Founded in 1996 by Hilary Unger with the philosophy that there is no need to choose between high design and livability, Perianth is a full-service interior design firm based in New York City providing services for both residential and commercial projects.

Through the years Perianth Interior Design has continuously evolved, allowing the firm to keep in sync with the pulse of the industry and remain at the forefront of design trends. With a keen sense of what’s up-and-coming, Perianth owner, Hilary Unger, takes inspiration from her everyday surroundings and experiences, which influence her creation of spaces and furniture. Hilary looks for an interactive relationship with her clients, in which they can feel comfortable communicating their desires and wishes, and she can in turn translate them into a respective design. This enables Hilary and her team to create a space that fully meets - if not exceeds - each client’s expectations.

Perianth is responsible for a broad range of project types in the New York City area, ranging from whimsical children’s playrooms to bachelor bathrooms to entire family homes that marry sophistication with functionality.

Hilary Unger

Hilary Unger


Hilary Unger is known for her diverse portfolio and keen sense of style. Her strength lies in being able to design truly specific styles for each of her clients. She brings good taste and the influence of her personal style to her projects, but mirrors and shapes her designs to her clients’ desires. For nearly twenty years, she has created interior environments for all types of people with the belief that there is no need to choose between high design and livability. Before founding Perianth Interior Design in 1996, she began her foray into design at the ateliers of Mica Ertegun of MAC II, Erica Millar Design/Russell Riccardi Architects, and Owen and Mandolfo.

With a portfolio including a broad range of high-end residential and commercial projects in the Metropolitan New York City area, her projects have been featured in New York Spaces, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Social Diary and Elle Decor. In addition, Hilary's projects have been included in several books including Nursery Decor and Gracious Living: Home Design For Your Future, both by E. Ashley Rooney. Hilary has also appeared on Fox 5's Good Day New York. She was also one of the featured designers in New York's trendsetting challenge The New York Times $300 Makeover.

Hilary received her Bachelor of Science in Textiles, Merchandising and Design from the University of Rhode Island with a minor in Art and Interior Design, followed by her Associate of Art in Applied Science from New York School of Interior Design. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is licensed by the State of New York.

Influences: the light just before dusk in spring, the first steps outside in the morning with her young son, metallics, ladybugs, Aunt Fran (her style role model)

"I have always been affected by my environment and I am addicted to making spaces more livable and luxurious.”