Gin Braverman began her professional career in New York City, designing sets for film production and taking classes in fashion, graphic design and photography at FIT and ICP. Her passion for travel took her to Taipei where she further honed her interior design skills during her time at the international Taiwanese design firm, MLD.
After her return to the US she spent a few years of intensive hands-on work learning specialized finishes and antique restoration in the workshop at Houston’s Installations Antiques, after which she accepted a position in New York as a lead designer for HGTV’s first full-home remodel show, “Home Rules.” The fast-paced, intensive experience of designing at great speed on a tight schedule only furthered her ambition to start her own design firm and she returned to Houston and founded gindesigns. The firm’s success was rapid and gindesigns has recently expanded to gindesignsgroup, absorbing the talents of designers from Venezuela, Spain, Brasil, Germany (and of course Houston) and partnering with long-term collaborator and award-winning graphic designer, Evan O’Neil to found an in-house hospitality concepts division. The firm has been contracted to design for a range of clients and properties including restaurants, pubs, wine bars, multifamily dwellings and has a boutique hotel in the works. gindesignsgroup’s work is now seen in many cities including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans and New Canaan.
After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kendall College of Art & Design in Michigan, Ginny migrated to Texas where she is now an associate designer with gindesigns. Ginny expertly assists the team with all areas pertaining to her projects and her background in sustainable building product installations gives her the opportunity to educate clients on the benefits of “going green”. Since joining gindesigns in 2011 she has contributed to many commercial and residential projects and confused many clients by having the same name as Gin. She is committed to technical quality, project efficiency, and providing the most accurate visual aids for the team and clients. You could say CAD and SketchUp are her happy places. Ginny currently proficiently manages the team at the Grand Rapids satellite office.
Jeanette works primarily with residential clients using an intuitive and collaborative design approach. She creates “strong relationships with clients to ensure that their unique personality and style is represented in every design.” She balances form and function utilizing an experienced combination of comfort and strong design by selecting sensible pieces with unique accents. Jeanette is a graduate of Texas A&M University of College Station and Lone Star College in Kingwood.
Kimberly designs and implements both residential and hospitality projects at gindesgns. She enjoys the diverse range of projects creating opportunities for innovative thinking and unique solutions for each client. As a Houston native, Kimberly feels that the diversity and size of the city brings constant new experiences and discoveries which inspire her work. Overall she loves working in design and collaborating with the in-house team. She says, “Looking at the space before and after the design is a complete 180° and knowing I played a part in that, from start to finish, is mind-blowing.”
Carolina loves the aspect of discovery in design and helping others realize their creative ideas. Collaborating on residential and hospitality projects, she brings an experienced background in architectural design as well as advanced computer visualization skills to the gindesigns team. She is originally from Brazil and feels that Houston’s size and multicultural environment is perfect, as “different places and cultures help you see the world in a different and better way.”
Evan designs clean and simple solutions for forward thinking, innovative projects. Evan is a Project M alumnus, a founding partner in New Living (a certified B Corporation), and a founder of the Houston Needs a Swimming Hole initiative. He has joined with gindesigns to further the development of the branding and concept design division with the goal of creating great spaces for the city. Evan was named by Houston Chronicle as one of Houston’s Most Interesting People of 2014.