S.H.O. and Tell

Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz brings on the glam.

Dauphine Armoire
“It’s inspired by one of my favorite designers, Dorothy Draper, who believed the energy of bright, vivid colors makes people feel happier. I agree!”

Mila Chandelier
“This piece creates a great juxtaposition of soft, irregular nature and rigid, uniform metal—cascading pink coral that falls effortlessly from a faceted frame of aged brass.”

Colette Sofa and Chaise
“One of my key design principles is creating a design dialogue between the past and the future. The Colette series is a great example of this.”

Jewel Console
“The color combination was taken from the pinkish hue of the sand in Hawaii, while the base was inspired by the edge of the shoreline, where the water and sand meet.”

For the last seven years, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz has burnished the high-end design scene through Shine by S.H.O., her San Juan Capistrano-based design and manufacturing firm. Her pieces show up in projects on a jet-setter’s itinerary: New York, Paris and London, the Middle and Far East. Two years ago, Hornbeak-Ortiz paired with Gilt Groupe, and what started as a cyber platform for selling the odd sample quickly evolved into something more. “I started designing and manufacturing collections for Gilt,” she says. “I threw my heart and soul into it, treating it as a virtual showroom.” And that’s not all: This fall she’s launching fabrics for Lino Textiles, amping up her showroom presence nationally, and will start exploring licensing agreements. “I’m mindful to keep a clear distinction between my pieces for Gilt and my more bespoke work,” she says. “But it’s amazing how they complement each other.”