Photographed by Justin Buell.
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Lauren Ranes
Lauren Ranes always knew she wanted to be an interior designer and did the hard work necessary to become an important figure in the field.

While she was still a student at FIDM, Ranes simultaneously took work to build up her portfolio. "The latter proved to be most beneficial and I will always be grateful for that introduction," says Ranes. "I also started familiarizing myself with the design community in which I would be working."