Floss Barber

chief executive officer
Floss Barber Inc.

Floss Barber’s strength is transforming interior spaces to fit business’ needs. As she learns about your business, she envisions interiors that reflect your brand, enable employees to work successfully, and guests to enjoy hospitality spaces. She creates interiors that, in fact, lead to your success in business.


“What I like about design,” Floss says, “is seeing the potential in a space come to life. Creating the vibrational patterns of that space. Encouraging human interaction in the space.” With a distinctly modern attitude, she designs iconic settings conducive to work, sleep, or play.


“When a client has a vision that they can articulate, I enjoy leading the process of making it happen,” she says. A woman of efficiency and managerial acumen, inspired by spirituality, she orchestrates her own team plus engineers, lighting consultants and others.


“I enjoy it when it’s successful. It’s a form of liking excellence.”


Currently focusing on the hospitality industry, Floss believes that clients value design that deals with complete environments. “Hospitality begins with welcoming guests and employees as they enter,” she says, and it applies to corporate amenity spaces, casinos and restaurants as well as to hotels and apartment complexes. She designs interiors that entertain and amuse regulars and visitors.


As a student at Drexel University Westphal College of Design, Floss fell under the influence of the late Mary Epstein, who created the design department. Epstein taught the lesson that it was important to look at interiors in unconventional ways, seeking the juxtaposition, for instance, of antiques and Le Corbusier.


Before opening her own studio, Floss managed interiors departments for architectural firms, including Curtis Cox Kennerly. Along the way, she says, “I realized I had my own agenda, which was to create something fresh. Design should be innovative. It should be flexible, not perfect. Perfect is stillness, and it doesn’t allow for human interaction.”


She has earned every honor that Drexel design school bestows. She serves on its advisory board and its Board of 100, which recognizes the top people from its 150,000 alumni; and she has a place in its Hall of Fame. Floss Barber Inc. has many awards and most recent is the International Property Awards for the Inn at Swarthmore.