Joni Vanderslice

principal and owner
J. Banks Design

Joni Vanderslice founded her award-winning, multidisciplinary firm, J. Banks Design, more than 30 years ago and since then, has nurtured the Hilton Head Island-based operation into an internationally recognized force in resort, residential, and product design. With a team of over 40 and a credo of luxury without pretense, the firm takes on a global project portfolio that translates resort living to home—and home to resort living.


Travel inspires Joni — it offers fresh insight for her namesake product lines including the J. Banks Collection for EJ Victor, Kravet Inc., Paragon Art, New Ravenna, and Holland & Sherry. Her passion for design is equaled only by her profound love of family and a strong desire to give back. Her family’s personal endeavor is the Valentine Project – which provides a safe, family-like home for orphans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Joni has received numerous awards including the Southeast Designer of the Year for both the residential and commercial sectors from ASID. Under her direction, the firm’s exceptional work at Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy garnered it a Gold Key Award and the firm remains on Interior Design’s lists of “Rising Giants” and “Top 75 Hospitality Design Giants.”