The Renegade Designer

Stacey Zynen
The Renegade Designer

Anna Lambiotte was born to innovate.

Daughter to a real estate developer and an artist, designing modern and thoughtful spaces for homes was an inevitable path for Anna. “I always grew up in that realm of being a critical thinker when we entered a space. We would look around and ask ‘what makes this building so magnificent?’ [Designing homes] was very much meant to be,” she said.

Anna’s design magic is sprinkled throughout Colorado but most notably has been the project she and her team at Studio Lambiotte engaged at Union Station’s newest condominium building, The Coloradan. Referring to it as “the crown jewel” of opportunity, they worked alongside GBD Architects to consult on the floorplans and finishes throughout the homes and community as a whole and chose all the furniture throughout the common areas.

“When [buyers] would go under contract, I would bring in suitcases full of samples to unload and give my spiel to them. It was so fun!” said Lambiotte.

In 2019, Anna was hired by Colorado Avalanche star Nate MacKinnon to completely design his residence, Penthouse 1920, from start to finish. “I wanted to keep the design young to reflect [MacKinnon’s] young energy but also wanted a design worthy of a Penthouse at The Coloradan. I love all of the wallpaper and the lighting we selected; there were some great pieces that made it all come together beautifully,” she said. MacKinnon’s residence was purchased by a buyer represented by Iconique Real Estate’s Susan Chong in September 2021 for $3.1 million as a lucrative investment. Shortly after, Susan listed it for lease, securing a long-term tenant for her client at $18,000/month.

Prior to opening Studio Lambiotte, Anna jumped around to different industries, including the design for a line of pants which was sold across the country. In the early 2000’s, she and her husband moved west to California where they designed and built their home, and the rest was history. “I knew I didn’t want to do anything else from then on,” she said.

A couple of years later, a friend in real estate approached Anna with an opportunity to help design a 9,000 square foot house for a client. It was her first official job in design, and she leaned on her upbringing and personal experience to give her the confidence to say yes. “Since I watched my parents design and build their own home and I built and designed my home, I was confident in what I was doing. The same rules have applied in every job I’ve done since.”

Anna’s foundational value for work is Authenticity; being true to her vision and partnering that with the ideas and desires of her clients. “The moment I meet someone I begin trying to pick up their vibe and read them and see what they’re about and what they want so I can provide something that is an authentic extension of themselves,” she said. “That’s why they hire us, so I can provide an alternative solution or next iteration they would have not come up on their own.”

Without any formal education or training, Anna has built a small empire that is making a big impact throughout Colorado. “I never went to design school and I’ve never worked for anybody else. I call myself the Renegade Designer.” She stated. You can see more of her work at https://studiolambiotte.com.

Outside of design, much of Anna’s colorful life is all things Colorado: spending summers in the mountains, skiing, fishing, camping and especially going to Nuggets and Bronco games. Travel also made it on the list. “I travel all of the time,” she said. “I love it so much and get so much inspiration from it!” Anna is married and has three children.