Melissa applies a highly refined aesthetic across multiple design disciplines, incorporating lifestyle curation, styling, and the sourcing and acquisition of iconic pieces of art and antiquity. Drawing on her lived experiences and the totality of her expansive design background, Melissa’s approach brings a practicality to every project, moving beyond surface aesthetics to create spaces that express the lives and lifestyles of her clients.
Her career began as a stylist and set designer for visionaries including Helmut Newton, Katayone Adeli, and Sonia Rykiel. She explored design in the fashion realm, creating high-end store concepts for the likes of BCBG Max Azria, Parallel, and Herve Leger. In 1998, she joined Studio Sofield, further honing her craft for 15 years on iconic hotel and retail projects for clients such as Tom Ford, Harry Winston, and Grand Hotels, along with private residences worldwide. Melissa went on to serve as Design Director for the Faena District in Miami Beach, collaborating closely with Alan Faena, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.
In 2015 she launched M.A. Bowers, Inc. an interior design and creative studio, specializing in hospitality and residential design.