Founder, Executive Chairman & Creative Director

JONI BURDEN founded her multidiscipline interior design firm over thirty-seven years ago. Since then, she has nurtured the Hilton Head Island-based operation into an internationally recognized force in residential and resort design. With over fifty associates and a credo of luxury without pretense, J. Banks Design takes on a global portfolio of interior design projects that translate resort living to home—and home to resort living.

Through the years, J. Banks Design has received numerous awards under Joni’s design direction. She has been honored as ASID’s Southeast Designer of the Year for both the Residential and Commercial sectors and named ASID Dora Gray Designer of the Year. The firm’s exceptional work at Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy, garnered a Gold Key Award for Outstanding Resort Design, the pinnacle of hospitality design honors. J. Banks Design remains a fixture on Interior Design magazine’s lists of “Top 200 Interior Design Giants” and “Top 75 Hospitality Design Giants.”

The firm’s residential, resort, and clubhouse interiors have been widely published in many shelter and trade publications, including Southern LivingElegant HomesRobb ReportHospitality Design, and Boutique Design.

Travel inspires Joni and provides fresh insight for her namesake furniture and fabric lines: The J. Banks Collection for EJ Victor, Gabby, Kravet Inc., Paragon, New Ravenna, and Holland & Sherry.

Joni’s passion for design is equaled only by her profound love of family and a strong desire to give back. Her family’s latest endeavor is the Valentine Project–a mission to provide a safe, family-like home for orphans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.