Gin is the founder and creative director of gin design group, an award-winning interior design firm of dynamic creators and designers, centrally based in Houston, TX with coast-to-coast reach. Gin’s diverse background in design coupled with many years working in the food and beverage industry provided her with a strong foundation to establish and develop her prolific interior design practice in 2009, which specializes in developing originative and fully integrated designs for F+B concepts.
After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, Gin began her career in New York City working in production design. She continued her studies in fashion, graphic design, and photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology and International Center of Photography. Her quest for travel led to an internship with international design firm, MLD in Taipei, Taiwan where she lived for 2 years.
After her return to the US, she spent another few years at Installations Antiques in Houston working hands-on with wood and metal finishes, building custom furniture and lighting.
Her next design venture returned her to NY as a lead designer for HGTV’s first full home remodel show. Ever-inspired through continued travels both stateside and abroad,she constantly seeks to push the boundaries of design.Most importantly, Gin strives to work with clients to realize THEIR vision and make the design process fun and exciting; turning early ideas into a finished product that exceeds expectations and turning great client relationships into great friendships.
Houston local and Art Institute alum, Kimberly Kaptain joined gin design group in 2013 as an intern. She rapidly became an invaluable part of the firm, and as an associate designer has been enthusiastically executing innovative designs ever since. One of her top projects with the firm has been designing the green rooms and other rest spaces in Houston’s most exciting new concert venue, White Oak Music Hall. Though green rooms and restrooms are often an afterthought in most music venues, the firm’s notable designs caught the attention of NBC’s “The Voice ” and a subsequent photoshoot for one of the show’s contestants was featured in LOCAL Houston Magazine.
Kaptain’s interest in travel and her willingness to execute regular reconnaissance into Houston’s cocktail culture helps the flourishing designer with inspiration that she brings back to her colleagues and clients.
Managing Senior Designer
Christina (RID) holds the role of Managing Senior Designer at gin design group. She brings over a decade of experience in high-end residential and hospitality design, specializing in five-star boutique hotels for internationally-known brands. From managing consecutive phases of multi million dollar projects to working with multiple internal and external teams, she’s seen the completion of such projects as The Reefs in Southampton, Bermuda, Alamar, a Mexican resort, a St. Regis hotel in Macau, F&B concepts at the J.W. Marriott in Dubai and a 15 acre equestrian development in Florida. Since graduating with a B.S. in Interior Design at TCU, Wilburn has amassed of wealth of knowledge in the field and both her left and right brain fire on all cylinders at all times.