Design Philosophy


Our expertise in sourcing vintage items - whether they are architectural features, hardware, or furniture is how we got started in the design business. Vintage pieces add balance to our modernist design tendencies by adding texture and softening hard lines. The qualities of vintage items help to make your space feel lived-in and comfortable. While our approach doesn’t necessarily mean that we use old pieces in every project, when we approach our designs we give value to the environmental benefits of renewing and reusing materials rather than building from new.

Functional Design.

Where spaces require efficiency and smart planning - our passion for functionality and form lead the way. We are driven to improve the flow and functionality of your space so that it works best for you. We care about how you will use the space we are designing for you and consider how spaces impact your daily life.

When finding balance in our passions, we do our best to stay true to the era of the homes we work in while balancing modern family life and today’s requirements for a functional home.

Our Team

Design Lead

Liane Eng

Liane is the owner and founder of WISEMAN + CROMWELL. She moved to Ottawa in 2009 to work as a scientist for the public service but soon discovered a passion for vintage collecting and real estate investment. Her investments provided an opportunity to hone her interior design skills. She is a hands on designer and isn't afraid to grab a hammer or a tile trowel to test her design choices! Her building experience, passion for preservation and the environment, and love of mid-century modern architecture provide the backbone for her work as an interior designer. Liane is known for mixing in vintage pieces in her modern designs to create comfortable, homey spaces for modern lifestyles. Currently she is obsessed with: India Mahdavi, Isla Crawford, and Joanna Laven.

Design Assistant

Emily Gellert

Emily has been working as both a design assistant and sales associate at WISEMAN + CROMWELL since 2019. She has a background in art history, specializing in the art of Barbara Kruger and Alex Colville. She is currently honing her skills as a technical designer, using 2D and 3D modelling to create visual layouts. She previously worked at a stone fabrication company where she developed an expertise in stone applications such as quartz, granite, and marble. Her style influences include Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid Century Modern.

Our Work

For a closer look at some of our design projects check out our full portfolio.