“We love the process of working with our clients to discover their vision,” says designer David John Dick of DISC Interiors. And by their growing list of clients, the feeling is clearly mutual. The firm, which David launched with partner Krista Schrock in 2011, quickly garnered a reputation for creating contemporary interiors imbued with a sunny warmth but exuding a calm, cool air. Often set against a backdrop of neutral tones, the duo melds modern furnishings with vintage pieces, metallic accents, and myriad handmade objects (baskets, ceramics, you name it—the pair are known to source some of L.A.’s most up-and-coming artists). Having completed homes in every cool corner of the city, the designers have also turned their hand to creating product lines: window coverings for Smith & Noble and a forthcoming collection of rugs for Marc Phillips. If ever there was a time for us to catch up with them, it’s now!
How would you describe your aesthetic? Natural, earthy, modern, layered, textural, quiet, and comfortable. We love combining elements of modern and traditional details in the furnishings, as well as the interior architectural details. The interiors we design are rich in textures and layered with natural materials, and have a conversation with the architecture.
How did you get started in the business? Krista's background was in graphic design, and she also worked with numerous interior designers before we met to form DISC interiors. My background was in glass blowing and craft, as well as restaurants. I returned to school at UCLA for the interior architecture program. Krista and I met through mutual friends, and we were hired for our first small residential project. Slowly, we began to attract clients, and our business has grown steadily over the years.
From where or what sources do you derive creative inspiration? We are both inspired by being outside in nature, and are both drawn towards natural textures and color palettes. We are inspired by contemporary art and craft, as well as fashion, traveling and films.
If you could reside on a Hollywood film set from any era, what would it be and why?
David: I've always been drawn towards the early films of Alfred Hitchcock, not only for their suspense, but mainly for his ability to tell a story through the interiors and spaces he created for these characters. There was such a strong "sense of place" in all of Hitchcock's films, and they left a strong impact on me.
Krista: After recently watching The Danish Girl, I was quickly transported back to my time in Copenhagen and Paris this past fall. The Copenhagen film set is one of poetic austere beauty with a dreamy and painterly sequence of shots which I personally relate to in life and our designs. The journey and liberation of the Paris set explores color, femininity and Art Nouveau—things that I don’t necessarily relate to on a personal level but am deeply fascinated by and want to continue to explore in our work.
What takes a kitchen or bath from ordinary to extraordinary? There are so many elements in a bathroom and kitchen design that can be taken advantage of and altered to make an extraordinary room. We love to introduce new stone or natural materials, select finishes that feel personal to the home as well as impactful, experiment with cabinet designs, and select unique lighting and fixtures.
To learn more about DISC Interiors’ vision, check out David’s blog, You Have Been Here Sometime.