Mention the Wave House to any Angeleno and you’ll likely get a nod and “Oh yeah, that cool house in Venice, I’ve seen it!” Built by architectural designer Mario Romano, it quickly made an imprint on the local population and beyond with global press.
It’s not every architect who will happily tell you that sometimes the best room is outside, but Dean Larkin will. The West Hollywood-based architect (a native Angeleno and graduate of USC’s School of Architecture), David counts Southern California’s outdoor lifestyle among his greatest inspirations.
Everyone is talking about how Los Angeles is enjoying a tremendous blossoming of art, design and architecture, and no one is happier than interior designer Colin Dusenbury. “Here in Southern California, we are so lucky to have such a strong and diverse community of creative minds,” he says.
With some thirty-five years in the business, you can expect expertise from the hands of veteran designer Susan Cohen. Whether it’s renovating a kitchen or bath, or designing an entire home, the Brentwood-based designer listens closely to her clients’ wishes and uses her meticulous eye to craft the kind of spaces that have won her a loyal and prestigious following.
L.A.-based Linda Allen is known for having a deft hand with myriad styles and creating richly layered and dramatically illuminated interiors. Her rooms are ethereal and textured, and reflective of her travels and global perspective.
Snyder Diamond is thrilled to be a part of WestEdge again this year—and this year we’re especially excited to sponsor a lounge space where we’ll also be live broadcasting our Convo by Design (CXD) podcast series. We wanted to offer WestEdge visitors a comfortable place to relax, work and listen to the interviews, and we couldn’t be happier to have Ryan White Designs outfitting our spectacular tent.
Iowa transplant Phil Norman came to Southern California in 1984 with his BFA in Interior Design but without a single contact. Spirited, talented and undaunted, he quickly gained entrée into several San Diego-area firms, ultimately launching his own office, Norman Design Group, in 2003.
Since 1974, contractor Jim Davis has been building some of L.A.’s most spectacular homes, including the award-winning private homes of Conrad Buff and Don Hensman. In 1989, Jim launched his own firm, Davis Development Group, and has continued to work with renowned figures like Barbara Barry and Frank Gehry.
Whether they’re designing a private home or a showcase house, participating in panel discussions or rallying their support behind saving historic L.A. buildings, designers Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design bring their signature high-impact style.
With some thirty years of experience that include the Columbia School of Architecture, architecture studies in France, and positions with Robert A.M. Stern in New York City, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago, and Appleton & Associates in Santa Monica, Paul Brant Williger is something of a force.
Classical Progression, a construction and design studio based in Santa Monica, is comprised of founder Kevin J. Corzen, wife Carolynn, an interior designer, and their daughter, Skylar, who handles the marketing aspect of the firm, as well as an in-house construction team. As the group’s name implies, their philosophy isn’t about simply recreating familiar architecture styles but about creating boldly contemporary homes built with reclaimed materials that lend an immediate sense of history.
Architect Ward Edward Jewell has been designing luxury homes throughout the L.A area (and well beyond) since 1979. He believes in a team approach to every project, gathering the best in the fields of architecture, interior designer, garden design, and, of course, building. “A group dialogue with an enlightened client results in a beautiful project,” he says.
It’s telling that designer Shelley Starr’s list of services includes “peace of mind”—she’s not only known for creating clean-lined, functional and easy-to-enjoy interiors, she’s known for smoothly guiding clients through what can be a very stressful time.
Since moving her firm, A. Peltier Interiors Inc., from the Midwest to South Pasadena in 2010, designer Amy Peltier has completed myriad residential interiors, all with her signature family-friendly and easy-going style.
Since 2004, designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe of Nickey Kehoe, Inc., have been going full bore on myriad projects. Not only do they manage a firm that’s focused on residential and commercial projects, they run a shop (both brick-and-morter and online) filled with cool, vintage finds.
Whether it’s designing for clients (a roster that includes celebrities like Steve Carell, Tom Skerritt and Jennifer Lopez) or working on television shows like A&E’s “Makeover Mammas” and HGTV’s “Designers’ Challenge,” Australia-born interior designer Mark Cutler is, quite simply, having fun.
Robert Frank of Robert Frank Design may be based in San Marino but his aesthetic is rooted on the East Coast. “I’m such a fan of the ocean and the simplicity in design of Cape Cod architecture,” he says...
“I always wanted to build things,” says architect Michael Rachlin. “I remember building things with my father as early as age 6 or 7, working on projects around the house, and tinkering with model airplanes, cars and boats.” That early love of design continued as Rachlin grew up, ultimately leading to Arizona State University’s architecture program...
Since founding her firm, Bestor Architecture, in 1992, Barbara Bestor has become one of Los Angeles’ most in-demand architects. Whether it’s a restaurant, retail space, workplace or residence, Bestor brings her signature aesthetic—one that is rooted in place and light.
It seems only natural that an oenophile and self-described foodie would know how to design the ultimate kitchen. For Caren Rideau, who founded The Kitchen Design Group in Pacific Palisades some twenty years ago, life’s greatest pleasures prove an endless source of inspiration.
Thomas Callaway, a triple-threat designer of interiors, architecture and gardens, has been a fixture on the L.A. design scene for some twenty-five years, creating homes for well-know clients including Larry David and Alan Ladd, Jr.
Los Angeles designer Christian May is a busy man. Through his firm, Maison 21, he’s hard at work on multiple client projects, product lines that include rugs and pillows, and being an all-around good force for the design community in the City of Angels.
Takashi Yanai, Partner in Charge of the Residential Studio at Ehrlich Architects since 2004, knows how to build minimalist houses to maximum effect. The architect focuses on family homes and mixed-use residential projects...