Designer Crush: Lauren Geremia

1. Who is your biggest role model? 

It is always changing. Right now, I am inspired by Joseph Dirand, Charles Zana, and Carlo Scarpa. 

2. Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?

A Single Man. I remember paying no attention to the plot, but I always think about that house.

3. What is the best way to gauge a client’s personality before starting a project?

We have a questionnaire that guides a conversation with clients. It helps us to align expectations, learn their taste, and lead us into different tangents that shape the project down the road.

4.  What new design trends are you excited to integrate into your work? 

I love the colorful and sculptural direction design objects are moving toward right now. Furniture and accessories are bold and full of personality. Designers are really getting to push boundaries and are inventing new ways to live in a fast-changing, creative world.

5. How do you completely unwind?   

I drink scotch in a hammock at my boyfriend's house and listen to records. I run often. I have sweet pets that make life easier when things get tough.

6. If you hadn't become a designer, which career would you have pursued? 

I would have been a therapist. I am fascinated with what makes people feel good in life.

7. What’s the worst pre-designer job you’ve ever had? 

I was a security guard for a summer in a college dorm. 

8.  What’s your favorite recipe?

When I visit NYC I eat out at Prune. I love to make their Fennel Baked in Cream Finocchio al Forno at home: 

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Fennel-Baked-in-Cream-Finocchio-al-Forno

9. Create your perfect playlist for us. 

I love older music. I often play classics, but have my guilty pleasures as well.

 

Lightning round!

10. Would you rather shop new or vintage?

A mix, but I find discovering relatively undiscovered items exhilarating.

11. First celebrity crush?

Steve Martin. 

12. What’s your hidden talent?

I am crazy about dancing.

13. Best restaurant in your area? 

Pizzaiolo in Oakland, California. I am on a meatball kick.

14. SF or LA?

I wish I could split my time evenly between both.