Designer Crush Q&A: Oliver M. Furth

Along with his ability to create masterfully beautiful and timeless spaces, Oliver is also is the youngest chair of LACMA's Decorative Arts and Design Council. Further proving a fabulous eye and an obsession with studying design will get you a lot farther then time in the biz. We're so honored Oliver took a minute to answer our Designer Crush Q&A!

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space? 

I live in Carthay Circle, Los Angeles. My home is really a laboratory, where I get to experiment. I try new paint colors, weird materials, new combinations of furniture. I believe that a home should be a living, breathing thing; it should be changing as our tastes evolve and we go on our own personal journeys. It’s something that I try to instill in my clients’ homes, and definitely a philosophy that I live with.

2. What's your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)?

My ideal client is someone who knows his/her own taste and has a defined sense of self, but isn’t afraid to listen to me and push themselves a little.

3. In real life, what's your favorite design project you've completed to date?

Always the next one.

4. You've been gifted a fabulously furnished dream home but can only bring one item from your current space. What would it be?

Either my boyfriend, my books, or my grandfather’s Hans Wegner armchair.

5. What's your creative process when designing a space?

My process begins with a lot of research. I really like to collaborate with my clients, and it takes some time to figure each other out. We read books, visit galleries together, and look at a bunch of things. I really try to get inside their heads and understand their lifestyle, and understand the story they’re trying to tell with their home.

6. Where do you score prized interior design items? Any shopping tips?

I buy a lot at auction. Years ago, I worked for Christies in the 20th Century Decorative Arts department. So I‘m very comfortable around auctions
houses… Christies, Sotheby's, Philips, Paddle 8, Bonham's, Wright, LA Modern Auctions, Rago. I think it’s a great place to educate your eye, and there are often great finds there!

7. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never take on again yourself?

I’ve tried lots of DIY myself. I think TRIED is the operative word. They usually resulted in a glue gun burn and a wasted Saturday afternoon. I have an amazing team of talented craftsmen and artisans whom I work with, and have enormous respect for what they do. Why do it yourself, when there are professionals?

8. What new design trend are you excited to integrate into your next project?

I really try to avoid trends with my work. I think trends are valuable in the fashion world, where we change our clothes twice a day. But decorating one’s home is an enormous investment of both time and money. They should remain beautiful and timeless for a long, long time.

9. Lightning round! 

Beach or mountains?

Beach.

Twitter or Facebook?

Hand-written notes.

Architectural Digest or Wallpaper?

AD (I’ve had my subscription since I was 10 years old.)

Should you spend money on a fabulous bathroom or kitchen?

Depends on the person. A kitchen can be a social space, while a bathroom is personal and intimate. For myself, I built a really great closet.

Would you rather shop new or vintage?

Vintage

Great view or perfect pool?

View.

SF or LA?

LA! (I’m a fourth generation Native Angelino).

10. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the design world?

Don’t assume anything!


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