When Scott Richler married his high school sweetheart, he gained a business partner in his bride's brother, Gabriel Kakon. The Canadian-born brothers-in-law joined forces in 2004, combining their backgrounds in industrial and fashion design as well as architecture to create a unique collection of furniture pieces. Fast forward to 2012, and GABRIEL SCOTT, the duo's line of chic, contemporary furniture and lighting fixtures, is an official hit. The pieces are handmade in Richler and Kakon's Montreal Studio and stocked-to-ship from upstate New York. Learn more about the design duo in our Q&A below.
The great minds of the mid-century modern movement - who have introduced a whole new philosophy of design, production and use. Depending on the pieces we create, we often find inspiration through the works of such greats as Calder, Aalto, Prouvé, to name a few.
2. Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?
Ready or not, 2016 is coming to an end ("READY!!!" - literally everyone). If you were too busy these last few weeks marveling at the year's neverending insanity and/or eating all the things (see: holidays), you may not have had time to make New Year's Eve plans. Relax.
John McClain's passion for interior design runs deep. Born into a family of fine home builders, McClain launched his own career in Orlando, Florida before getting his big break on HGTV in 2010. After making the move to Los Angeles, McClain began catering to a diverse array of clients (celebrities included) and delving into custom furniture design. He launched his eponymous firm, John McClain Design, in 2013 and has since created an array of beautiful, attainable spaces composed of traditional elements, clean lines, and a touch of glamour. With his new home furnishings line, Gilded Home by John McClain, the designer combines old Hollywood luxury with mid-century modernism. Learn more about McClain in our Q&A below.
Opening Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of ArtSan Francisco denizens are looking outside the 7x7 for big news in the NorCal art world. Renowned art patrons Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem recently unveiled their new museum on the campus of UC Davis. And it’s a looker.
While the majority of the Silicon Valley population is hustling and bustling in order to create the latest and greatest technology, Linda Sullivan spends her time sharing her invaluable expertise in the arena of interior design.
It takes more than an eye for aesthetics to be a great designer. And as the owner and head of her namesake firm, Erica Bryen Design, Southern California native Erica Bryen has the skills and experience clients clamor for, plus a warm approachability that immediately puts them at ease. Bryen is an expert at mixing up materials, techniques, and elements from different eras while drawing creative inspiration from her extensive travels, historical influences, and a love of fashion. Her unique blend of technical prowess and personable style embolden clients to dream big and see their fantasy design concepts transform into tangible results. Learn more about the designer in our Q&A below.
1) Who is your biggest role model?
My dad, Marc Gerber, for many reasons.
2) Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?
Definitely Casino. I love the style during that era and think it would have been so fun to take part in that set design.
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Classics are classic for a reason. And nothing screams "classic" like white subway tile in the kitchen. It looks crisp, pristine, and clean (well, theoretically), and it works in just about any backsplash scenario. It can also be insanely boring.
What began as a childhood hobby, creating custom-made ballrooms for her dolls, evolved into a lifelong passion for Kari McIntosh. The Bay Area-based designer graduated from dollhouse creations to pursue a higher education in architecture and interior design before beginning a decade-long career in the hospitality industry. Eager to return to her roots, McIntosh then launched her own firm with the intention of channeling each client's unique personality into a customized space they're proud to call home. Learn more about the designer in our Q&A below.
1. Who is your biggest role model?
Without a doubt, my parents. As entrepreneurs they have always instilled a great work ethic and encouraged me to follow my dreams. My father is a civil engineer and my mother is creative (she ran an antiques and retail store for years) so my pursuit of interior design has been a true amalgamation of the two influences.
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