Posts by Michelle Konstantinovsky

1. How did you get started in design? After college graduation, I started work at a residential/commercial firm in Orange County, CA. I joined the commercial division and shortly after joining, we received our first hotel project.2.

1. Benni, you were born and raised in Italy — how do you think Italian culture influenced your approach to design?In Italy you grow up been attracted to beautiful things...it is just a way of living.

There's no shortage of historic landmarks in Los Angeles, but prepare to add one more to your list of favorites. Earlier this month, Downtown L.A.'s Chinatown unveiled its first micro-boutique hotel located within the newly relaunched Kim Sing Theatre.

1. How do you think growing up in the Napa Valley influence your approach to design?  Growing up the Napa Valley taught me the importance of simplistic and clean beauty.

1. Your aesthetic “blends the cosmopolitan sophistication of New York with the relaxed graciousness of California” — what does that mean to you and how do you execute that blend in real life? I grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan which definitely has its own vibe.

1. How did you two meet and become business partners? Annette Zavala: We both worked for Daen Scheiber as assistant designers and gravitated to each other's work style and aesthetics. There was a yin & yang element between us that produced great results.

1. How did you get your start in the design world?In the seventh grade, my art teacher took me to Providence, Rhode Island to get good art supplies. I saw this magazine with a picture of a four-poster canopy bed and dolls. The magazine was Architectural Digest.

1. When did you first become interested in interior design and what inspired your eventual career path? When I moved to Los Angeles after college I saw homes designed in ways I had never seen while growing up in Kansas. It was exciting and inspiring. 2.

Four years ago, San Francisco's Galleria Park Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, received a four-million-dollar restoration that made it one of the Financial District's most sought-after spots for out-of-towners and locals looking for an urban escape.

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space? My West Hollywood loft is a loving, passionate culmination of the antiques, furnishings and art that I’ve gathered over the years.

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