15 Minutes with Brigette Romanek


ELOQUENCE AND EDGE are two words that come to mind when describing the stunning work of designer Brigette Romanek. Like many, she landed in L.A. with big dreams but quickly achieved them tenfold. Her ability to carve out a prototypical style in a bustling industry by masterfully mixing periods of furniture is what makes her one of the most sought- after designers in California. Here, she shares her current inspirations and hopes for the future.

Photo by Jessica Sample

What makes you most happy about designing in California?
The people, the energy, the local artisans, the showrooms, the galleries, the light in the city, all the different styles of homes.

Art plays a key role in your work. Which fine or decorative artist are you currently obsessing over? So many! Lorna Simpson, Alvaro Barrington, Diedrick Brackens, Alex Israel, Kehinde Wiley and Amoako Boafo.

Where have you found unexpected design inspiration during the pandemic? My library—I rediscovered it! Also the internet and the virtual tours of galleries and showrooms.

Given the current cultural climate, what one change would you like to see in the design industry? Seeing more people of color.

What are you most thankful for? Most everything, most all of the time.

What is your favorite album or song right now? “You’re Too Precious” by James Blake.

If you could design a house for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Virgil Abloh.

What is one item in your home you can’t live without?
My plants.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An architect.

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