We decided to take a moment to provide a snapshot on the Los Angeles interior design scene we think deserve special mention, and we’re certain you’ll agree. These designers’ fresh takes on modern and classic interiors have us completely inspired.
Natasha Baradaran, the founder and creative force behind Natasha Baradaran Interior Design, is known for curating interiors that are, in a word, striking. Although she’s been taking the Los Angeles interior design scene by storm since founding her company, in 2000, her momentum continues to build, and we continue to be left speechless by her limitless creativity. Her aesthetic is chic and rich, and borrows inspiration from Baradaran’s diverse cultural background and love for travel.
Baradaran’s location in L.A. has also presented her with exciting opportunities: “One of my favorite projects has been the contemporary home I completed for a sci-fi director in the Hollywood Hills. He asked me to create interiors that would feel futuristic in the 1920s. I drew from art deco design while putting together spaces that feel very current by using contemporary artisans and makers. We used some of my favorites, like Robertaebasta, in Milan, and Wyeth, in New York. I am commonly associated with a feminine aesthetic, and I love how this project shows a different side of my design style.”
Between her versatility and well-traveled verve, there’s no denying that Natasha Baradaran is going places.
Ryan White has caught our eye (and the attention of numerous home-interiors publications this year) with his carefully chosen pieces, expert use of color, and clean, sophisticated aesthetic. White, alongside his team at Ryan White Designs, has designed numerous upscale spaces throughout California and uses his previous experience in the New York fashion industry to stay on top of trends of the interior design scene and dress every project to the nines.
When asked about his style, White says that it’s “all about cultivated living” and that he draws “inspiration from different eras and styles to develop interiors that are both contemporary and classic.” White is inspired by traditional Americana, classic design, and handsome details, wherever he may find them. And he emphatically touts the use of layers when incorporating color. “I prefer deep hues and jewel tones. I like sophisticated colors that have depth,” he said. “Within every project I begin by building a color palette, then bring in the accents that create that special jewel moment.” The result? His projects seem to glow with an inner light, as evidenced in his latest design for a Los Feliz residential client.
Katie Hodges manages to develop one-of-a-kind style in every project she touches. And after earning her stripes at some of the area’s top interior design firms, Hodges continues to cultivate her style while she runs her very own design business, Katie Hodges Design. Her work is rustic and bohemian, yet refined and modern. Interested in more than just beauty, Hodges seeks to fill each home with a sense of soul and purpose, and she doesn’t believe in “untouchable” spaces. We adore her playfulness with color and her knack for combining eclectic elements to establish a cohesive, timeless vibe.
Above all, Hodges is adaptable as a designer. “My design aesthetic varies based on the project I am working on, but the common denominator in all of my work is the use of color and varying textures to achieve the greatest impact. Simple, unfussy furniture silhouettes paired with beautiful textiles in varying colors and patterns is the approach that I naturally employ in all of my design work.” Hodges explores luxury hotels when she travels, and regardless of the price tag, she takes a moment to find inspiration in the expert work of other designers and their efforts to make guests feel at home.
When she’s not traveling the world, however, Hodges finds inspiration right here at home. “L.A.’s diversity is one of my favorite characteristics of the city. Within a thirty-minute drive, you can find yourself in a completely different neighborhood, with its own distinct personality and culture.” As for us, we’re thrilled that Hodges is contributing in her own way to L.A.’s diverse and vibrant creative culture.
We can’t wait to see what’s next for these West Coast designers. There’s no question that their upcoming projects will ignite a creative spark in the hearts and minds of the Los Angeles design community, and we remain on the lookout for still more young designers who might soon follow in their footsteps or forge their own paths.
Who else should we be watching? Tell us in the comments who you think will be the next big thing in L.A.’s design world.