Since establishing her own interior design and event styling studio in 2005, Meredith Kleinman has certainly made her mark in the Los Angeles design community. Her award-winning residential projects have been featured on Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy while attracting celebrity and other high-profile clients who are drawn to her creative and affordable work.
Kleinman took some time out of her schedule to talk about what inspires her – both in L.A and out:
Take Sunset: Where do you look for inspiration when you take on a new project?
Meredith Kleinman: I let the space tell me what it needs — when was it built, how it is situated in the land, if the circulation makes sense, and so I have ideas that stem from this. Then I let the client tell what they need (if they can) and who they are as people. Everything starts happening pretty fast after this.
TS: What are you biggest design and artistic influences?
MK: R.M. Schindler, Le Corbusier, anything Japanese, Tony Duquette, Giotto, Wary Meyers, William Morris, the sets on Pedro Almodovar’s films, and a thousand others.
MK: Paint the floor, walls and ceiling all the same color — it always works!
TS: What was the most memo able project you’ve worked on?
MK: I did a job in Portland in a high rise condo where the client wanted it to have a woodsy feel. The bathrooms had no windows, so I decided to make one wall a photo mural of a forest like the kind that was popular in the 70s. So later, when we demoed the bathroom and the drywall came off, underneath on that same wall was a real photo mural of a forest — originally from the 70s when the building was built!
TS: Where do you like to hang out in LA?
MK: Neighborhoods — I like small town streets like Honolulu Ave in Montrose or Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock that haven’t crossed over yet. Restaurants — I never seem to get tired of eating all the Japanese food on Sawtelle Blvd. I’m also into old fashioned places like the H&S Bounty, Dear John’s, or Columbo’s. They’re cozy and make me feel like I’m traveling, but I’m still in L.A. I often find myself in Farmer’s Markets even when I don’t need anything. I’m obsessed with food, but that’s another post. Parks — my favorite new park is called the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Stores — I’m very fond of Lost & Found which is a cluster of little shops on Yucca.
TS: Anything fun and exciting coming up?
MK: I’m almost finished with a studio apartment in NYC, so I’m really excited to get photos of that. And I’m moving — haven’t found a house yet, but I can’t wait to find something to fix!
To see more of Meredith’s work, check out her web site.