The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Influential Interior Designers in L.A.
Molly Luetkemeyer’s talent is giving modern and contemporary L.A. houses a bright and playful yet sophisticated personality. “I’m always the wild one with color,” says Luetkemeyer of M. Design Interiors, “because the houses I work on often have a lot of glass, so you wind up having this connection to nature, from the purple of the jacarandas to a range of greens.” Colors pop at the Studio City postand- beam house she designed for her younger sister, Modern Family’s Bowen, where persimmon red chairs and mustard mirrors surround the black lacquered table. She deployed those same hues in a restrained manner for client Blum’s midcentury Hollywood Hills house.
Originally from Baltimore, Luetkemeyer started out in the film world, working as an assistant to Mike Nichols. On a trip to L.A. during the making of Primary Colors, she decided to move to L.A. (“early midlife crisis”), later enrolling in UCLA’s design program, getting an internship with designer Kelly Wearstler and opening her own firm in 2001. One thing her clients get: homework. “My male clients will sometimes balk at sitting down to write down what they want. Once I explain to them that if they can help me understand their wants, it will cost them less. And then believe me, they do that homework.”
Pet peeve: “Watered-down Regency. It’s so horrible when everything gets garish and ham-handed. My eyes!”