Four esteemed designers have been added to THR's premiere Design Hollywood at The Century showhouse where the top industry interior designers will unveil rooms inspired by the worlds of film and television.
Natasha Baradaran (whose celebrity clientele includes Kate Hudson and Malin Akerman) was recently featured in W and Town & Country as one of the design's world best up-and-coming interior designers. Inspired by her diverse cultural background, Baradaran's design fuses classical, European tradition with the exoticism of Middle Eastern arts. "My spaces are inspired by a love of high fashion and jewelry design," she says of her design of a powder room and hall for the showhouse, located in the Century tower, located in Century City and developed by Related Companies. "There's a real architecture to the faceted shapes of gemstones and the cut of couture, and this informed my design." Her most recent projects include the design of a celebrity-owned house in Pacific Palisades and the new construction of a contemporary Hollywood Hills house for an entertainment mogul.
Oliver M. Furth opened his interior design firm in 2005 and was named one of the "20 top young designers" in the country by Traditional Home. Furth heads the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Decorative Arts and Design Council. He shops the globe on the lookout for the fine and the offbeat, the eccentric and the extraordinary. Arianna Huffington and entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham and author Heather Thomas are among his clients. Furth created a vestibule for the showhouse. "It was about creating a moment in this room before you enter the main living room," he says. "I pulled pieces from a global mix starting with a chest that has traveled across three different continents."
Below is a sample of Oliver M. Furth's work:
Cliff Fong (who has created houses for celebrities such as Ryan Murphy and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi) was born in New York and raised in many countries around the world, but he has been part of Los Angeles' design community for two decades as an interior designer, fashion designer and entrepreneur. He creates unique, personal and often unexpected environments for largely residential spaces. He creates commercial environments as well, such as Madison Gallery and Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio's Ink restaurant. In 2009, Fong opened Galerie Half, an emporium of 20th century design, European antiques and architectural elements.
Adam Bram Straus has been blazing his own trail in the design world with his eponymous firm and A-list clientele, which has included Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Mia Hamm. Originally from the east coast, Straus creates bi-coastal, mood-evoking interiors combining the classic with the unexpected. He has a passion for sourcing rare, vintage furniture and contemporary art. In designing a powder room for the showhouse, he wanted something "youthful with a worldly sophisticated eye and a sense of edge and whimsy." He says: "When I first started the space, I was thinking screenwriter sanctuary. But I could totally see a director living here, or an agent inhabiting this space."
On the left is a sample work of Adam Bram Straus. Photo credit: Bethany Nauert.
These designers will join Joan Behnke, Waldo Fernandez, Trip Haenisch, Kathryn M. Ireland, Jane Hallworth, Nickey Kehoe's Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey, David Phoenix, Tim Clarke, Marmol Radziner's Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner and renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, builder of The Century.
The Hollywood Reporter Design Hollywood at the Century, produced with top real-estate developer Related Companies, is open to the public from Oct. 26 to Nov. 18, with ticket sales at THR.com/designhollywood benefiting the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.