And I recently launched a non-profit platform for contemporary design in Los Angeles, called LA, ART, DESIGN.I am an LA native; my family has been in Los Angeles for 100 years.
It doesn’t take a trained eye to tell that designer Oliver Furth is an LA native; every space he creates has a breathable, livable, and laid-back California vibe.
Subtle nature inspiration, tones of the earth and sea, and a rich textural mix are frequent hallmarks of his work.
These clients have been building an excellent collection of mid-20th-century furniture and decorative arts, which we’re highlighting with a rather specific palette of warm grey, taupe, lavender and eggplant.
I’m also restoring a 1930s Neo-Georgian house in Holmby Hills, for a client with a more traditional taste.
Above: Walls painted in Stone Blue by Farrow & Ball In addition to my design projects, I do a lot in the Los Angeles design community, doing whatever I can to push the design dialogue here.
I consult regularly with LACMA, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.They were taken with the English Country House aesthetic, but we’re trimming it down for Los Angeles’ lifestyle and weather – sort of “Anglo Angeleno.” We’re using wonderful Georgian and Regency Antiques, strong colors on walls and upholstery.But lots of windows look onto the outdoors and lots of negative space, so things don’t feel too heavy-handed.There’s a certain vibe here in LA that can be hard to pin down if you don’t know it firsthand. That idea (almost cliché) about the indoor/outdoor lifestyle is really true.But Furth’s knowledge of art and design is anything but casual: before establishing his firm in 2005, he worked in the 20th Century Decorative Arts department at esteemed auction house, Christie’s (no surprise, then, that he is Chair Emeritus on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Decorative Arts and Design Council having chaired the council for over six years! We asked him about everything from his West Coast connection to his go-to hues.What are some of the distinguishing facts, features and tenets of your design firm, Oliver M. (And what are one or two notable current/recent projects you’re working on?