Honestly you never know what to expect when you meet a designer. I have been blessed that 100% of my interviews have been with the coolest and most talented designers in the world. My streak kept going last week as I talked to David Brian Sanders. Last week was a bit trying and I found myself in a funk for some reason until I heard the first words come out of David’s mouth.
Life is Amazing and Everyday is Better Than the Next
David is not only talented but he was able to move from food to design with such ease it is inspiring. We agreed that when the love and passion is there everything else will follow. Armed with a legal pad David is constantly getting inspired and then taking these ideas to the next level. We also agreed that his daily inspirations could rival the size of a Restoration Hardware catalog.
It’s hard not to drift with David. We talked about his TV career, taking a few ideas he had to pilot in the near future and then his ambitions for lighting and a few other categories. Without a doubt David is that person/designer who thinks it and then lives it. I am so excited to see what David does next because I have no doubt it will be spectacular.
So please enjoy a brief glimpse into the world of this amazing talent on so many levels…David Brian Sanders.
What inspires your furniture design?
My furniture design is largely inspired by the environments I immerse myself in. Such inspiration can be drawn from local and familiar places, such as Palm Springs. Other influences come from traveling abroad. I have recently drawn much inspiration from my travels to Australia and New Zealand—two cultures unique in their ability to be familiar yet each proudly telling a complex narrative of their places within the South Pacific. In my opinion, good design highlights such contrasts and is defined by cultural nuances.
From chef to designer! How was the transition?
Transitioning from the culinary arts to interior design seemed natural and seamless. A designer’s creativity is rarely limited to one segment of design. Rather, a designer’s career is defined by what he choose to focus his energy on.
How important is creativity in your life?
Creativity is my oxygen. It sustains me and gives me life. It is my breath.
What design book(s) do you have on your book shelf?
My library reflects the eclecticism of my personality. Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program 1945-1966 sits on a shelf next to David Hicks: Designer by Ashley Hicks. The former highlights the modernism that both LA and my aesthetic are grounded in. Conversely, the latter highlights Hick’s projects, which arose as strict modernism fell out of fashion–signaling a return to antiquity and decorative arts juxtaposed with modern and contemporary elements. Such thoughtful contrasts are what I hope to bring to my projects to make them interesting.
You launched your brand so what other categories are you planning to explore?
I look forward to expanding The Collection to include tabletop dining linens, bedding textiles, stemware and flatware.
What is the design motto you live by?
Realizing our clients’ dreams, one home at a time.
What is your first step in selecting a new client?
While a client may not be familiar with the design process, it is important that they have a curiosity and willingness to learn. Their participation to a certain level is imperative to the success of a project.
Do you still love to cook and if so does it inspire your design ideas?
I love to cook! In fact, twice a year I host a large dinner party for my friends and family, at which I cook for about 25 persons. Much like my design, too, my cooking tells a story. In particular, it is a reflection of my own journey—an amalgamation of interactions and environments that have affected me.
Where is your dream spot to live and what style of home would you create?
My dream is to own a home on the French Riviera just north of Cannes. I would design my home as a canvas to showcase items that would reflect a modern and eclectic lifestyle, which I would undoubtedly live if I were to reside in Europe. Thus, the interior would be white, bright with details reflecting local artisans in a classically cool Parisian manner yet also nodding to a Mediterranean lifestyle by directing your views outward towards the pedestrian streets and rolling landscapes.