Kriste Michelini’s design story is a fun one and a story I can relate to 100%. In many ways it is a story we can all relate to in one way or the other. We find our passion early on in life but not until later in life do we jump in with both feet. Kriste is proof that once you do jump in you can excel at it and bring passion and drive. Kriste is a force with how she creates art with every project. Trust me in the design industry consistency is something that you need to survive.
As I talked to Kriste she was exact on what she liked and what she drew her influences from. I praised her use of shades of colors that I had never seen before but that just looked amazing when used with her décor choices. We also shared a common feeling that digital media was reshaping the game of design. Unlike many designers Kriste is up for the challenge.
I heard that StumbleUpon an exploding tech company is shopping for a designer for their San Francisco office. This would be the perfect fit for Kriste because she knows a little goes a long way and to me her design work is timeless. Now sit back with your cup of coffee and enjoy my interview with Kriste Michelini.
What manufacturer would you love to partner with and why?
Baker. Their quality is impeccable and would make wonderful heirlooms to future generations.
How is the San Francisco design scene developing and who are you impressed by?
I love all the artisans and craftspeople throughout the SF Bay Area that we work with us and bring projects to life – it could be a metal worker, concrete fabricator, artist, etc. It truly is a collaborative effort on all our projects.
How important is balance and simplicity to your work?
Extremely. I definitely prefer the motto less is more. We want to make sure we keep the room on the sparser side and not have many layers but pieces that count.
What design book(s) do you have on your book shelf?
If you had three magazines to take on a trip which would they be?
What is a design motto you and your firm live by?
We want to create fresh and modern interiors that are timeless that reflect how our clients really live.
What is your first step in selecting a new client?
We interview each other to make sure it is a good fit. We have a design questionnaire, discuss budget and process and then we go from there…
How do you like to send your downtime?
I love running, Pilates, hiking and hanging out with my family and friends and of course good food and wine:)
How important is eco-friendly to you?
We like to repurpose when we can as well as source green products when it makes sense.
What trend so you see happening in 2017 in the design world?
Smart technology being used throughout homes to make them more efficient and green.
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