Los Angeles-based interior designer Laura Muller is open about sleeping with her contractor. He is, after all, her husband, Cliff. Together the two are co-principals at Four Point Design Build, a practice they opened 10 years ago. In conversation, Muller’s passion for honoring her clients is evident as is her ardent belief in the power of brand collaborations and the importance of designing for happiness. During our conversation, we learn how growing up in the theater has served Muller well, how, as a single mother of three kids with special needs, she created a home that functioned for all, and how morning rituals and daily reconciliation creates joy and peace. Find out more about this talented and resilient woman at her website, www.fourpointdesignbuild.com.
In his keynote speech live from the Designer Experience, interior designer and soon-to-be author, Corey Damen Jenkins, shared his method and tips for safe proofing self-esteem during especially trying times. Outlining specific ways to maintain both financial and energy reserves, stave off the urge to make debilitating comparisons, and steer clear of social viruses, Jenkins reassures us, by way of the immortal words of John Lennon, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
Wherever he went, from small town Missouri to Florida’s burgeoning Gulf Coast, interior designer Dwayne Bergmann’s vivid imagination, life skills and work ethic carried him along each step of the way. Now seven years into owning his own design firm, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors, and on the verge of opening up an eponymous showroom in Naples, Fla., Bergmann looks back fondly and gratefully at all the opportunities given and taken – equestrian competitions, leadership training and his first unintended editorial spread – and is crystal clear about his firm’s five-year plan and the love he has for his family.
Jenna Gaidusek has always been interested in interior design, starting with rearranging her own room at age six. Now in Gainesville, Fla.—she’s moved about a dozen times across five states—Gaidusek initially sought camaraderie and community among her fellow e-interior designers by creating a Facebook group in 2018. That has since evolved into eDesign Tribe, a platform that offers designers a wide range of services, including rendering software and the recent launch of small-group mentoring. Gaidusek recently spoke to Designers Today’s Andrea Lillo about the company, how she believes the pandemic will change design and her personal style.
Born in Oahu, Hawaii, interior designer Jarrett Yoshida grew up on anthurium and sugar cane farms. Today in Brooklyn, he is nurturing his interior design business, his garden, a long-distance relationship, real estate investments and more. In our conversation we discuss his cure-all compost, philanthropy, the COVID-19 pause and how he sustains his firm remotely. Jarret also openly shares his opinions on hiring employees, technology as a crutch and self-doubt.