The Future of California Home Design Is Thriving in Los Angeles

Meet some of the state’s best designers.

As Los Angeles continues to incubate some of the West Coast best home design talents, Architectural Digest recently identified eight local creatives that are helping carve the future of California design. Here are few standouts:

Block Shop

“’We’re a family business on both sides of production,’ says Lily Stockman, who cofounded her hit textiles line with sister Hopie and works with five family-run studios in India to realize their hand block–printed patterns. After starting with graphic scarves in 2013, Block Shop has expanded into a home collection that includes pillows, bedding, rugs, and, debuting this spring, fabric by the yard. Marked by eye-popping geometric motifs and sunny SoCal palettes, it’s all on display at their new Atwater Village showroom, which is filled with pieces by, among other friends, Waka Waka.”

Mark Gagnon

“Working in the offices of Gaetano Pesce and Frank Gehry taught Matt Gagnon, as he reflects, “the value of thinking about design across all scales, materials, and fabrication methods.” A self-described tinkerer, the Lincoln Heights–based designer has created furnishings for Nike; a series of stacked light totems that have made their way into Peter Marino boutiques for Chanel and Vuitton; and, most recently, a 65-foot-long, illuminated, interactive map of the solar system for NASA’s Deep Space Network facility at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. ‘I think about objects in terms of architecture,’ he says of his approach, ‘specifically how objects occupy, shape, and transform a physical space.’”


“David Godshall and Alain Peauroi founded this landscape-design firm with a simple premise. ‘We wanted to create projects that are about ideas and philosophy—gardens as an expression of culture,’ explains Godshall, who oversees the company’s L.A. operation in Echo Park while Peauroi directs the San Francisco office. In the span of five short years, Terremoto has become one of the most sought-after landscape practices in California, with recent projects spanning the Platform Park in Culver City and private residences, among them a Whitley Heights backyard garden and projects by Emily Farnham and Frances Merrill. A master plan for a spa complex in Desert Hot Springs is just one of many jobs on the boards.”

Check out the full list here.

Images courtesy of Block Shop, Matt Gagnon Studio, and Terremoto.

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