Featured Designer | Kati Curtis

Design has always been a part of Kati Curtis’s life — she practically grew up shadowing her general contractor father and architect uncle on construction sites. This experience perhaps gave Katie a sixth sense when it comes to working with clients. Her brilliant work translates her client’s aspirations and experiences to create a perfect oasis in their home that truly expresses who they are.  With antique carpets and printed fabrics as a staple in her tool kit, a distinct global influence is also seen throughout her designs. We caught up with the designer to learn more about her inspirations and influences. Here’s what she had to say.

Viyet: What inspired this career path for you?   

Kati: You could say that design is in my blood. My dad is a general contractor and my uncle is an architect, so I grew up on construction sites. My dad designed and built our home with his own two hands. I was there with him working on floor plans, picking out materials, etc. so it was ingrained in me at an early age! I saw the transformation – and gained a real understanding of the meaning of design and what an impact it can make, when it made such an impact on my own life so early on. 

Viyet: Tell us about your creative process.   

Kati: I’m usually inspired by our clients’ travels along with the architecture of the home. Proportion and function are really important to me – it has to be useful and appropriate for the space – but also must be beautiful and have meaning!

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My style in six words or less “Classic with a global influence.”

Viyet: Who do you look up to in the design world?  

Kati: There are a number of designers and styles both historically and currently I draw inspiration from. I have so many peers in the design world who I admire, and while I take cues from their work, my work is distinctly my own and is a combination of many influences.

Viyet: If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?  

Kati: I would design a retreat in the Hollywood hills for a world traveler. We recently opened a Los Angeles office and are expanding further into California!

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Viyet: Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote.   

Kati: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Viyet: Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique backstories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.?   

Kati: I have consigned many items in Viyet and I hope they end up with someone who loves them as much as I do! Everything we select for a project has meaning, purpose and beauty. Some of our custom pieces are super-special to me as they are specific to a certain space, but at the same time could work anywhere.

Viyet: What do you love about Viyet?  

Kati: That I can find unique pieces for my clients that I know are quality made. I also know that when our clients relocate, we can find good homes for the well-loved items they may not have use for in their new homes. Spaces are much more interesting when unique and previously-loved items are used, rather than cookie-cutter starting from scratch each time.  Viyet allows us to do that on both sides of the project spectrum!

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Shop Kati’s favorite Viyet pieces:

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Row 1: Vintage Sofa, Stripe Leather Rug, Napoleon Chair, Outdoor Lounge Chair

Row 2: Sofa, Oriental Rug, Velvet Sofa, Zoey Chair

Row 3: Throw Pillows, Salon Chairs, Coffee Table, Silk Pillow 

Row 4: Kidney Coffee Table, Vintage Coffee Table, Bar Stools, Morpho Emperor Peleides Print

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About the Designer:

Kati Curtis founded her company Kati Curtis Designs in 2005 after 12 years of working in international architecture.  Kati has been featured in many different magazines including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The Huffington Post, Refinery 29, and many more.

See more of Kati’s work: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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