Designer Profile: Christopher Kennedy

Since founding his firm in 2005, Christopher Kennedy has emerged as one of the nation’s freshest voices in home furnishings and interior design. Christopher combines vintage and contemporary sensibilities to create spaces that are layered, livable, and inviting.

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What inspired this career path for you? I wanted to be an architect since I was about seven years old. I was drawing  floor plans and elevations by the time I was nine, and that is when my father gave
me my first book on Frank Lloyd Wright. I finished architecture school, but decided  to focus on interiors instead, getting my first job at Steve Chase Associates when I moved to Palm Springs.

 

What is your go-to source for inspiration? Palm Springs, which luckily is where I live! The midcentury architecture and plethora of vintage furniture stores are a constant source of inspiration. When I get burned out or stressed out, I go for a hike in the famed Indian Canyons. The natural beauty of the California Desert always recharges my spirit and creativity.

 

Tell us about your creative process. I start with the furniture plan. It’s critical to get a proper space plan and make the rooms “work”.  After that, I go to fabrics and hard surfaces. I get excited about fabric textures and patterns, and the materiality of stones and tiles.

 

Describe your style in 6 words or less. Exuberant California modernism meets jet-set nostalgia.
What’s a staple in your tool kit? The David Chair & Ottoman from my furniture line. It’s named for my other half, and quite comfortable.

 

Who do you look up to in the design world? My all-time style icon is David Hicks.

 

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? Jacqueline Onassis, in the late 1970s, her living and dining rooms.

 

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. Design changes lives!

 

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? I love all the Hearst publications. Also, Traditional Home, Dwell, and California Homes.

 

What do you love about Viyet? It combines the best features of some other online sources, without any of the drawbacks. I also love that there are high-end vintage pieces combined with more affordable options. The “make an offer” feature is unique and gives you the exhilaration that you get with other auction sites. Basically, it’s just fun!

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