Designer Profile: Elena Calabrese

Bring the breezy Bay Area dreamscape into your own space with pieces consigned by designer Elena Calabrese. From benches to tables, these pieces combine natural, earthy tones with elevated designs to create a luxurious look that credits the California style.

What inspired this career path for you? 
After a decade in the fashion industry designing accessories for large companies and remodeling my first home, I fell in love with interior design. I went to CCA (art school) for undergraduate and continued on to Berkeley’s Interior Design program to gain the skills needed to switch careers.

What is your go-to source for inspiration? 
If I can’t travel, probably Pinterest and my foreign design magazines. I especially love ones from Italy, France, and South Africa.

Tell us about your creative process. 
Usually I get a pretty clear sense of what directions the design should go in by either the client and/or space itself. My most favorite projects are ones where I come into the team in the beginning of the process. I love collaborating with architects, artisans, and clients, and doing a project from the studs to the last accessory!

Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Laid-back modern, natural chic, does that make sense 😉

What’s a staple in your tool kit? 
Anything metallic, fabric, leathers, anything with a little glam pop to it. That combined with natural elements is really what I love. It’s a California sensibility; outdoors are hugely important in the interiors that I love.

Who do you look up to in the design world? 
Kelly Wearstler and Jean-Louis Deniot

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I want to design a hotel somewhere really spectacular, or a fabulous second home in the mountains or beach. Not sure for whom, but someone who is funky, rock and roll, and edgy. Mic Jagger would be nice.

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote
I like the K.I.S.S. theory: “keep it simple stupid”.

What do you love about Viyet?
I love vintage, so it’s one of the reasons I love Viyet, and I also like to repurpose a good design. I do love to find Milo Baughman pieces and recover them in an amazing fabric. The blue velvet club chair was done for American Craft Council in collaboration in one of their “Make Room for Modern Craft” rooms along with Revitaliste. I love the silhouette of the chair with the channel upholstery. The Zinc textiles fabric is amazing and so “Studio 54”!

Shop Elena’s favorite picks on Viyet!

www.elenacalabrese.com

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