Alex P White is an artist and interior designer based in NY and LA. Known for his unconventional and provocative style, Alex assures his clients a highly personal experience with an emphasis on collaboration, curation, and bespoke services. Shop his pieces on Viyet now!
What inspired this career path for you?
It’s been a rather circuitous journey. My training is in fine art, sculpture, and performance. I was making environments for performances, actions, and events, so it was a natural progression to interiors. Sometimes it feels like not much has changed except the audience.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
You will most often find me buried in a pile of vintage design books. I have a huge library.
Tell us about your creative process.
Research and material palette is where every project starts. I collect a large pool of imagery and establish a shared language with the client very early on in the process. It helps the client refine their eye, their focus, and understand their needs and goals for the project. I find the rest of the process just falls into place and evolves organically from there.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Always evolving and striving for the unexpected.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
My laser tape measure, my phone, and my sketchbook.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
I’m constantly researching design history, and my interests shift quite a bit depending on what I’m working on and who I’m working with. Right now I’m really inspired by Robert Mallet-Stevens’ moody brand of Art Deco and his version of the Wiener Werkstätte, or total work of art.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I’d love to do a beach house for Stevie Nicks in 1979.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I’m very fond of RUM magazine, particularly the international edition.
What inspired you to consign your items with Viyet?
My client was ready for a change. The focus of their collection has shifted over the years to mainly contemporary art and design, and some pieces from their extensive vintage collection, including some killer custom pieces I designed, weren’t working in the mix any longer. I was looking for a low-risk alternative to deaccession my clients’ collection, and Viyet has no start-up fees and makes it a very easy process to set up; so it was a no-brainer for me to come to Viyet.
What do you love about Viyet?
How easy and seamless the process is for both the buyer and the seller.
What piece is most important to you — and why?
I designed a sexy De Sede inspired sofa for my newest project that I’m really proud of — it’s unexpected and familiar at the same time. Past, present, and future collide in this piece, and that’s always important for me.
What piece have you had the longest — and is there an interesting story behind it?
I acquired an early prototype from R and Company of Jeff Zimmerman’s Vertical Vine Light Sculpture for my client. Going on a decade now, they are still intensely in love with it, and it’s been a real pleasure to see Jeff’s work take off and know that I had some small part in that.