A Q&A with Trip Haenisch
The L.A.-based interior designer answers our Proustian questionnaire
Name: Trip Haenisch
Occupation: Interior Designer
Resides in: Los Angeles
Best known for: Modern-classic style infused with a relaxed, distinctly West Coast point of view
1. Antique or modern?
2. City or country?
3. Which colors do you use most in your design?
Off white, dove gray and beige with pops of color.
4. What are your favorite materials or textures?
Raw oak and linen velvets.
5. What is your favorite interior design-related word or phrase?
6. Does your current home look like the one you grew up in?
No, not even close.
7. Does a room need a view?
Its nice but not necessary.
8. Who is your favorite designer or architect?
9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
When the room feels inviting and comforting. I like when it’s easy on the eyes and there's a mix of different materials and interesting collected objects.
11. What is a forbidden word in your house?
12. Name one design rule you love to break?
There are no rules.
13. What is your favorite room in the house?
14. What is your most treasured possession?
A photograph of my son when he was five by Herb Ritts.
15. What do you wish you could do without?
Sleep because there’s so much to do.
16. How does West Coast design differ from East Coast design? Does it?
East Coasters seem to value collecting more and they buy better quality items. West Coasters have larger spaces to fill so the quality is not always as great but people on the west coast are also more open to experimentation.
17. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Glass House by Philip Johnson.
18. On what movie set would you like to live and why?
The set of American Gigolo has always appealed to me. Richard Gere’s apartment was styled in such a sexy and timeless way.
19. To which city or country would you move for the design?
20. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
A swinging chair—it’s both functional and fun.