Q&A with Lauren Geremia

Name: Lauren Geremia
Resides in: Emeryville, California
Occupation: Interior designer at Geremia Design
Best known for: Creating the whimsical installations and hip interiors for many of San Francisco's tech start-ups. Check out some of Geremia's recent residential projects here.

1. Antique or modern?

50/50.

2. City or country?
70/30.

3. Which colors do you use most?
Right now, it's orange.

4. Favorite materials or textures?
I have a soft spot for ceramics, and porcelain in particular. I spend a lot of time watching videos of people throwing pottery before I fall asleep.

5. What is your favorite interior design–related word?
Purge.

6. Does your home look like the one you grew up in?
Absolutely not.

7. Does a room need a view?
It's a welcome bonus.

8. Favorite designer or architect?
John Pawson and Joseph Dirand are current inspirations for space, light, and material ideas.

9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
1stdibs has been a great resource for me to find and shop from stores I would have never discovered otherwise; I have enjoyed meeting vendors from all over the world through the site.

10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
Flexibility and functionality.

11. What is a forbidden word in your house?
I wish there were one, but we are pretty open people.

12. Design rule you like to break?
I am not sure there are many rules anymore.

13. What is your favorite room in the house?
The shower.

14. What is your most treasured possession?
My books.

15. What do you wish you could do without?
My clothes.

16. What are you afraid to DIY?
I like coming up with creative ideas and engaging relevant artists to implement them. I think it's a better structure for success. I am really bad with tools.

17. Have you ever had a change of heart about an object or a style?
Of course!

18. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
I once saw pictures of Willem de Kooning's home/studio in an old Architectural Digest, and it has stuck with me through the years as an inspiration for my own live/work space. I like the concept of merging one's personal life and one's life work through design, decoration, and furnishing.

19. On what movie set would you like to live?
2001: A Space Odyssey, but only for a few months.

20. What is your favorite design errand or journey?
Gallery or studio visits. Selecting art for my clients is very satisfying.

21. To which country would you move for the design?
Japan.

22. What's your favorite hotel?
Amangiri [in Utah].

23. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
A pair of boots.

24. What does "accessible home design" mean to you?
Available and easy.


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