Design Q&A with Chuck Chewning

Design Q&A with Chuck Chewning

Abby Stone
May 6, 2013

One word. Donghia. Learning that Chuck Chewning is the storied design house's creative director pretty much tells you all you need to know. 

If your mind is still drawing a blank, understanding that Angelo Donghia defined the interior design vocabulary of the 70s and 80s — invitingly plump sofas and armchairs, textiles with intriguing multicolored patterns, glossy walls and ceilings — may put it in perspective. It's a look that still resonates today. 

What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles? 

Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra houses, and the art Deco moments in LA!

Let's pretend you have $400 to update a 250 square foot space — how do you spend it? 

First I would paint - it is the least expensive makeover with the most impact. Then I'd rearrange the layout and add loose furnishings, such as pillows and slipcovers, if needed!

Tell us a little bit about your window for LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event?  (Note: Chuck will be designing the window of Outside Downtown)

It pays homage to the 1970s legacy of Angelo Donghia.

What 5 things would you put in a time capsule? (Note: The theme of this year's LCDQ event is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design).

My camo pocket square, a photo of Beau, my golden doodle, a NY Times newspaper, a bottle of Hendrick's gin, and an Adele CD!

What period of history would you most like to have lived in? 

Mid to late 19th century. 

What would you bring with you if you were time traveling? 

A Camera, definitely!

What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests? Wine, cheese, salami, sparkling water, scented candles and fresh guest towels. 

What's your biggest design or home-related indulgence? 


What's your favorite home from a movie or tv show? 

Julianne Moore's house in Tom Ford's A Single Man.

What do you love most about LA? 

The weather. 

What's your favorite cheap design trick or tip? 


For more about Chuck, click here.  For more about the LCDQ, Legends of La Cienega Design event, including reservations, click here.

(Image: Chuck Chewning)

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