Design Q&A with Jeff Andrews

Design Q&A with Jeff Andrews

Abby Stone
May 17, 2013

Though his clients may be high-profile (the entire Kardashian clan, Ryan Seascrest, Michael C. Hall, America Ferrera), Jeff Andrews is, like the interiors he designs, very low-key. Perhaps it's a by-product of his former life —  as a choregrapher — but his knack for taking dramatic ideas and distilling them into their most livable components, rich with texture and layers of color, is his most recognizable signature.    

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

The Chris Burden street lamp installation at LACMA: “Urban Light”.

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

Paint and thrift store mirrors. 

Tell us a little bit about your window for LCDQ's (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event? (Jeff's designs can be seen in the window of Downtown.)

The window is a portal into a 1960s vision of the future, a la Victor Vasarely. Comprised of broken, layered canvases in the artist’s signature style, it’s a futuristic vision of the time signifying the impact bold pattern has had on design. It is literally a window inspired by the past yet looking to the future. (Inspiration image attached!) 

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).

An iPhone, a piece of Adam Silverman pottery, an exposed filament light bulb, a magazine with any Kardashian on the cover, a Restoration Hardware catalog

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

The 1940s.

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

My iPod!

What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests?

A good cabernet, chardonnay, champagne, vodka... and some cashews.   Basically a well-stocked bar!

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

Candles – mostly Le Labo, Diptyque, and Astier de Villatte.

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

Kim Basinger’s apartment in L.A. Confidential.

What do you love most about LA?

The casual lifestyle.

What’s your favorite cheap design trick or tip?

Fresh flowers in vintage vases.

To learn more about Jeff and see more of his work, click here; you can already read the long interview I did with him here. To learn more about the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends of La Cienega event, click here.  

(Images: Jeff Andrews)

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