Design Q&A with Karina Oldemans

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Finnish-born, French-educated, LA living, Karina Oldemans combines the practicality of the first, the sophistication of the second and the imagination of the third for timeless, classic interiors with a modern sensibility.

What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles?
I love the Getty Villa in Malibu. The serenity of the gardens and the Greek and Roman antiquities keep me going back. It is truly magical in the early morning fog. And recreating a first century Roman villa is very LA.

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

I would spend the whole $400 on one great print, like one by Andy Warhol.

Tell us a little bit about your window for LCDQ's (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event? (Karina's design will be in the window of Tufenkian.)

My theme is “Homage to Tony Duquette”. Who better to embody timeless design than him!

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).

Five things I would put in a time capsule: my iPad, a contact lens, a credit card, a Nespresso machine with a pod and a bottle of Cote de Nuits Romanee Conti. I hope my spirit will be there when they open the capsule and try to figure them out.

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

The period in history I would most like to live in is either right now or a hundred years from now.

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

If I were time traveling, I would bring with me my family and friends.

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

The five things I would recommend keeping in hand for unexpected guests are a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, caviar, chocolate truffles, fresh flowers and a warm welcome.

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

My biggest design related indulgence was attending the opening night Gala dinner at Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris in 2010.

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

My favorite home from a movie is the villa in Italy in Come September. I was a teenager in Finland when I saw the movie and still dream of owning it one day.

What do you love most about LA?

What I love most about LA is that it is LA!

What’s your favorite cheap design trick or tip?

My favorite cheap design tip is just the right amount of lighting. Lighting has a huge impact on the ambience of a room.

To learn more about Karina and see more of her work, click here. To learn more about the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends of La Cienega event, which begins May 7th in Los Angeles, click here.

(Image: Karina Oldemans)

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