Design Q&A with Adam Hunter

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If you've ever wished you could make a complete change, take a cue from interior designer Adam Hunter. After ten years on Broadway — starring in Les Miserables, Ragtime, Lion King, and La Boheme — Adam Hunter left the Great White Way for the glamor of Hollywood, taking on a new role as interior designer. His first project in Tinseltown, the glamorous, modern and luxurious spa he designed for beauty maven Kate Somerville, drew raves. His modern, warm, clean style appeals to cllients like Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster, and Christina Hendricks. I submitted our questions to him; here's how he responded.

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

The London Hotel, in homage to my mentor, the great David Collins.

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

I like painting a small space a deep dramatic color, like charcoal or teal, and making it a moment. After a fabulous paint choice, I’d hit the fleas and find some great light fixture.

What is your favorite big box store, and do you have a favorite product?

I love the hardware from Anthropologie, and West Elm has some sexy side tables.

What five things would you put in a time capsule?

My Mason & Hamlin Grand Piano (would that fit?), my favorite baroque console table — it was a display table in the Chelsea Market and the first real piece of furniture I bought with my first real paycheck from Les Mis; Bai 5 pear juice; Lululemon shorts; and Henry Cavill (I’d make him fit!).

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

The future! Where starships look like floating Apple stores. Or the 20s! People really knew how to throw a party then.

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

Megan Horney (Adam Hunter Senior Designer), and my two doxies, Sophie and Mac.

What is your best tip for throwing an impromptu party at home for friends?

A seasonal themed specialty cocktail like a watermelon tequila in the summer or a fig sidecar in the fall. And singing show tunes. That’s always a hit.

What’s your biggest design or home related indulgence?

Art art art.

What is your favorite home from a movie or tv show?

SJP’s closet in Sex and The City.

What do you love most about LA?

When I first moved from Manhattan, I would ask Angelenos that question, and they would always answer "the weather". I was always underwhelmed by that response. When you ask the same question to a New Yorker, we'd say "The crowded subways! The bums on the street! The grit in the air!" Now, years later, my answer is the weather. I totally drank the Kool-Aid. And, it's really good Kool-Aid.


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