A native of Scotland, via New York, June now resides in California. Specializing in high-end boutique hotels and residence, she draws inspiration from the location of the project — the local culture, history and geography — to create unique and personalized spaces. The best example of this? The Caribbean island home she designed for her client Sir Richard Branson, the epitome of a tropical getaway!
What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles?
I have four: the Disney Concert Hall, Union station, Griffith observatory, and The Lautner house.
Let’s pretend you have $400 to update a 250 square foot space, how do you spend it?
Paint first, then pillows.
Tell us a little bit about your window of LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of LaCienega event? (June will be designing the window of Off The Wall Antiques)
I was reading a very intriguing book about the making of the Periodic Table called Periodic Tales when I realized that these findings are what shaped our society and what it produced, e.g. in the 50's, neon was discovered and we all know about that, and about chromium and what that did! Each discovery opens up new arenas like molded plastics or certain fabrics. Future mining in free Earth elements that will make up screens and lasers and be part of all of the smart products will shape future design. Looking back at the past, Gold, which was amongt the first elements, was a great shaper of both ornaments and nations. This year’s concept was quite a leap over time, and I found this subject was a great underlying common denominator throughout the ages.
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)
A timepiece, photos, small oil painting, matches and a candle.
What period of history would you most like to have lived in?
What would you bring with you if you were time traveling?
Like all travels, my pillow!
What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests?
Flight bags containing everything they might need (toothbrush, lotion, eyeshades). Plus bottled water for bedside and, of course, a good bottle of wine!
What’s your biggest design or home-related indulgence?
Articulated floors and ceilings.
What’s your favorite home from a movie or tv show?
What do you love most about LA?
The light, the sunshine and product availability. And those Beverly Hills palm tree-lined streets, or other area palms, at twilight.
What’s your favorite cheap design trick or tip?
For more about June, click here; for more about The LCDQ Legends of LaCienega event, click here.
(Image: June Scott)