“Rules are made to be broken. Especially, in the world of design.”
Kristen Buckingham LLC brings a distinctly fresh take to designing interiors, putting tasteful personality back into the home and imparting a more comfortable sense of scale to even the largest of spaces. Often looking to the past for inspiration, KB’s artisanal approach to interior design is apparent in every project. Her design philosophy is influenced in part by Albert Hadley’s idea of chic suitability. While every space feels both effortless and polished, each room is actually conceived through careful planning and composition. The result is a fusion of modern and traditional elements—creating a timeless and harmonious balance. The design firm is dedicated to interpreting the clients’ vision, aspirations and lifestyle to create inspired interiors that resonate with their personalities and sensibilities. Focusing on an open, pure and free sense of design allows her team to collaborate with the client in creating elegant, lasting and livable environments.
After many years of creating custom pieces for design clients, KB launched KB Bespoke in 2010, an eponymous line of furniture and lighting. Each piece reflects the artistic integrity and fine attention to detail for which KB is known. The line is comprised of unique pieces with a modern aesthetic firmly grounded in the traditional.
The KB shop is located in the legendary La Cienega Design Quarter of Los Angeles. Flagship to KB Bespoke along with a curated mix of antique and vintage furniture selections, art, accessories, textiles and lighting.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- I find inspiration all around me when I travel, perhaps in sipping coffee at the George V Paris or taking in the views from The Lodge at Koele or basking in the rich architectural history at the Hotel Firenze.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- My iPhone.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Everywhere. My eyes are always scanning the world for details. Zinio is not bad either. I have a lot of foreign magazine subscriptions that I look at regularly.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Dominick's in LA.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- The Guggenheim will always hold a special place in my heart.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- In bed while my hubby makes the coffee.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- Way too many to name. I love and appreciate so many people past and present. If I have to choose one right now I would say Albert Hadley.
- How do you keep it all together?
- Excellent staff, looking at my calendar hourly, and the realization that I won't always keep it all together… and that's ok.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Groomed generally, but each style has it's place.