We had the good fortune of connecting with Deric Schmidt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deric, how does your business help the community?
As an interior and exterior designer I know that the built environment impacts all of us in many ways. I provide beautiful and up lifting environments that embrace Universal and Sustainable Design practices and products. Addressing well-being in accordance with my client’s needs and desires through the vision of a healthy home and planet are my motivating principles which impact life continuously..
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I design residential interior / exteriors and executive offices. I take an integrated approach to creating interior spaces that flow out to the exterior space. I always include Eco-Friendly products and processes whenever possible as way of nurturing my clients well-being and our planets. I have been a pioneer promoting sustainable options to the interior design industry as a founder of the American Society of Interior Designers – Los Angeles chapter’s Sustainability Committee. A project that demonstrates my passion for what I do was being on the Design Review Committee for the Downtown Women’s Center in L.A. which is a LEED certified project that repurposed an old factory to serve and house the women’s homeless community in L.A. where I also designed the medical clinic incorporating art by local women artists. In fact, one of my “sustainable” methods is using local artists, artisans and manufacturers whenever possible including the original California “Plein Air” Impressionist painters which a style of art that I love and collect personally. Last year I produced an in depth Art and Architecture luncheon tour of the California Club in downtown L.A. for interior designers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: Eames House tour, lunch at The Ivy in Santa Monica, a bike ride at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, boat ride in Marina Del Rey with dinner at Gjelina on Abbott Kinney Day 2: Universal Studios with dinner afterwards at Musso and Franks in Hollywood. Tour Hollywood Blvd after dinner and see a movie at Gromans Chinese Theater. Day 3: Griffith park and Observatory tour, lunch at Palermo’s Italian restaurant, after lunch visit to Skylight Books, tour Hollyhock House, drinks and dinner at the Yamashiro Palace. Theater at the Pantages Theater. Day 4: Huntington Library all day with lunch in the chinese tea house. Dinner at True Food Kitchen and walk Old Town Pasadena. Day 5: Stars House Tours in Beverly Hills with walking tour of downtown B.H., Lunch at The Farm, tour Greystone Mansion and Robinson Gardens, Dinner at The Grill on the Ally or Madeo’s. Theater at the Annenberg Theater. Day 6: Disneyland Day 7: Tour Downtown LA districts: Little Italy, China Town, Little Tokyo, Olvera Street, Arts District, Bunker HIll…. Eat at Grand Central Market for lunch with dinner at Spire 73 roof top.
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Sustainable Furnishings Council
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