We had the good fortune of connecting with David Sheinkopf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in New York City. I grew about around artists and my mentor from the time I was 16 was a 60 year old man from Austria named Mikel Carvin. He was trained in many aspects of design and taught me my love for creating. In New York our clients were his for decades, we would do their 8 room apartment then, when they moved we would break it down and or recreate it for them as far as France. We did their children’s houses as well. We knew what to expect and to counter with extraordinary design. I brought that with me when I moved to California and started my own business. Satisfying my client was of utmost priority and getting to know them and what to expect was extremely important. In my twenties, I met an exceptional woodworker David Boyd that taught me how to build furniture and with that gave me another language. I was able to not just draw what I wanted but to build it as well. I believe the knowledge that was passed on to me shaped who I am today. I feel it is easier to speak to a tradesman when you know enough about their craft to speak their language.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love being creative. In my designs or any other aspect of my life. I realized a long time ago that one needs to have many lines over the boat to be successful. I learned that from the greatest man in my life, my father. If you only have one thing in life that drives you I commend it, but for me, it is always a combination of focus that makes me who I am. I tug at each line and see what comes up. Some folks don’t get that style but I need to be moving at all times. I have maintained an acting and hosting profession as well as a voiceover career, which keeps me busy when design jobs are in process. My brand is myself and always evolving like I am. It’s gathered force over the last 25 years and currently, my company Shein Design is currently executive producing and developing original content for television in the DIY realm. I believe that the most important part of anyone’s life, or career is their word, the way they attend to their clients and how they work with others regardless of industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is filled with beauty. I love to ride motorcycles and have a few to ride when friends are in town. I would take them for a ride along the coast. The beauty that is the Pacific is unrivaled by none. The wind and the salt air is good for the soul. I would stop at Malibu farms on the pier for the best burger I know or possibly Broad Street Oyster for an amazing lobster roll. I would take them on a secret path that overlooks the ocean and sit and talk there with a nice glass of wine and share stories. I would then take them over the hill to Agoura and hike the mountains. To take in everything that I love. Of course, We would dine at my favorite Mexican place, Plata. We would eat the best food and drink some fantastic margaritas. Then I would drive them downtown to a Los Angles tradition which is Phillipe’s home to the french dip sandwich. It has sawdust on the floor and has been around for over a hundred years. It’s casual but a perfect place to enjoy a piece of LA, I am not a fancy person but love good cuisine and history. And last but not least I think everyone has to eat at Mastro’s Ocean Club on the Coast or in Newport. The Steaks are out of hand!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to my father Barry Sheinkopf, a fine writer, a teacher, and publisher his work in the field is exemplary. www.fullcourtpress.com
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