We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kim, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have what I like to think of as a pretty healthy relationship with Risk. I know her well. I know she’s related to both Success and Failure. The thing about Risk, for me, is that I feel like it is an absolute necessity to anything we do. Literally, you are taking a risk by driving to work, by going on a first date, by having a baby, by changing your job, by selling your Dungeons and Dragons collection on eBay. I do not hesitate around the concept of Risk and am not sold on the outcomes because I am seasoned enough to know that once you jump in it can lead you to places you didn’t expect. Thus Success and Failure are almost the same. That said, taking that initial step into the unknown will require some work. I gather information 360 degrees around the situation and find people and articles and data and ask questions. I speak to people involved. I speak to my trusted friends for a gut check. I often reverse engineer: “Well, if I don’t do it… then what would happen?” I also look for serendipity — if there’s a lot of arrows pointing in that direction, I will give it a great deal of weight. I don’t often rush into anything; I like to sleep on big decisions. Take a walk; get in nature. So by the time I take that Risk, I am ready for whatever she hits me with. I jump in saying some version of, “Whatever happens you will deal with it. One step at a time. Each problem presented you will figure it out.”

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our design firm is unique in that we come from an authentically artistic base with solid building experience. We are obsessed with looking for the newest craftspeople and trends for our projects. Covid provided an unexpected opportunity for us to go to smaller makers on our continent so we could meet deadlines and opened our eyes to so many awesome people.. Experience like ours means that creativity finds solutions and I’m really proud of that. A home purchase is perhaps the most expensive investment a person can make and with our home development success we help guide clients’ design with the future in mind.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve lived in Venice longer than anywhere in my life. You have to go to Chulita and Josh’s place on Rose. Take a bike north to Temescal without headphones so you can hear everything and be a part of the ride and the Venice vibe. I also love Charcoal on Washington Blvd and you’ll find me laughing and shopping at Vintage Venice on Abbott Kinney. I love me a hotel lobby to sit and sip. Venice needs a new one, but I’ll bike over to the Marina and sit in the hotels on the water.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so lucky to have Mauricio Suarez as my partner in life and in our business. His grounded level head and ability to decipher my brain is unparalleled and our magic sauce created this life. Alexandria Abramian has been with me early on helping fine tune my message and brand. My design staff of course!!! Julia DeMarco and Stephanie Espandola have revolutionized my designs and created processes that make for seamless communication, which I’ve suffered with. And, of course, Tatiana Pavlova Coleman for being the mistress of money as our Controller.

Website: KimGordonDesigns.com

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Image Credits
Dining room with pink chairs: Tyler Hogan All other home shots by Brandon Arant Montana Showroom by Lauren Pressey

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