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

Hi Lacey, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Sourcing and purchasing authentic items matters to me the very most. Fake products are a huge problem in my industryWe are fiercely passionate when it comes to honoring authentic design and we support original design. DKMR represents some of the most iconic and recognizable product designs from European and American designers and brands within California & Arizona.  It’s the responsibility of committed parties to inform, educate and influence clients, design partners and collaborators on this issue in our industry.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

I founded my company in April of 2018. Our name definitely sets us apart from others. DKMR is an acronym for Don’t Kill My Rainbow Projects. I call our best, most fun and collaborative projects “perfect storms”. We just passed the 3 year mark! Many ups, downs and all arounds..but I am really proud how far we’ve come and what we have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. We are trusted and valued for our industry insights, knowledge and always try to recommend who and what would be best suited for a project and why.

I built my first career in New York City and let me be very clear about this..Los Angeles is not New York. If you can make it in Los Angeles…you can make it anywhere! Despite popular common L.A. stereotypes..not to say none of them are accurate, you have to really do the deep dive here and know yourself in order to develop an alter ego, which can help bridge the gap between where you are in life and who/where you want to be. I’m a firm believer that one’s alter ego can at the very least help assist in getting out of your own way to create space for who you strive to be.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is so hard since we are just coming out on the other side of the global pandemic situation. I am now based in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara so first I think we would have an early dinner at The Honor Bar in Beverly Hills and catch up. The following day we would head to our suite at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. It is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles and I just love the South Bay. If you haven’t ever been, it’s an oceanfront spot that has some of the most amazing views of the Pacific in the local area. My favorite thing about Terranea is it’s open to the public so it’s not tucked away hidden behind walls, etc or just private to guests only..it’s a place that is mostly inclusive to anyone which is very human and beautiful. I would take them to some of my go to places around the resort such as Pelican Cove and a visit to Wayfarers Chapel close by. The chapel was designed by Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s son in the late 1940’s and incorporates the natural landscape into the design. Lovely walks, some low key hiking and a well-curated picnic. Views for days, mystic glass chapel, towering redwoods..can’t really go wrongAfter our L.A. adventure we would take the scenic route and drive up to Santa Barbara for wine tasting and beach strolling.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes! There are many family members, past colleagues, clients, business partners and a handful of extremely loyal friends who have all helped me tremendously along the way. My success is honestly the direct result of a vast network that I’ve been building and nurturing for many years. A network is extremely valuable and things do tend to come full circle if you’re aligned.

DKMR Projects would have never started the way it did if it weren’t for working at MASHstudios based in Los Angeles with Bernard Brucha and Barbara Hass prior. I am grateful to both of them and have enjoyed how my relationships have evolved over time with each of them. I knew I loved furniture and that I was good at what I was doing then, but I didn’t know the extent of what could be created until that period of my life came to an end. The fire was there and I was ready to do something that was all my own.

Website: https://www.dkmr.co/

Instagram: @dkmrprojects

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lacey-l-bb604b5

Image Credits
David Gonzalez, Kai Lechner, Uhuru Design, Bulo, Gärsnäs, Carl Hansen & Søn, Giles Miller Studio, Anthom Design House and GRID System.

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