Designer Profile: Kati Curtis

Kati Curtis founded Kati Curtis Design in 2005 after over 12 years of working in international architecture, and engineering firms on both the east and west coasts. Kati Curtis stewards projects to LEED certification by combining her knowledge and skills of the certification process, with her passionate belief in sustainability.




What inspired this career path for you? You could say that design is in my blood. My dad is a general contractor and my uncle is an architect, so I grew up on construction sites. My dad designed and built our home with his own two hands. I was there with him working on floor plans, picking out materials, etc. so it was ingrained in me at an early age! I saw the transformation – and gained a real understanding of the meaning of design and what an impact it can make, when it made such an impact on my own life so early on.

What is your go-to source for inspiration? I live to travel and experience different cultures, so I would say that travel is the main inspiration for me. You’ll notice a distinctly global influence in my interiors.

Tell us about your creative process. I’m usually inspired by our clients’ travels along with the architecture of the home. Proportion and function are really important to me – it has to be useful and appropriate for the space – but also must be beautiful and have meaning!

Describe your style in 6 words or less. Classic with a global influence.

What’s a staple in your tool kit? Antique carpets and printed fabrics.

Who do you look up to in the design world? There are a number of designers and styles both historically and currently which I draw inspiration from. I have so many peers in the design world whom I admire, and while I take cues from their work, my work is distinctly my own and is a combination of many influences.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? I would design a retreat in the Hollywood Hills for a world traveler. We recently opened a Los Angeles office and are expanding further into California!

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.  “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? I’d rather travel to another country or be out in nature to be inspired. Most magazines and TV shows these days I find to be more about celebrity or DIY and less about good design. I’m more interested in beautiful spaces!

What do you love about Viyet? That I can find unique pieces for my clients that I know are quality-made. I also know that when our clients relocate, we can find good homes for the well-loved items they may not have use for in their new homes. Spaces are much more interesting when unique and previously loved items are used, rather than cookie-cutter starting from scratch each time. Viyet allows us to do that on both sides of the project spectrum!

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