Designer Profile: Angela Free

There’s an ethereal quality to Angela Free’s work. Inspired by the silvery-grey light of San Francisco, Angela Free’s interiors are lustrous and quiet. Following an international career in fashion, Free translated her sense of classic elegance and global experiences into interior design, luanching her eponymous firm in 2001.




What inspired this career path for you? I have made many international personal moves in very diverse settings [from Tokyo to London], and I have a strong desire to create warm and thoughtful homes in each. I am also inspired by my fashion heritage [from having a prior career as a fashion design executive], and I was influenced by my exposure to different cultures and ways of living. I love architecture, art, materials, quality, and gorgeous objects.

What is your go-to source for inspiration? Creative musing, travel, design books, pinning on Pinterest.

Tell us about your creative process. It is always all about the client – the client guides the way – it is not about me. I have respect for architecture – it is always considered first.

Describe your style in 6 words or fewer. Always a mix…understated elan, bold luxury, tailored perfection

What’s a staple in your tool kit? A mix of materials first and foremost – fabric, leather, stone, wood, metal. There’s also dressmaker details and crisp tailoring.

Who do you look up to in the design world? The all-time greats – Jean-Michel Frank, Frances Elkins, Julia Morgan, Billy Baldwin, Coco Chanel.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? An open-minded eclectic traveler with a diverse and bold sensitivity, who has a profound love for and is inspired by objects, art, textiles, pattern, color, texture, and materials.

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. Coco Chanel once noted, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is no luxury”.

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? Pinterest

What do you love about Viyet? It addresses a challenge which comes up on most design projects – what to do with the old to make way for the new… it is void in the marketplace.

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