Celebrating 10 Years of Convo By Design Live from the West Hollywood Design District | 436 | Soho House Design’s Candace Hickman

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design with the third installment from a live event at the Soho House studio in West Hollywood, California. Candace Hickman of Soho House Design has has followed a really interesting path along the way to a 15+ year career in hospitality design, from boutique restaurants in Hong Kong, to flagship properties for Soho House & Co.

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I met Candace in the living room of the Soho House – Melrose studio, a building that has some serious design history after serving as home base for Rose Tarlow in the West Hollywood Design District. The building itself deserves mention for a few reasons. It is the only showroom of its kind that I know of in the design districts of Los Angeles with an A-Frame built into the architecture placing windows in want is similar to a central atrium allowing for natural light to flood the space. This makes the showroom bright during the day and moody at night allowing designers and clients alike to see the furnishings in different types of light and space. The Soho House line is create, unique and designed to foster conversation and silent enjoyment alike. Candace and I sat to talk about this and other topics on an afternoon in May when Soho House so generously offered to host the Convo By Design 10th anniversary party. An event for a small, incredible group of industry insiders, designers and architects, most of which who have appeared on the show. The event was also sponsored by SoCal Design Magazine, Southern California’s premier design publication.

In 2005 Candace was approached by Soho House to lead design for the Soho House Hong Kong development, given her established prominence in the Hong Kong interior design world. Relocating to Soho House’s New York design studio, she became established as the Design Director for North America, soon completing her first project at Little Beach House, in Malibu.

Candace has since led interior design for seven Soho House properties, each project noteworthy for its crafted references to locale. Significant examples include Dumbo House – a club space perched above the historic Empire Stores building in Brooklyn, NY – and Soho Warehouse at the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles – an adaptive reuse of a former warehouse, to a 40-bedroom hotel compound. As Lead Designer, Candace has liaised directly with high-profile private clients, bringing Soho House design nuance to their personal residences. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times and Elle Décor as well as others. We talk about this and so much more, right after this.

I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Soho Home for hosting this event, thank you Candace for making the time to speak with me. Thank you to all the amazing designers, architects, insiders and publicists who came out to celebrate with me. Thank you to my sponsor partners, ThermaSol, Moya Living, Design Hardware  for your continued support, I greatly appreciate you. And thank you for listening, subscribing and downloading the show. My goal is continue bringing you the stories behind sublime design as well as a podcast that allows those in the industry to up your design game through inspiration, information and opportunity. Until next week, be well and take today first. -CXD

Suzanne Rheinstein | Celebration of Life, Style and Elegant Civility

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design. Suzanne Rheinstein, a giant in the industry has left us but not without changing both the nature of interior design but the way in which interior design is experienced by those for whom she crafted. 

Suzanne was one of those rare talents who had a signature through-line in her work that has been described as “elegant civility” which was a pulled-focus on fewer, but better. A level of quality that was exceptional but not overpowering which allowed those for whom she worked to experience the different levels of her work, not necessarily all at once but over time. It is the same way other pleasure past-times like wine, art and music are experienced and enjoyed. Rheinstein was a major talent with all of the awards and accolades that you would expect. Her work, like Suzanne, was elegant and timeless. 

I wanted to share some of her wit, charm and stories, in her own voice and words from an interview n 2019 at the LaCienega Design Quarter’s Legends event where she was presented with her Living Legend Award.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return. Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci.

3 Master Designers Who Break the Rules and Why You Should Too | 404 | featuring Mary McDonald, Suzanne Kassler and Thomas O’Brien

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design. Today, another look back at a fun and fantastic panel conversation from past design celebrations. This one, from La Cienega Design Quarters Legends 2019…

This conversation was recorded LIVE at the Circa Lighting showroom on La Cienega Blvd in 2019 . Here was the write up for it in the press materials… As any great designer will tell you, so of the best projects begin by throwing everything you think you know right out the window. Joanna Salz, Editorial Director of House Beautiful, gets three rule-defining designers, @MaryMcDonaldInc  @SuzanneKasler  @AEROStudios to admit some of their biggest challenges, their hardest earned triumphs , and those moments when, against all odds, they created some of their most spectacular work.

As someone who creates, produces and moderates panels, I can tell you first hand how hard it can be to try and craft a panel concept that hasn’t already been done a thousand times or is just another ho-hum idea. This concept was genius and one that I will try to riff off in the future. It was beautifully done and very well executed. Just for fun, I’m including the talk-up from the original episode.

Thank you Mary, Suzanne, Thomas and Joanna. Excellent work. Thank you LCDQ for allowing Convo By Design to present these incredible talks. Thank you CXD sponsors and partners, ThermaSol, Article Furniture, York Wallcoverings, Moya Living and Franz Viegener for your continued support. Of course, thank you for downloading, subscribing and listening to the show. Thank you for the emails of support and the guest submissions. I love them and it has allowed me to find some amazing talent to showcase. Please remember why you do what you do and for whom you do it. Designers, architects, artists, product designers, showroom managers, publicists, magazine editors, publishers, set decorators and everyone else that makes our industry stronger by the day, this show is for you. That’s why I do it. Thanks for listening. Be well, and take today first.