Founder / designer / flea market scavenger / indigo dyer / traveler / supporter of all things local
Originally from Chile / Fluent in Spanish
Sarah Lawrence College / Bachelor of Arts
SCI-arc / Masters of Architecture
2015 Visual Merchandising Conference Speaker - Panama City, Panama
I am the founder of Verdego Design, LLC. For the past 17 years I been working with clients to define and bring to life a unique sensibility across retail, commercial and residential design. After finishing architecture school 18 years ago, I soon realized that I didn’t want to do architecture in the traditional way. I’d studied photography and worked in the fashion industry in NYC and Barcelona before moving to Los Angeles to study architecture, and I was determined to find a way that allowed me to merge my passion for both fashion and architecture. I love to discover new and unique items and experiences. When I travel, I am always wandering into stores – seeing what’s there, seeing what’s new, and seeing what’s different. Through this pattern of exploration and discovery, I experience not only the stores but also the lifestyle and culture of their community. This process of examination inspires me to create unique as well as authentic spaces that tell a story.
Junior Partner / Designer / Collector / Yerba mate addict
Angeleno native / Fluent in LA traffic
University of Oregon - B.S. Journalism & Communications + Minor Business / Florence University of the Arts - Fashion Marketing / Otis College of Art & Design - Interior Architecture
My background in branding and the arts brought me to the world of architecture with a perspective that every inch of a space must be purposeful and leave a lasting impression. Consumer research and museum curating have lead me to design spaces that put human need and practicality at the forefront of all design. My goal is to create aesthetically pleasing spaces that take people out of themselves and immersed them in the present.
Consultant / Interior Designer / Artist
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bachelor of Fine art Tufts University
Interior Design Degree FiDM
From a young age I have loved making floor plans, furniture layouts, and elaborate drawings for theatric performances. This passion led me to study art Tufts and the Museum School of Fine Art, where I created installations and performances in New York and Boston. These pieces were recognized as unique in their ability to tell a strong narrative and transport the viewer to a different place.
Living in New York, I began expanding from temporary installations to applying the same craft and narrative technique to designing more permanent objects, including trays, table tops, and textiles. In moving to LA I fully committed to creating beautiful environments and have worked in the design industry for the last 13 years designing textiles, wallpaper and some furnishings.
Today I continue to create and show my original artwork, and the dialogue between art and design continues to grow.
Furniture designer / Steel fabricator
Matthew is a Venice, CA based maker who builds furniture and furnishings from metal, wood, leather and anything else he can get his hands on. After years of liberal arts studies and several posts teaching overseas, he started a career in fabrication. In 2010 he founded Deterfabrik, a boutique fabrication studio aimed at interior designers and discerning homeowners
Office mascot / Catahoula Leopard dog