Clients: Maria Shriver; Richard Riordan
With more than 20 years’ experience and a meticulous eye for detail, David Phoenix is famed for designing classic modern houses with a laid-back West Coast vibe — rooms that are polished but never precious. “It’s possible to live casually and have a sense of elegance,” he says. Despite being known for his high-quality traditional aesthetic, Phoenix, who lives in Bel Air and is “single and available,” notes that there’s more to a home than craftsman finishes.
“I’m not just a traditionalist. People in L.A. need functional, sexy spaces — places to gather and have great conversation,” he says. When it comes to hunter-gathering, Phoenix, whose next project is The Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, advises: “Buy what you love. Furniture is like a boyfriend — if you want it, you’ll find room for it.”
Obsession: “Luxurious E. Braun or Pratesi sheets at the end of a long day.”