I had a wonderful time at the Hollywood Reporter party at Spago recently with my good friend and unbelievable AD100 designer, Waldo Fernandez. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago commemorated its 30th birthday with a top-to-bottom redo of its storied Beverly Hills flagship by Waldo.
Read more about Waldo’s incredible design career:
Cuban born Waldo Fernandez attended private Catholic schools until his family relocated to New York, where as a teenager, Fernandez was encouraged by his family to explore his passion for design and love of the arts.
Waldo soon left New York for life in Los Angeles. He quickly enrolled in school to study architecture and design at UCLA. Soon thereafter, Waldo was hired by Walter Scott, as an assistant set designer for 20th Century Fox. His set designs included furniture commissions, which caught on immediately, giving Waldo the
recognition that changed his life.
Waldo found himself traveling to Europe in search of fine antiques to fill his first showroom, which was opened in 1974. His first major interior design job was for film director John Schlessinger. The exposure to the entertainment industry lead Waldo’s career to a celebrity clientele.
For Waldo, the home is the essence of one’s inner-self. He believes that creating one’s sense of style is very much told by the manner in which one lives.
Waldo’s Design has been open at the Almont Drive location for more than 28 years. His firm includes a staff of architectural and interior designers. Waldo’s Design also carries a reproduction furniture line, which continually keeps evolving Fernandez’s creativity.