Portrait of David Desmond
Over the past 19 years, David Desmond has designed the interiors of several of the world’s most iconic estate properties. His work includes repeat collaborations with noted architects on such projects as a late 1950s Miesian glass house on Honolulu’s Maunalua Bay, an 18th-century style French château and gardens atop an 18-acre promontory overlooking San Francisco Bay, a white brick Colonial Revival house on Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood, and a concrete and glass beach house in Southern California inspired by Donald Judd’s minimalist sculpture.

In classical Rome, a genius loci was the protective spirit that makes a house a home. In collaboration with his clients, Desmond discovers the beauty, harmony, and truth of each project, and thereby conjures its contemporary genius loci. Except for a rigorous attention to detail there is no signature, set style.

Desmond has a passion for design. He is involved in all of the aesthetic choices of each project. He does not delegate design to associates or assistants. Working closely with clients, architects, landscape designers, artists and artisans, he develops interiors that are a unique synthesis of many art forms, wholes consisting of more than the sum of their parts. In the parlance of fashion, the standard is not ready-to-wear; it is couture.

Raised in Massachusetts, Desmond graduated cum laude from Williams College with a degree in French, and subsequently studied design at the Ecole supérieure d’arts graphiques Penninghen in Paris. As a young man he briefly changed course, moved to Los Angeles and obtained a law degree from UCLA. Practicing law by day, his passion for the decorative arts led him back to UCLA, where he studied architecture and interior design. Desmond launched his firm in 2000. He is a member of the Leaders of Design Council and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.