Born in San Francisco, and with his interior design business firmly grounded in Palm Springs, Christopher Kennedy knows all about west coast design sensibilities and indeed embodies them in both work and character.
His designs frequently utilize white – whether in the form of white paint on walls or as furnishings and accents – it offers a modern and timeless foundation to build upon. It’s from this base that his tropical, sunny and vibrant aesthetic is able to shine. Employing saturated colors, modern and abstract art, he builds worlds that are at once carefree and vivacious, displaying true Californian confidence. Christopher’s work has been published in multiple design publications and he is the author of two books – Making Midcentury Modern and California Modern – both titles offering insight into his design expertise and branch of specialty.
He notes Palm Springs, where he is based, as a mainstay for inspiration – the easy glamour and effortless beauty offer an ambiance to endeavor to replicate in his work – and it’s quality which quickly makes itself apparent as an observer to his cohesive body of work.
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Describe your design aesthetic in a few words.
Jet Set Modernism meets California Glamour
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
The sense of history and patina; the palpable feeling of craftsmanship; an idea of artistry and longevity that is sadly lacking in our new “fast fashion” retail culture.
What inspires you?
Palm Springs: the incredibly beautiful landscape; the midcentury architecture; afternoons in the pool, draperies blowing in the breeze, and the relaxed resort ethos. I also love looking at the old photographs of celebrities on holiday in Palm Springs. They were beautiful and glamorous…and in Palm Springs, they were on vacation. They have a sense of ease and style about them that you don’t see in photos from other locales. That idea of beauty and glamour — combined with easy-ness and real-ness — is something that I strive for in all the projects and products that I design.
What can you never have too much of?
White paint and good champagne.
If you could design for a fictional character who would it be and why?
“A golden state of mind” describes Christopher Kennedy’s philosophy towards interior design and life. With a belief that surroundings should inspire, and that good design impacts our lives for the better, Christopher creates interiors and products that are refreshingly exuberant. Combining Jet Set nostalgia with California modernism, Christopher’s work has been featured in Dwell, California Home + Design, Luxe, California Homes, Traditional Home, and The Los Angeles Times.
From his base in Palm Springs, this prolific designer also creates an eponymous furniture line, candles, bedding, artwork for Wendover, and pottery for Habitudes. He is the author of two books: California Modern and Making Midcentury Modern.
Each year, for Modernism Week, Kennedy spearheads The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House, Palm Springs’ only decorator showcase, which raises approximately $100,000 for preservation, scholarships, and neighborhoods in and around Palm Springs. Christopher was born in San Francisco and received his Bachelor of Architecture and MBA degrees from Drury University.