Describe the Aker Interiors aesthetic. Is there a common thread between all the spaces you design?
The million-dollar question! I’d describe the true aesthetic of Aker Interiors as natural, organic, contemporary, eclectic, artful and sometimes historical. Is that too many descriptive words?! I have a deep love of old spaces with history, which is why I’m so drawn to the historic lofts in Downtown LA (where I live and where our showroom is located). I love the contrast that’s achieved by bringing contemporary furniture into an old, raw, often crumbling space.
I live in a 1912 building and our (almost completed) showroom is in a 1925 building that still has the original concrete, brick, and 1” thick maple hardwood floors – which speaks to what I think is the common thread in all of the spaces I design, namely a reverence for what’s real and natural and an appreciation for the imperfect. I find no joy in the lifeless white boxes that keep popping up around every corner. I think the other common thread in my work is an eclectic mix. Clients always want my help defining exactly what their style is and narrowing it down to one particular thing, but often, they’re drawn to multiple styles so I say let’s mix them all! An eclectic mix is what I think translates each client’s unique personality into their space.