If you looked up the definition of California cool, one name would populate: Nina Freudenberger. The founder and principal designer of Freudenberger Design Studio has been instrumental in shaping the hip LA aesthetic long before it was a buzzword. But that doesn’t mean her design is one-note, in fact, quite the opposite. Freudenberger has an uncanny ability to fuse print and pattern in varied hues that still feel minimal and neutral. Take her best-selling rug collection for Lulu & Georgia. Inspired by the women of the Bauhaus movement, the rugs feature bold, geometric patterns in a muted palette of blues, browns, and mahogany that feels modern and sophisticated.
When she’s not designing stylish spaces, Freudenberger is traveling the world photographing spaces for her design books. Her previous titles Surf Shack and Bibliostyle were both best-sellers and she’s currently working on her third tome called Mountain Homes. So, you can only imagine our delight when we caught up with the designer recently to learn more about her career, design philosophy, tips, and her top five design pieces she’s loving right now.