Lauren Geremia, the designer of 815 Tennessee’s head-turning interiors, recently spoke with us about her work history, processes, and inspirations. Whether or not you are one of the residents of these condos in Dogpatch, we hope you will feel inspired by the care, attention, and skill that went into making 815 Tennessee such an exciting new project.
1.What did you study while you were at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and how did your time there inform your artistic sensibility?
I studied painting at RISD. RISD introduced me to a world of creative people. I really loved being around artists talking and critiquing design and supporting one another to pursue an artistic career. I’ve continued to make connections from this community to my clients whenever possible, as my classmates have produced incredible work.
2. As a designer, what time periods or architectural styles do you find most inspiring?
My style preferences change, depending on the project I’m working on, my travels, or what I’m seeing. I’ve spent a lot of time in Downtown LA recently for a project and have experienced a lot of art deco inspiration.
3. What did you learn in the process of designing spaces for companies like Instagram, Hightail, and Dropbox?
The pace at which Silicon Valley moves through trends, leases, and priorities can be challenging. I needed to design around an amorphous set of priorities, which has its challenges regarding staffing but has been very rewarding.
4. Do you work with artists and galleries to find unique pieces for your projects?
Yes, of course. Researching the art market and scene is a professional and social hobby of mine. Building a community close to me, so that I know what’s being produced and shared locally, is important.
5. Do you approach business and residential projects differently in terms of aesthetics or functionality?
My initial approach to commercial projects and residential projects has overarching similarities. I design with the intent to create curated and imaginative spaces that will also meet the client’s functional needs. However, when it comes down to the details, the thought process is tailored to the individual project. A residential project is much more specific to the homeowner and their lifestyle, whereas an office or restaurant has a very different set of considerations to take into account.
6. How does the architecture of 815 Tennessee impact your vision for its interiors?
815 Tennessee’s architecture has a great balance of old and new. The original brick facade vs. the modern interiors was a great way for us to integrate the idea of blending vintage pieces and new designs that have been created by artistic craftsmen. This design practice is something I enjoy incorporating into new construction projects, and the architecture of this particular site really lent itself to this vision.
7. What features of 815 Tennessee—finishes, details, proportions—inspired your choices for the interiors?
The high ceilings and clean finishes were a great jumping-off point. They allowed us to create a narrative of furniture and lighting that felt sophisticated and artisanal. Plus, the scale of each room lets our art and accessories selections enhance existing details to make each room feel unique and welcoming.