Wendy Haworth, the founder of LA based Wendy Haworth Design Inc., specializes in residential and commercial interior and product design. She designs custom interiors with a collected feel that reflects the personality and vision of her clients.
What inspired this career path for you?Â My Barbie Dolls. As a kid, I spent hours laying out giant floor plans and furniture arrangements for them, usually as a built-on addition to the Barbie Dream House, as chic as it was. I was unconcerned with actually playing with them in these houses, but just loved constantly redoing them.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?Â I love vintage books and magazines. It gives me a nice starting-off point and hopefully keeps things trend-free. I love reinventing things from the past and translating them into the present. I feel if it still looks good from today’s point of view, it’s probably going to have longevity. I also love foreign shelter magazines to get a perspective that’s a little further away from Los Angeles.
Tell us about your creative process.Â First, I want to know as much as I can about a client/home/restaurant concept.Â Then, it’s looking at as many places as possible for inspiration: books, magazines, art, and museums. I like spaces to be a unique reflection of the client and/or experience.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.Â It’s impossible to answer without sounding self-absorbed.Â Hopefully timeless, unpredictable, and authentic.
What are the biggest trends you see in interior design right now and what are you loving (and not loving)?Â I feel like everything is a trend these days with the Internet. It’s so easy to find several examples of the same thing when you’re online.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?Â Pinterest â€“ I’m a late Pinterest adapter, but now I’m it’s biggest fan. It’s the best way to save images/products and ideas, and organize by project.
Who do you look up to in the design world?Â Eileen Gray and Charlotte Perriand: two extremely talented women who flourished in the male-dominated architecture/design world of their time.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?Â I don’t know who it is for, but it’s a boutique hotel on an island somewhere and I need to be there for 6 monthsâ€¦
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.Â â€œAll life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.â€ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?Â I’m a big fan of Remodelista
What do you love about Viyet?Â Overall, Viyet is a genius idea. It’s such an easy way to find great quality pieces quickly. I also love that I finally have a place to sell items that my clients no longer need, but are still in great condition.