James has applied his calculated approach to landscape, furniture, fashion, product and interior design for more than three decades. Leaning on mathematic principles, he solves spatial challenges in meticulously planned spaces that also are clean-lined and color conscious. “I place a strong importance on the awareness of and use of space,” he says. “I believe that intentional design is good design.”
An LA native, James holds several degrees in art, music and design, along with fashion and product design. A longtime furniture crafter—he is a talented woodworker in his own right—and a former landscape architect, clients have continuously sought James for his advice on interiors. They find him to be outgoing, witty and to have a good sense of humor. “I love meeting new and interesting people, and creating a home reflective of their lifestyle,” he says. “Each space is a puzzle, and I find it a rewarding challenge to fit all of the pieces together.”
When he isn’t designing minimalistic, contemporary spaces, James can be found building furniture or sketching—he isn’t afraid of a detailed hand drawing. Or, you’ll find him volunteering with nonprofit organizations Heal the Bay and Stand Up to Cancer.
Get to know James:
What’s your go-to cocktail?
A Rye Manhattan, up with a twist.
Which design era most suits you?
Who are your design icons?
Le Corbusier, Joseph Eichler, Kunio Maekawa, Gustav Klimt and Yves Saint Laurent.
Do you have an inspirational quote you live by?
Go big or go home.
Where do you find inspiration?
In my daughter, Jensen.