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Richard has applied his clean-lined, elegant spin to residential and commercial projects spanning hi-rise condos, stylish lofts, lavish estates, extravagant vacation homes and upscale corporate offices around the globe. His spaces convey readily apparent moods with effortless flow: he favors textural upholstery and rugs, well-appointed accessories, and art. “My approach toward design is much like my personality: easygoing, fun, uncomplicated,” he says. “Aesthetics and functionality are key, and the design should be long-lasting.”
Richard has more than two decades of design experience. He joined Cantoni in 2001, and frequently draws inspiration from our company’s ever-evolving portfolio. “I’m literally surrounded by great design every day,” he says. He applies his excitement toward creating unique spaces that are a reflection of his clients’ personalities. “I work to understand their tastes, needs, how they live and what they are passionate about, and translate these into beautiful surroundings that inspire them,” he says. “I love bringing their visions to life.”
An LA native and father of three, Richard loves a good reason to don one of his Hugo Boss suits and a tie. “I don’t get to wear them often, but when I do, it’s a treat,” he says, adding that nothing is more exciting than a visit to a museum or theatrical production. “The visual aspect, set design, storyline, emotion – it helps me stay creative and inspired.”
Get to know Richard:
What’s your favorite libation?
A great glass of cabernet.
Where do you like to go to get away?
New York City for the energy, excitement and creativity. Hawaii for the rest and relaxation.
How do you describe your design style?
Simple, clean, and just the right amount of sophistication.
What do you do with your downtime?
Practice yoga, which keeps me centered and focused, and spend time with my wife and children.
What’s your favorite cuisine?
Mexican. I could eat it every day.