• Geo Louis

A FEW WAYS THIS LA DESIGNER TRANSFORMED HIS ART DECO INTERIOR INTO A BEAUTIFUL ATELIER



Atelier k is a place where you come to be inspired, collaborate, and design. Jazz age geometric papers, silver-leafed ceilings, vintage black and white photography of classic cars, along with art from European travels adorn the walls.


Always in search of inspiration and knowledge for my own projects I recently met with Kenneth Boyer, owner of Atelier k, for some incite on how he coordinated this wonderful space and luxury design business he started as a collaboration among a select few designers and artists. See what Kenneth shares with me below.


I thought about what it would be like to be living in the 1930’s as an Interior designer moving into the place as the first tenant. I wanted to pay tribute to the stunning architecture of the times. During the renovation, I resurfaced all the walls, and ceilings. The original moldings in the sitting room are so spectacular in the deco fashion, I used them as inspiration when detailing the other rooms at our atelier. All the moldings and doors are in high-gloss white. Several furnishings I have custom designed for the interior.



I have always loved bringing people together. A workspace that also functioned as a place for special events was an important variable during the design process. I create warm, inviting interiors that people will remember and enjoy. Silk adorned walls surround a piano room where we have hosted parties for our friends, and the design industry.



Having fun with textures: I sourced a monochromatic 3D wallpaper of bottles designed by Elitis, in the hallway leading into our kitchen. It’s unexpected, bold and demands attention. It also makes for great conversation among guests. Masculine grey and white mini houndstooth roman shades in one room balance the softness of the ivory banana palm leaf silk woven drapes in the sitting room. The delicate balance of texture is what makes a space refined, and dynamic.


The importance of lighting: I won a national lighting design award in my college days and also gained experience working on theater productions.  When it came to specifying lighting, I have several layers providing both form and function. I have pieces from Degué, and Muller Frères, lighting designers and French glassmakers of the Deco Era. I also incorporated a brass and satin nickel deco Billiard light in our workroom hanging above an oak trestle table.


A beautiful mix of antiques is on show at Kenneth’s atelier with an extensive material and sample library that houses top designer collections of today. All the elements come together contributing to a wonderfully inspiring collaborative space.



Photographers: Krista Perez | Amy Benton

Designer: Kenneth Boyer

Website: www.atelierkla.com