Friday Five with Lauren Geremia

Bay area interior designer Lauren Geremia covers commercial, residential and event space design with her hands-on approach. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and brings that fine arts knowledge to all of her work, no matter the space. In 2011, Geremia was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in the field of Art & Design for her “funky, eclectic interiors.” You might remember that we recently mentioned a room she designed for the American Craft Council’s project called Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft as being one of our favorites, so it’s no surprise that this tastemaker was asked to curate an upcoming sale for  One Kings Lane beginning September 25th. Let’s see what keeps her creative sparks alive in this week’s Friday Five.

Photo by Stefan Gougherty

Photo by Stefan Gougherty

1. Ceramics
Working with clay is an activity I enjoy in my time off, to slow my mind down and relax. Through the process of working at the studio, I’ve started to understand what goes into making finished ceramic pieces, and I have an appreciation for the craft at a higher level. I met Stefan Gougherty in the studio and was excited about his skills and taste; I love the unusual form and rough finish of his wine goblets.


2. Herb & Dorothy
I was really touched by the extraordinary people in this documentary, who shared my interests of supporting artists who create impactful things. Herb and Dorothy didn’t have a huge budget, they were led by their passion and instincts to acquire one of the most impressive contemporary art collections. They made history by collecting pieces of it. This particular documentary defined my goal to invest extra income in art objects and people that I love.


3. Photography
Not only do I enjoy collecting photography and sharing my finds with art consulting clients, but it’s also the main medium that I use to communicate ideas. M+B Gallery and Higher Pictures are both galleries that show an incredible roster of contemporary photographers. One of my recent acquisitions is from a college friend of mine, David Sherry, and I’m so happy to have the piece.

Photo by Jaclyn Tobia

Photo by Jaclyn Tobia

4. Books
I feel very comfortable with the analogue format of books and magazines; I like to rip out images and pin them up when I’m designing. I buy books whenever I travel, and I reference them all the time for my work. Because I work in residences, restaurants, and offices, it’s fun to seek out resources that are unexpected for the given environment. Books can fuel inspiration in a less linear way.


5. Studio Olafur Eliasson
I take a lot of inspiration from the artist lifestyle, and the way artists create a physical path of evidence. Studio Olafur Eliasson has been a big inspiration for me this year in my lighting design projects. I love the studio’s experiments with color, form and light; their design experiments in my mind bridge art and design perfectly.

Lauren Geremia portrait by Molly Decoudreaux.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.