Friday Five With Proem Studio

Proem Studio is a Los Angeles-based interior design studio founded in 2017 by Ashley Drost and Marie Trohman. The studio translates Ashley and Marie’s respective backgrounds in styling, art and set design into residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Los Angeles and New York. Proem approaches all of their projects as the beginning of a new story for each client, the “proem” of a book, the introduction to a new chapter. While striving to create fresh, timeless spaces that improve with age, the duo also wants to create design that is approachable, functional and highly personalized. A commitment to detail, quality products, support of local makers and the use of vintage finds takes that aesthetic a long way. Today Ashley and Marie are joining us for Friday Five!

terracotta tile

Photo via Forance Brioni

1. Handmade Terra Cotta Tiles
We love using handmade tiles in our projects for their subtle color variation and organic quality. Handmade tile has an appealing and human quality that almost seems to tell its own tale. Every imperfection becomes a story.

2. Ceramics
If there is one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s ceramic vessels – bowls, vases and sculptures of all shapes and kinds, especially handmade pottery. There are so many talented ceramic artists in Los Angeles. Some of our favorites are Heather Rosenman and LGS Studio.

3. Amangiri Resort
Amangiri is on our must-visit list once travel becomes part of our lives again. It’s a serene luxury resort located in Canyon Point, Utah with truly jaw-dropping views. The resort was designed to complement its rugged backdrop. The cement buildings were dyed to match the sandstone rock of the Utah plateaus, so Amangiri is a hidden paradise in the desert.

4. Italian Lighting
The Italians do it best when it comes to lighting. We use a lot of Italian-designed fixtures in our work, especially designs produced in the 1950s. The lighting created during this decade embodies the sleek, stylish profiles that typify Italian design.


Photo via Calico

5. Wallpaper
To us, wallpaper never really went out of style, so it’s fun to see it having such a moment right now. Designs today have gotten so unique and interesting. You can find anything from hand painted custom murals to bold graphics, and classic European prints.  Right now, we are loving wallpaper designs by Calico, Klaus Haapaniemi, Morris & Co., and Porter Teleo.

Work by Proem Studio:


living space

17th Street, New York City

dining area

Yale Avenue

Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.