Mandy Graham

 
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Los Angeles based designer, Mandy Graham's artistry lies within the details. Illustrating a body of work that embraces both the ornate and minimal, the designer's interiors and furniture collections communicate an aesthetic that is both timeless and sophisticated. With every project, Graham interprets an artful knowledge that is uniquely personal to her client and their home. All of which amounts to the soul behind the environment she defines and the artistry within her work.
Graham has been selected in the recent Beta Plus publication, GENERATION NEXT, featuring twenty of the most promising architects and designers defining tomorrow.


What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

I'm all over the map in this department. I recently embraced Eve Babitz and her intriguing memoirs capturing the cultural milieu of Los Angeles. City of Thieves by David Benioff gave new meaning to a dozen eggs. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple was strangely close to home given my personal obsession with architecture/design. Finally, I have a mini crush on Malcom Gladwell. Let's just leave it at that.

Forever favorites:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

I practice self discipline. This particular addiction is one to proceed with caution.

Interior Design Addict
The Cool Hunter
Ebay
1st Dibs
The Skimm
Surface
Eater
Pinterest

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What apps do you use the most and why?

Podcasts
Spotify
NPR One
Flipboard
Instagram (design related)
Redfin
Waze

Whats currently on your playlist?

My all time favorites:

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads
Where Is My Mind by Pixies
Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground
Cool It Down by The Velvet Underground
Haunted When The Minutes Drag by Love and Rockets
I Can Change by LCD Soundsystem
A Real Hero by College, Electric Youth
Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
Karma Police by Radiohead
Bones by Radiohead
Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelin
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp by Led Zeppelin
That’s The Way by Led Zeppelin
The Wind by Cat Stevens
Play With Fire by The Rolling Stones
Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
Queen Of The Surface Streets by DeVotchKa
Bossa Roma by Gypsy Jazz Caravan
Barcelona by Giulia Y Los Tellarini

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What records would you recommend to hear?

I require music (always) and never tire of Jazz. Outside of that, I'm pleased to announce my recent finds:

Lost On You by LP (obsessed)
Harlem River by Kevin Morby
Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens
Mug Museum by Cate le Bon

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Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

If I could have dinner with two fictional characters. Mary Poppins and "The Dude" are without a doubt my guests of honor. Each of the films below are noteworthy favorites.

Vicky Christina Barcelona
Annie Hall
Manhattan
Funny Girl
Some Like it Hot
The Odd Couple
LA Story
The Big Lebowski
Mary Poppins
The Count of Monte Cristo
Rushmore
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
La La Land
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Intouchables
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Romancing the Stone

I own one handbag. And on its last day I buy the same all over again, Givenchy (Pandora).

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel

The others:
Candida Höfer
Jasper Carlberg
John Pawson
Olivier Dwek
Joseph Dirand
Nicolas Schuybroek
Vincent Van Duysen
Gilles & Boissier

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

It's not frequent. But when the opportunity presents itself, I happily embrace:

Arrested Development
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Frasier
Seinfeld
Stranger Things
Weeds

When self discipline goes out the window:
Game of Thrones
Outlander

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Who are you following?

I live and drive in Los Angeles. Whoever invented podcasts deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR
Planet Money from NPR
Hidden Brain from NPR
Revisionist History by Malcom Gladwell
The Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Desert Island Discs from BBC Radio

What tools do you use in your work?

Being a furniture designer, I'm embarrassed to not list a set of actual tools. Outside of my creative brain, here are the essentials:

Tape measures (lots of them). Either God has a sense of humor or a project much larger than mine.
Drafting board, triangular scale, pencil etc.
Sharpie fine point pens
Bialetti stove top coffee maker

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

This question feels like a measure of my intelligence.

W Magazine
AD Magazine
Vanity Fair
Surface
Vogue Living

What are your favorite gadgets?

Santa Maria Novella is a pharmacy and my second home. The list of essentials is long. Starting with the potpourri.

My kitchen: Michel Bras knives, Mauviel copper and Max Lamb crockery.
My home: William Katavolos for sitting and taxidermy for the walls.

My wardrobe:
I own one handbag. And on its last day I buy the same all over again, Givenchy (Pandora).
A baseball cap (always).
Every wardrobe worth owning requires a classic trench coat, Chuck Taylor high tops and a forever timepiece.

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