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.
Most visited blogs, websites? :
I practice self discipline. This particular addiction is one to proceed with caution.
What apps do you use the most and why?
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
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
Some Like it Hot
The Odd Couple
The Big Lebowski
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
La La Land
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Romancing the Stone
Which artists working today do you admire most?
What are some of your tv top tips right now?
It's not frequent. But when the opportunity presents itself, I happily embrace:
Who are you following?
I live and drive in Los Angeles. Whoever invented podcasts deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.
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.
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.
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.