Interview with Aaron Hom : design elements


Interview with Aaron Hom

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“The most important design elements? Form, palette, scale, really good light and soul!”

Aaron Hom

I love the work of California-based Aaron Hom and I had to share my interview with him. Aaron Hom is on the top of my imaginary list of favorite stylists. Wonderful work. Beautiful photos. Enjoy!

How would you describe your style?

My style is sort of California Modern with a twist. Clean and modern.

What inspired you to get into styling?

I really fell into styling. Prior to that I was a floral and event designer in LA with clients like Anjelica Houston and Lauren Bacall. That was 20 years ago.

How did you get your first assignment?

My first job was with the wonderful Northern California garden company Smith & Hawken. It was a blind interview. I got the job.

Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then styling the interiors?

Hmm, I guess it would be to always trust my instincts.

Is there a designer that has influenced you?

Of course. Charles and Ray Eames, Michael Taylor, Christian Liagre, Ron Mann, Vincente Wolf, really there are so many…

Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?

It is never the same. It could be anything from a vintage Saarinen table to a flower from my garden.

How do you achieve a good scale?  Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

Yes, it is. I am a self taught stylist. So I trust my eye and instincts to tell me what looks good and interesting when it comes to scale. I like things to be a little off. To challenge ones eye.

What do you enjoy most in your work?

The creative process and working with other creative people. But mostly making beauty!

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Movies, food, nature and more movies! I grew up in LA and have always loved going to movies.

Who are your favorite artists?

Dekooning, Picasso, Klee, Matisse, modern, modern, modern. Too many to list really.

Your favorite books?

Don’t know if I have favorites. I love mysteries. Love design books. Spiritual books. Ok I guess I would have to say my favorite is the Tales of the City series because it made me want to move to San Francisco, which I did.

What does success mean to you?

Professionally? To be happy and productive in my work. And to bring more beauty into this world.

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

Form, palette, scale and really good light and soul!

photos: 1 Marius Chira, 2-9 Aaron Hom


10 Kommentare zu “Interview with Aaron Hom”

  1. Manuela am 25.06.2012 um 06:18 Uhr 

    Great work! I totally get why this man is a sucessfull one. I love the answers he gives on each and every question! Thanks for some really, really, really wonderful inspiration!!! Thanks for all your interviews, Maria. Your blog is the best!!!

  2. Ann am 25.06.2012 um 06:50 Uhr 

    His works are gorgeous no wonder he has impressive list of clients… nice interview.

  3. PureLivingInteriors am 25.06.2012 um 09:49 Uhr 

    I’ve already seen ome of the spaces he styled before, but didn’t now that it was he. Really amazing work, he’s doing. Very, very inspirational!

    So, thank you for sharing this wonderful interview here.
    Have a lovely week, Maria!

  4. homestilo am 25.06.2012 um 14:33 Uhr 

    He really does “make beauty” and makes it well!

  5. Dawn {The Alternative Wife} am 25.06.2012 um 16:40 Uhr 

    I would love for him to come style my apartment! He’s so talented! :) xoxo

  6. Tim H. am 25.06.2012 um 16:51 Uhr 

    great work!

  7. Tereza am 25.06.2012 um 18:06 Uhr 

    Oh, lie is perfect, maria!
    Love his “quote” and agree with him 100%.
    Have a blessed new week.

  8. Mary Jo am 25.06.2012 um 20:40 Uhr 

    Love his style, of course I’m biased being a southern californian–it’s right up my alley. I like everything he has to say though about design; to me it feels accessible with a good eye, which is what comfort and beauty is all about. So glad you interviewed him!

    xo mary jo

  9. classiq am 26.06.2012 um 15:03 Uhr 

    Love his style and the blue room is gorgeous! And those film posters…it’s obvious he is very into movies. Thank you for another interesting interview, Maria. :)

  10. cabbagerose am 26.06.2012 um 15:53 Uhr 

    aaron hom has it going on! his work draws me in…soul…that’s what it is…soul. thanks for sharing, maria. hugs and good wishes. xx

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