Living Boldly

“My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms, and how to mix old with new.” David Hicks

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Divine Symmetry

Photo: Vartivar Jaklian via the New York Times
An Italian Palladian Villa by Architect Andrea Palladio (1551) .

JKA Design admires the clarity, order, and symmetry of Palladian architecture. The European style was derived from and inspired by the designs of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580). Palladio felt that structures should be governed by reason and the principles of classical antiquity. The style drew on the Greek and Roman temples of the gods and goddesses. Palladian architecture continued until the end of the 18th century and can be found throughout Europe, Britain, Ireland, and the United States. Design elements include columns, pediments, scallop shells, masks, and terms.

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Albert Frey House II (1964)

When JKA Design wants to escape foggy San Francisco, we travel to Palm’ Springs’ desert. We love its juxtaposition of the ridiculous with the sublime. The mid-century mecca features the iconic architecture of Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and John Lautner. Designers Arthur Elrod, Hal Broderick, and Steve Chase created visionary interiors. Beyond these design gems, there is Palm Springs itself with its intense sunshine, starry nights and playful atmosphere. It’s hard to get stressed out with poolside cocktails!

These are some of our favorite buildings that populate the desert topography.

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Located in a 1920’s Renaissance Revival gem, the legacy of Julia Morgan infuses the office of JKA Design. Morgan built and designed the two-story house on Polk Street for one of her most valued woodworkers, Jules Suppo as a live-work space. Inspired by the history of the building, the JKA team endeavors to create classic interiors seen through a modern lens.