Instagram: @maison.ko is my work, @davidsamuelko is my personal.
Location: Los Angeles
Astrological Sign: Aries sun, Scorpio moon, Taurus rising
Book that changed your life: Zen And the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
Beauty product (or treatment) that changed your skin: Microneedling and custom prescription cream from Dr. Nancy Samolitis
Podcast you can’t stop listening to: More Than One Thing with Athena Calderone
Instagram account you love to follow: @somewheremagazine
Have you ever met someone who was truly born to do what they do? That’s David Ko, founder of interior design firm Maison Ko to a T. His natural talent for blending interior design with fashion has attracted some high profile clients (he’s part of the team behind Hilary Duff’s gorgeous Beverly Hills remodel!) and for good reason. With his charming and stylish designs, he’s definitely one to watch. We got the chance to chat with David about having fun with design, his approach to beauty and style, and how he keeps his skin looking so good.
I got into interior design pretty unintentionally honestly. I always loved decorating my room and house, and my parents’ friends would have me help them with their Christmas decorations and stuff like that. When I went to college, I would make sure my dorm rooms were in tip-top shape, then same with future apartments. But I was never exposed to “interior design” and no one I knew had an interior designer. I had the knack for it, more so, it was something I just loved to do, but I didn’t think of it as a career path. The summer after college, I had difficulty finding a job and a friend that was working for a design firm asked if I had any interest in meeting with the designers and helping with a few upcoming projects. I met with the designers and flash forward: I worked for them for almost three years. There I learned the ins and outs of the industry and was able to wear so many different hats and work on a variety of projects. I was also able to find my own style and appreciation for design. Upon my departure, I had a stint at another design firm and after that I began building my own clientele for small projects. After that, I decided to take a leap of faith and start Maison Ko.
When designing a space, I like to think of it like you would putting together an outfit. You’re working with different shapes, textures, colors, and layers — one just so happens to involve a 50 lb chair! With that in mind, I like to push the envelope a little bit when it comes to how all of those elements come together. Just like my style, I want to be forward thinking and ahead of the trends. I also aim to try and get my clients to not feel so tied to furniture for their entire life, and to be a little more open to the idea of cycling out pieces. Just like you would invest in a new Chanel bag for a new season, why can’t you do the same with a piece of furniture that costs just about the same? Having the mindset that your space can be ever-evolving and changing with your style and needs is one thing I love about design, and having clients that are on board with that is an even greater blessing.
Always double check your measurements, tape out furniture if you’re unsure about sizing, and remember that comfort is key.