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Designer Profile: Sean Knibb


photo courtesy of Cykora Photography

Sean Knibb, founder of Venice Beach, CA based Knibb Design, uses natural materials, organic forms, and open spaces to create indoor and outdoor environments that blend insight, function, and intimacy. Sean received formal training in design at the Otis Parsons School of the Arts, and in 1992 he opened Knibb Design, which has since become an award-winning firm specializing in environmental design. Sean and his team have worked on a wide range of projects that vary in scale, including estate gardens, furniture, restaurants, and commercial and residential interiors and exteriors. Recent projects include The Line Hotel, a perfect example of Sean’s ability to juxtapose natural and man-made forms to create environments that are visually compelling yet soothing and inviting.

We spoke briefly with Sean about influences, current projects, and his personal living space.

How does the tropical landscape of your upbringing influence your design process today?

I was born in Jamaica but moved to Miami and then Southern California at 9 years old, so my influence is a melange of cultures—a colonial upbringing mixed with Venice surf and skateboarding.

You design both interiors and exteriors. Do you prefer one over the other?

No, it’s not about the space, it’s about the people.


photo courtesy of Cykora Photography

Favorite project yet?

The next one.

What are you working on currently?

Improving my life and myself.

Describe your personal living space in three words.

Earthy, Soft, Bohemian

Peek into the studio of fellow Line Hotel collaborator Erin Althea here.

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