Waldo Fernandez' clientele has included Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Burt and Carole Bacharach, Merv Griffin and fashion designer Carole Little. "My favorite room is the Beverly Hills living room of my clients Lisa Specht and Ron Rogers," says Fernandez, who works out of his Los Angeles showroom. "There are several reasons why I chose this room. The house has wide appeal architecturally--which I cannot take credit for--and the living room is an easy one to relate to. This is a simple, open space with white walls and terra-cotta tile floors--the ideal palette to highlight my clients' art collection. It represents a minimalist approach to design without a hard edge. Lisa and Ron entertain a great deal, and by using the all-white-and-natural scheme, their guests become art as well. The budget for furnishing this room was relatively small by comparison to many of the homes I design, but I think it epitomizes Southern California living at its best. To me it seems timeless . . . something my clients can live with and not tire of for a long time. I look at the room and think to myself, 'What's not to like about this!' "
Louis Cataffo, head of the Los Angeles-based firm Intradesign, is responsible for the interi ors of many hotels--among them the Hotel Bel-Air, the new Four Seasons Hotel, Le Meridien in Newport Beach, the Remington Hotel in Houston, Tex., and the Fairmont Hotels in San Jose and Chicago. His own home was recently featured in Architectural Digest. "The elevator lobby of La Chaumiere restaurant (in the Century Plaza Tower), a unique and challenging space, could be said to be a favorite," Cataffo says. " Trompe l'oeil murals by artist Lenore Cellini surround guests with the fantasy theme of the restaurant from the moment they enter the lobby. The theme of these murals is based on the madrigal of the Renaissance period, complete with antiqued patina finishes. Because the mural continues into the elevator cab itself, all functional requirements were overcome in beautiful detail. This small lobby and elevator represents, in miniature, everything we strive to do in attention to detail, concern for personalization, involvement of guests, technical criteria and the incorporation of humor and whimsy in approaching our profession."