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Q&A with Jessica Iwaniec, Design Director

Pembrooke & Ives Leadership, Jessica Iwaniec

Current Location

Los Angeles


University of Colorado Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature
Parsons, Master’s in the History of Decorative Arts and Design
Cooper Hewitt Museum, Fellowship in Scandinavian Design

Previous Firms

Tamara Magel
Cristina Grajales
Fernando Santangelo


Vintage furniture
20th century design history
Sustainable design

What are some of the differences you’ve found between New York vs Los Angeles design?

The aesthetic seems to shift in LA toward raw unfinished materials and embraces a more casual look. In NY, I see more use of brass and sleeker surfaces.

Uptown Eclectic - Pembrooke & Ives - Eclectic living room design with modern art and colorful furniture...
Uptown Eclectic, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

What are some of your favorite design resources in LA?

There are so many incredible galleries and showrooms in town. Some that come to mind are Grain, Galerie Half, Nickey Kehoe, The Window and Counter Space.


What is your favorite go-to spot in LA?

Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright is a heavy hitter for legendary and incredible interiors. The Richard Neutra VDI House is also exquisite and very rich with thoughtful design details.

East End Avenue - Neutral-toned living room with L-shaped sofa and leather coffee table under David...
East End Avenue, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

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