Saturday, April 30, 2011

Meet the REAL Modern Family Behind CRAIG OLSEN

CRAIG OLSEN is more than a beautiful showroom offering full design services, we're a family.  Those who know me well know my family is of utmost importance, followed by my business.
If you've had the opportunity to visit my showroom on La Brea you more than likely have met my beautiful and extremely talented sister Kendra Kay.
Kendra has been creating beautiful spaces and bringing new and exciting furniture design concepts to the business for years!  She is married to Shane Pahukoa (former NFL player) and has three amazing children.  Her husband Shane is also in the furniture design world, creating furniture concepts for a design showroom I partnered and launched years ago. Kendra's personality is sure to win anyone over and the dynamic between the two of us is undeniable, and very entertaining I'm told!
This is what happens when we don't see eye-to-eye on a design concept, of course I always win, LOL!
Meet "Girl Saturday," AKA Mom Pat. Without her, none of this madness would have been possible :D
If you happen to be shopping in my showroom on a Saturday you will more than likely have had the pleasure of meeting Girl Saturday.  Girl Saturday is here to lend a hand, chat with cliental and if you're lucky she may even sing you a little tune! :D
Having had several successful design businesses over the last 15 years, I have had my share of great assistants.  I take much pride in my previous assistants as many of them have become great designers opening showrooms of their own and continuing on in other design related endeavors, successfully!  My latest assistant, Daniel Paulson, is a budding designer continuing his design education at the Design Academy of Craig Olsen :D 

Visit our showroom on La Brea and let Team CRAIG OLSEN help make your Interior Design DREAMS a REALITY!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lighting Up Drai's - Hollywood and Vegas!

Aside from creating beautiful residential interiors, we at CRAIG OLSEN also pride ourselves in the many posh commercial spaces we've designed over the years.  When working on a nightclub nobody does it better than my friend Victor Drai. 

I recently had the pleasure of creating custom lamps for the exclusive Drai's Nightclub at the W Hotel in Hollywood and the newly re-modeled Drai's Afterhours Club in Vegas.

The challenge was to design and produce a bulk order of custom lamps from the ground up in a very short time frame.  Creating such a piece requires working with several skilled craftsman as well as Victor to turn a vision into a reality!
The first step in the process is sketching the vision and reviewing it with the client.  After a vision is agreed upon, a sample is produced and presented. The design concept was a wood turned base with an antique gold leafed finish which would later be electrified by another party (as shown in the photo below.) 
A beautiful lamp base requires an equally stunning shade!  In this case, a red silk shade was designed and brought to life to compliment the shape of the antique gold leafed base.
Since every shade needs a harp to prop itself on, custom harps and hardware were also created.  I then consulted another skilled craftsman to produce acrylic diffusers to be fitted on top and bottom of the shade to create illumination fit for Hollywood and Vegas' hottest clubs!
Last but not least, my Girl Saturday (my mom Pat) assists me in carefully wrapping each lamp to be shipped away...and my work is complete:)
You too can have one of these beautiful custom lamps in your own home! Stop by our showroom on La Brea or give us a call to place an order. Different shade colors and finishes are also available!

130 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA  90036