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Meet Eilla Shlanger of Eilla Adi Design in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eilla Shlanger.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eilla. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I fell in love with design at a young age; the first art form introducing me to design was oil and acrylic painting. Around 12 years old, I started taking art lessons with my teacher Vibul Wonprasat. During our lessons, overlooking the Venice Canals, we would practice stroke techniques and different mediums while painting the beautiful scene set of greenery, palm trees and reflective water. I will always remember the process of beginning a piece. From starting with a blank canvas to envisioning the potential of that canvas, I would sketch out various ideas until one of them resonated with me. If I was compelled by a sketch, I would continue it through the weeks, adding color and life to the drawing with paint until I was finally able to bring my vision to light.

Interior design to me is my blank canvas. It allows me to control all components of a 3-dimensional space. Taking into account the two dimension designs – taking the art in the room and the spacial relationship of furniture, and adding textiles to complete a full look – a full experience of a room.

I transform the interior design setting using various media of tactile, lighting, to the spacial relationship between objects and rooms. All objects have a relationship with each other that need to be considered, what material is the flooring, where does the light come in or the sunset. All these components come together on my canvas, I look to use these different elements to carry a space that is functional, cohesive, and lux.

What continues to draw me to interior design are two main aspects. One being it is an art form in which we experience daily in both movements and still life form. Whether it is the rooms in our home, the office in our workplace, or the cafe we grab our coffee from in the morning. The second main aspect is how you feel. An indescribable experience where the interior designer conveys emotion through their 3D creation in rooms. Many of my clients who come to me express unease in their home, whether new or old. My job is to redefine their rooms, whether I complete a full renovation or, revive an existing space. My goal is to create comfort and functionality while being in a well-designed space.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’m incredibly grateful to be where I am today. It was not easy leaving a structured 9-5 with security, essentially the unknown that was Eilla Adi Design. When working for another firm, it’s hard to have control over the final product. Being my own boss allows my vision to manifest. The satisfaction of working with my clients & having my designs come to life.

I’m in my second year now of launching my design studio. Being a working designer, my job function ranges from various roles. I’ve learned along the way that designing is not the end-all task. I conduct the initial consult, carry projects to fruition, overseeing a budget, including the final install and product placement. There are always bumps along the way, however, my priority is to understand my client’s underlining goal in design and deliver.

Seeing how all the projects and my client relationships have unfolded, reminds me that this is truly my calling. There is always room to grow, but knowing at this moment that I can wake up and really love what I do and the people I’m working with – means the world to me.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Eilla Adi Design – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I didn’t wake up one day and decide to start my design studio Eilla Adi Design. It’s been a cumulative experience leading me to where I am now. In my early days, I worked on graphic design projects with B&B Italia outdoors. I was a designer at an architecture & interiors firm Leroy Street Studio where the main project I worked on was published in Architectural Digest 2017. I’ve also had the great opportunity to work for Christian Dior more recently where I rendered from scratch custom fixtures for their cosmetic displays. Working for Christian Dior under LVMH really helped me grow in understanding the world of large corporate companies & how they work on a global basis. While working for Dior, I realized I wanted to focus my energy on my ultimate passion – Interior Design.

For me, it is important to understand my client’s style. I pride myself first and foremost on the ability to grasp their core aspiration for their space and deliver that to them in its best form. For example, I’m working on a complete transformation of a building in Manhattan that is over 100+ units, built in 1925. My client wanted to incorporate some of the existing charms with a modernized touch. As an interior designer, I love reworking spaces and taking existing elements to their untapped potential. The 1920s wasn’t equipped for our generations demand of online shopping. By extending the mailroom, I’m creating a destination to accommodate deliveries – such as packages, dry-cleaning, and the like. That, in addition to a lounge in the lobby area, make an updated functional space for today’s needs. Replacing light fixtures and repainting brightens the common areas providing a refreshed look. Refurbishing the existing crown molding and refinishing the travertine floors maintain the classic beauty of the property. Rather than starting from scratch, I feel it is not only important to highlight the historic beauty of the building but also to preserve the raw elements allowing for less overall waste of materials.

Eilla Adi Design specializes in interior design & interior architecture. Given my past experience, my specialties also include custom fixture & furniture design, full renovations, E-Design, home staging & styling services.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Growing up in LA has been such an incredible neighborhood for me as a designer. From being surrounded by monuments such as the Getty, the Walt Disney Hall, to more local examples like each hotel or restaurant immaculately designed. Just walking around my neighborhood in Santa Monica exposed me to exhilarating architects and designers such as Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck. There are so many places to extract design inspiration from, which is such a privilege to me as a designer – in being surrounded by countless beautiful & innovative spaces.

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