When a popular Hollywood lifestyle magazine named the 25 best interior designers in Los Angeles, Kathleen Clements was pretty much at the top of the list. And that’s how it all began…
While Kathleen, who works alongside her son Tommy at Kathleen Clements Design, doesn’t generally discuss her celebrity clientele, her work on the homes of actors Jennifer Aniston and Paul Theroux as well as the lovely mansion shared by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia DeRossi is common knowledge.
Clements Design are known for their gallery-like spaces filled with judiciously chosen rustic antiques so spare in their lines that they function almost as sculpture, whether in a light-filled Hollywood Hills house, a Pennsylvania farmhouse or a Hamptons compound. The talented duo is stuning with projects as varied as a mid-century modern design like the renovation of a 1930’s Georgian. They declined to discuss clients, but sources at multiple showrooms say they are working with Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston.
The actress this year bought an A. Quincy Jones midcentury masterpiece in Bel-Air for $21 million. The talented Clementses (Kathleen also has a furniture line) tell THR they are at work on a Bel- Air Mediterranean designed by Paul Williams. Neither is overawed by designing among masters. “There’s a reverence you have to take into consideration,” says Tommy, “but at the same time, I am of the belief that things need to be brought up to date.”
Kathleen’s aesthetic has been described as pruned down and quietly revolutionary, and perhaps it can be traced back to the first truly beautiful space Kathleen says she remembers seeing. “I was in grade school — it was my mother’s living/dining room. Everything was white and spare, and there was a Knoll Saarinen table and Tulip chairs. My mother has always been very groovy!” Kathleen says, adding, “There is something so calming about design in an edited form. Rooms where there is empty space. I admire people who carry on that way. In a perfect world, everyone would dress in Celine and Haider Ackermann and return to their Tadao Ando residence and vacation in Kanaal!”
On Hollywood style, “I don’t think there is one defined style,” says Tommy. “You have people who are ahead of the curve, and those people lead the way.”