2 Top Interior Designers Share the Secrets of Their Favorite Style

Designers Jeffrey Alan Marks and Betsy Burnham share why they’re shopping modernist pieces — and why you should be too.

In honor of this weekend's Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale, we decided to delve a little deeper into this design style and get some thoughts from two top interior designers on what makes this style so special and how they incorporate these pieces into their work. Event Chair of the Modernism Show and Sale, Jeffrey Alan Marks, and designer and design committee member Betsy Burnham share a little bit about why they think modernist pieces are so desirable--and what they can't wait to check out at this year's event.
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Shows like this not only inspire me creatively, but inevitably teach me something new about design in general. I feel as my clientele grow and find their own meaning of home, they want more simplistic, modern surroundings.I feel very strongly about supporting modernism--it's fresher, younger approach to interior design. Just think of how different each decade was in terms of design, from the turn of the century through Bauhaus and art deco and into midcentury. So much to choose from and mix in!
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Triangular Composition by Herbert Busemann, $1800, Galerie Sommerlath Eugenio Escudero Lacquered Headboard, $8500, House of Blu
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With today's evolving catalogue market I see worldwide that designers are using less furniture, but higher quality pieces that are statement makers. Modernism as a movement was both experimental and original, and I think all designers are drawn to that kind of progressive creativity. There's room in every project for modernist pieces.
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Armillary on Stone Base, Price Upon Request, Inner Gardens Kienzle Art Deco Clock by Heinrich Moeller, $975, Modern 2.0
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I like to mix deco glass pieces and handsome midcentury Italian pieces with comfortable, soft furnishings. I'm a big believer in mixing design styles and eras, and I have huge respect for all things vintage and antique.

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Midcentury Slag Planters, $660 each, Inner Gardens  Calder Lithograph Print, $3750, Palette Contemporary
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I cannot wait to see what ROARK Modern will be bringing. I always have a great time looking at the vintage European posters, the American folk art pieces, the lighting, and the fine art.
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Pair of Garden Benches, $12000, ROARK modern WWI Recruiting Poster, $1950, Vintage European Posters

To learn more about the event, head to the LA Modernism website.

Photographs: Courtesy of LA Modernism
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