As a teenager, Adam Straus commissioned built-in cabinetry for his bedroom. And when he wasn't pleased with his contractor's plans, he redrew them himself. "I remember saying, 'No, I'd like more symmetry,'" he says. "The contractor said he'd never worked with anyone so detail-oriented...And I don't think he meant it as a compliment!"
It comes as no surprise, then, that Straus eventually landed in design. Currently principal and founder of Adam Bram Straus Design, he began his career in 2003 as an office assistant at Los Angeles-based Kenneth Brown Design. "I was eager to learn," he says, "hungry to participate, patient, and humble. I was with them for eight years, and I couldn't be more grateful."
During that time, Straus moved from office assistant to director of the firm while cultivating his aesthetic: mood-evoking interiors that pair classic lines with eye-catching subtlety. When he spotted an apartment in a historical building in the Hollywood Hills, Straus knew it would make the perfect backdrop for his style. "I saw the potential to juxtapose traditional Spanish architecture with the modern elements of my design sensibility," he says. So, he signed on the dotted line and made the move."
As Straus mixed deep charcoal walls and high-gloss finishes with original architectural detailing, his vision of high contrast emerged. The pairing of mid-century pieces with vintage artwork and contemporary accessories resulted in a regal, collected vibe. It's a space that speaks to the talent of the designer: though he's only lived there three years, his keen eye for an evolved environment makes it appear that he's been there a lifetime.