A Conversation with

David Alhadeff

David Alhadeff opened The Future Perfect in September 2003 in Brooklyn抯 Williamsburg neighborhood, a burgeoning area for design, with the intent of showcasing exceptional artists and designers. Today, The Future Perfect has set the bar for outstanding design with its two locations in design-centric Manhattan and San Francisco. We talked to David about his acclaimed store, the difference between east coast and west coast design and tips for updating a salon space.

What sparked your interest in design?
I have always had an interest in architecture, interior design and industrial design. As other kids were playing with cars, I was drawing floor plans. I honestly can抰 remember a time not being sparked with an interest in design.

Why did you decide to open a design store?
I feel like opening The Future Perfect happened to me instead of being a conscious decision to have a retail store. I wanted to do something with design and ended up running across a place for rent, and then everything fell into place.

What is the concept behind The Future Perfect?
The Future Perfect is a design store focusing on studio-created works from a number of international and local talents. We feature work by Lindsey Adelman, Alma Allen, Michael Anastassiades, Bec Brittain, Charles de Lisle, Piet Hein Eek, Jason Miller, Pinch, Michele Quan and many others. The work ranges from large-scale furniture and lighting to jewelry. We also manufacture a collection of upholstered seating and lighting.

You have a store in Manhattan as well as San Francisco. Do you notice a difference in style between these two cities?
I do see some differences, but there are many similarities as well. Both cities are vibrant centers for art and design. People are interested in similar things: material, craftsmanship and process-driven work. San Francisco is perhaps a bit more conservative than in New York, but both are very liberal cities on the cutting edge.

How would you describe your own design aesthetic?
Eclectic

Do you have any design rules that you always follow?
None

What are some easy updates a salon can do to their space to make it feel fresh?
Change the paint and change the lighting. I can't help you with the paint, but The Future Perfect represents some of the best lighting designers in the market today. Consider a great new focal point chandelier for your entrance. Bec Brittain Shy lights are perfect for modern salons and something like Lindsey Adelman Bubble Chandeliers suit more contemporary spaces. Michael Anastassiades fits the bill with modern lighting for more traditional spaces. He's by no means traditional, but his work is a perfect fit in those spots.

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